AMAZE Gallery

See Miles Franklin’s final diary, discovered in an old family suitcase before it was donated to the Library in 2018; and a four-metre wide hand-drawn, coloured plan of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with a selection of alternative proposals for the Bridge. We’re also celebrating the 100th anniversary of Norman Lindsay’s children’s book The Magic Pudding (which has never been out of print).

This metal box was used to house and transport important documents.
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Designed by the head of the art department of Sun Newspapers, Donald Sackville Bain, the emblem...

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An alternate design for the Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Maroubra Auction Sale 12 January 1918
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This portrait shows an unknown Aboriginal man wearing a blanket draped over one shoulder and...

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These diaries reveal the inner life of an extraordinary woman, who maintained her ambition...

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Today’s Mitchell Library Reading Room was completed in 1942.
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A gradual is a chant or hymn sung during a Christian Mass.
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A Map of Africa, Asia and the East Indies, 1599, by Evert Gijsbertsz
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‘Reading is work of the mind,’ says Frost, ‘in drawing a person reading a book I can discern a...

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In 1918 Angus & Robertson published May Gibbs’ sixth book and introduced the brothers...

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May Gibbs writes anxiously to Mr Shenstone at Angus & Robertson, asking for feedback on her...

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The Magic Pudding original sketches by Norman Lindsay
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Toulgra, or Bulldog (Bouldogue), was 14 or 15 years old in 1802 when French artist Nicolas-Martin...

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‘I wanted to capture a sense of the place and the people,’ says artist-in-residence Wendy Sharpe.

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The PS Collaroy, ca 1880, drawing attributed to William Forster
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May Gibbs experimented with different designs and hand-drawn letters before choosing this...

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Mary Reibey, baptised Molly Haydock, was born in Bury, Lancashire, England. Convicted of horse...

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The State Library holds 53 newspaper titles in languages other than English.
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