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On this day, 13th November 1850, Robert Louis Stevenson was...

On this day, 13th November 1850, Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh.

Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet and travel writer. He is best known for his books, Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. He was also known as a poet and his 'A Child’s Garden of Verses’ was published in 1885.

He travelled widely in Europe and visited North America, Australia and New Zealand. In 1889, suffering from tuberculosis, he sought a climate more favourable to his health and with his family settled in Western Samoa on the island of Upolu. He was regarded with affection by the local people who called him Tusitala, meaning “teller of tales”.

Robert Louis Stevenson died in Samoa on 3 December 1894 at the age of 44.

The State Library of New South Wales holds photographs taken while Stevenson visited Sydney and while living in Samoa, as well as manuscript papers relating to him.