Friday, 13 May 2016 - 11am to 12pm
Friends 2-part series: Lecture No.2 Chance Survivors from the 18th 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 papers of Sir Joseph Banks: the Australian collection par excellence. The hand-written journals of First Fleeters. Only 11 are known to exist; 9 of which are held by the Library. 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. Original materials will be on view at the lecture.