Professor Grace Karskens was awarded a Coral Thomas Fellowship for a project based on an extraordinary document in the Library’s collection: the Reverend John McGarvie’s 1829 ‘Native Names of Places on the Hawkesbury’. Working with a team of Aboriginal researchers, artists, teachers and knowledge holders, as well as archaeologists, linguists and local experts, Grace has mapped most of the over 170 place names on McGarvie’s list.
Join us for the launch of Rare Book week. Professor Stuart Kells will explore the search for Shakespearean books, including volumes from Shakespeare’s own library, as a window into the mindset of bibliophiles and bibliomaniacs. Informed by examples from the State Library’s own collections, the talk will also shed light on how Shakespeare has been collected and appreciated in the New World.
Presented by Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy AM. Robert Clancy has been an avid map collector for over 40 years, from $20 tourist maps to rare charts of exploration. Each map in his collection has a story attached - whether it be the first selection he bought in London or the Matthew Flinders atlas he bought in 1978.
This free talk will take you on a ‘Magical Mystery’ tour of the National Library of the United Kingdom, including a special insight into the complex, and diverse digital materials the British Library collect and preserve, and the extraordinary examples which demonstrate how the collections are used for research, inspiration and enjoyment.
In New South Wales the serving soldiers were charged with a double remit — as the agents of expansion and as the enforcers of confinement. This dual military function is examined through the story of two wooden boxes — including the Macquarie Collector’s Chest, one of the treasures of the Mitchell Library.
In this final session of History Matters we consider the subjects that often get ignored or sidelined in history. History practitioners will unpack why some subjects are not as popular for research. How many elephants will we find in the room?
Cathy Perkins will talk about her new biography, The Shelf Life of Zora Cross, in conversation with Curator Sarah Morley. They will discuss the pleasures and challenges of biography, and why Zora Cross was such a satisfying subject.