Celebrating Writers

The annual conference of the Society of the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) will be held in Australia for the first time in July 2018. The Library is pleased to be a part of this important event. 


Pens belonging to Henry Lawson, c 1905 Envelope and memo to George Robertson from Henry Lawson, c 1905 Bequeathed by Sir William Dixson, 1952,
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Since 1826,  the Library has developed an exceptional collection documenting the history of writing, reading and publishing in Australia. On display in the Mitchell Reading Room for two days, from the 9 July 2018, is a small selection of objects providing material evidence of the history of writing, from cuneiform to keyboards.

A selection of authors' portable typewriters will make up part of the display; from the Empire Artistocrat typewriter belonging to Clive James, the Remington typewriters belonging to poet, journalist, writer, editor and literary critic Douglas Stewart and war time cinematographer Damien Parer, as well as Nobel Literature prize winner Patrick White's Optima typewriter. 

Also on display are examples of the traditional writing equipment once used in the Mitchell Library, from around 1910 to 1940, including the pen used to sign the proclamation of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901 and two pens owned by one of  Australia's best-known writers and bush poets, Henry Lawson (1867-1922).

Come in and be inspired to write!