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Building the collection
The collection is at the heart of the Library’s work to support and encourage research, debate, conversation, inspiration, learning and enjoyment. We collect printed books, pictures, letters, maps, manuscripts, photographs and more.
Donations to the Foundation allow the Library to add rare and exciting items to the collection. These acquisitions help tell the story of who we are and where we are going.
Examples of Foundation-funded projects that have enhanced the collection are listed below.
Sir Arthur Streeton’s 1894 panoramic view of Sydney Harbour
In April 2019 the Foundation was delighted to support a major acquisition for the Library’s picture collection by Australian impressionist Arthur Streeton. Panoramic view of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline, 1894, was most likely painted from a high vantage point near Curraghbeena Point (Raglan Street) in Mosman. It is the first Streeton painting in the Library’s collection. Thanks to a small, committed group of donors, the Library was able to purchase this important work.
View the catalogue record for Panoramic view of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline.