by Kristin Twomey, 2017 Jean Arnot Memorial Fellow
Winner of the 2017 Jean Arnot Memorial Fellowship essay by Kiristin Twomey on the importance of libraries as information, educational, cultural and social institutions assisting to build local communities.
In 1864 the Reverend John M. Jephson published his book on the birthplace, home, and grave of Shakespeare. Nestled within the pages of text are a series of photographs of sites relating to Shakespeare’s life in Stratford-on-Avon.
From tales of colonial adventure to moralising educational tracts, children’s literature in nineteenth-century Australia played a significant role in educating children as the nation’s future citizens.
Alec Chisholm (1890–1977) was once famous in Australia. Although that’s no longer so, he’s a man worth remembering. Journalist, historian, literary critic, naturalist, conservationist and encyclopaedia editor.
The 1970s were a transformative time for northern New South Wales, especially in the regional town of Nimbin. The 1973 Aquarius Festival changed the small country town and the surrounding region forever.