Exhibitions

Exhibitions at the State Library of New South Wales – current, past and future – seek to engage audiences with the extraordinary range, breadth and depth of our collections.
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Nelson Meers Foundation

The Nelson Meers Foundation supports the State Library of New South Wales in presenting its outstanding collection of rare and historic items to the Australian public through the Heritage Collection series.

 
Geizah train stop, Henry Charles Marshall

Life Interrupted: Personal Diaries from World War I

Open:
5 July 2014 – 21 September 2014
Venue:
Exhibition Galleries

They were teachers, farmers, clerks and architects. Some were still at school. They came from cities, regional towns and the bush. From August 1914 Australian men and women kissed their loved ones goodbye and enlisted in a war they knew little about.

With pride, they went to war with just a few months of battle training under their belts. Some would not return home; those who did were changed forever.

For many, the only link back to a life dramatically interrupted by war was a personal diary with tales of adventure, heartache, bravery — and thoughts of home.

From 1918 the State Library of NSW began collecting the WWI stories of soldiers, doctors, nurses, stretcher-bearers and journalists so that future generations would know about their experiences.

Life Interrupted remembers those who served — in their own words.

Image: Geizah train stop, Henry Charles Marshall (1890–1915), Kensington to Cairo and from Cairo to Gallipoli: Album of photographs, 1914–1915, PXA 1861

Sponsored by News Corp Australia, Supported by the History Channel / FOXTEL and the NSW Government

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Crown Studio

Portraits of War: The Crown Studios Project

Open:
28 June 2014 – 21 September 2014
Venue:
Exhibition Galleries

In May 1918 the Mitchell Library Trustees embarked upon an ambitious project: to photograph NSW soldiers heading overseas to serve in World War I.
 
Officers of the Australian Imperial Force and Naval Forces were invited to the Crown Bromide Enlargement Company, the Crown Studios, in George Street Sydney to be photographed in person or their families sent photographs to be copied. However, due to a fire at Crown Studios in December 1918 the project was never completed.
 
From this project, the Library holds over 1600 touching portraits and 230 of these feature in Portraits of War: The Crown Studios Project.

Image: Alfred Duroux, NSW servicemen portraits, 1918–19, Crown Studios, P1 / Duroux, Alfred

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