Library looks at our past

AN ICONIC display of Australia's history is coming to Coffs Harbour City Library from September 6-17.

Reproductions of Joseph Banks' ‘Endeavour' journal, Utzon's award-winning 1957 sketch of the Sydney Opera House, and the private diary Shane Gould kept at the 1972 Munich Olympics, are among a range of manuscripts that will be on display to celebrate the centenary of the famous Mitchell Library.

The Mitchell Library: ONE Hundred Years panel display features a small range of the artefacts held by the Mitchell Library.

Built on the collecting obsession of great benefactor David Scott Mitchell, the Mitchell Library has been captivating its visitors since first opening its doors on March 9, 1910.

David Scott Mitchell's original bequest of 40,000 books has now increased to 600,000 and his collections of manuscripts, pictures and maps have similarly grown.

The collection now includes microforms, oral histories, electronic resources and websites.

Coffs library manager Enzo Accadia said they were lucky to host a very special guest.

“Paul Brunton, senior curator at the State Library of NSW and acting Mitchell Library librarian, will give a free talk on Australia's best-known poet and writer Henry Lawson on September 6,” Mr Accadia said. “He's going to be bringing along some original manuscript material which is a major drawcard in itself.”

The Paul Brunton talk will be held on Tuesday, September 6. It will begin at 5.30pm for a 6pm start. All are welcome to attend this free event.

The 25 items highlighted in the Mitchell Library: ONE Hundred Years panel display were chosen because they each tell a remarkable story about an aspect of Australian or Pacific life and together show the range and depth of the Mitchell's holdings.

Visitors to Coffs Harbour City Library can view colourful reproductions and learn more about: Joseph Banks' Endeavour journal, 1768-1771; the Macquarie Collector's Chest, 1818; the artwork of Kwatkwat man, Tommy McRae; Utzon's award-winning sketch of the Sydney Opera House, 1957; the private diary Shane Gould kept at the Munich Olympics in 1972; a confronting hand-made art book documenting ‘War on terror' 2008, and much more.

The Paul Brunton talk will be held on Tuesday, September 6. It will begin at 5.30pm for a 6pm start and all are welcome to attend this free event.



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