UNESCO pitch

UNESCO pitch

Come to this fun, fast and informal event hosted by ABC Radio Sydney’s Cassie McCullough and have your say on which collections the Library should forward for the 2020 UNESCO Australian Memory of the World register.

3 April 2019 5:30pm to 7:30pm


General Admission: $15.00
State Library Friend Member: $10.00


State Library of New South Wales
Mitchell Building
Sydney NSW 2000


UNESCO pitch

Get behind your favourite personality and help us decide which piece of Australia’s history should be shared with the world!

ABC Radio Sydney’s Cassie McCullagh hosts a fun night at the Library where our guest panellists will champion three amazing Library collections to be considered for the UNESCO Memory of the World register.

Conservationist and gardener Costa Georgiadis will be wax lyrical on the Myles Dunphy collection – a rich, personal record of the early environmental conservation movement in NSW.

Bangarra choreographer Frances Rings will champion the papers of David Unaipon – an inventor, philosopher, writer, storyteller, and the inspiration behind her celebrated work, Unaipon.

And the irrepressible emeritus curator Paul Brunton OAM will spruik William Bligh’s logbook from his infamous HMS Bounty voyage (1787-1790).

Come early and enjoy a drink at the bar and a stroll around the UNESCO 6 exhibition .


Cassie McCullagh

Cassie McCullagh grew up in Sydney and is a presenter, journalist and writer. Since joining the ABC in 2007 she has presented and produced a wide range of programs for Radio National, Local Radio and Classic FM.

Most recently Cassie presented RN’s flagship social affairs program Life Matters, and the popular culture programs TV Club and The List, as well as presenting Best of the Festivals and reporting for Books and Arts. In 2017 Cassie has also filled in for Phil Clark and Sarah Macdonald on Nightlife, and for Simon Marnie on Weekend Mornings for ABC Radio Sydney.

In television in recent years Cassie has been a regular commentator on ABC TV’s arts program The Mix, and in 2015 co-hosted Foxtel’s arts and culture program, Event, with Deborah Hutton.

Prior to joining the ABC, Cassie worked in print journalism as senior feature writer, columnist and news reporter for The Illawarra Mercury, and for seven years as a staff writer for Good Weekend.


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Paul Brunton

Paul Brunton is Emeritus Curator, State Library of New South Wales and an Honorary Associate of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney.

He was Senior Curator, Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, from 2002-2012.

He worked with the Mitchell Library’s Australiana collections from 1973 and was Curator of Manuscripts from 1986 to 2001.

His annotated edition of Joseph Banks’ journal kept on Endeavour, 1768-1771, was published in 1998.

He was curator of the exhibition Politics and Power: Bligh’s Sydney Rebellion 1808 (2008). He is preparing an annotated edition of the original handwritten journal and logbook of William Bligh kept on HMS Bounty, 1787-1789, for publication by Allen & Unwin.

In 2003, he was awarded the Centenary of Federation medal for services to libraries. In 2012, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to Australian history through various curatorial positions at the Mitchell Library. In 2012, he was elected an honorary member of the Australian & New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB). In 2013, he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA).



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Costa Georgiadis

Costa Georgiadis is a lover of nature and above all else a teacher. He is the host of the ABC’s Gardening Australia. A landscape architect and permaculturalist, Costa’s real passion is food.






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