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Friends: Chance Survivors from the 17th Century with Paul Brunton

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Friday, 6 May 2016 - 11am to 12pm

Friends 2-part series: Lecture No.1 Chance Survivors from the 17th Century: Landmark Manuscripts at the Library with Paul Brunton An unrivalled collection of European Australia's foundation documents is held in the Mitchell and Dixson Libraries. Yet these only survived precariously, sometimes for centuries, before they were acquired. One collection was posted unsolicited to the Library in the 1950s with a note to say that if it were not wanted, it could be burnt! In this lecture Paul will discuss the intriguing histories of the following manuscripts: The Quiros Memorials: the earliest printed documents of the alleged discovery and plans for settlement of the southern continent written by Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, 1607 to 1614. Diego de Prado y Tovar’s hand-written journal of Luis de Torres’s voyage, 1606. Abel Tasman’s manuscript journal of his 1642-43 voyage to Tasmania and New Zealand and the hand-drawn chart showing both his 1642-43 and 1644 voyage. Paul Brunton OAM, FAHA is Emeritus Curator, State Library of New South Wales and Honorary Associate of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney. He was Senior Curator, Mitchell Library, 2002-2012 and Curator of Manuscripts, 1986-2000. Details of Lecture No.2 Chance Survivors from the 18th Century: Landmark Manuscripts at the Library with Paul Brunton, Friday 13 May. (To book for both lectures in the series, select ticket type: Friends Series 2 Lectures or Guest Series 2 Lectures)

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