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National Treasures from Australia’s Great Libraries

By Hendo 5 December 2005 0

Our history, our nation, our treasures . . . and our libraries. An exhibition which tells the great Australian story, opens at the National Library of Australia on 3 December 2005.

The exhibition, four years in development, will tour 175 iconic objects drawn from the magnificent collections of Australia’s national, state and territory libraries to every capital city over the next two years.

The exhibition includes manuscripts, maps, books, paintings and objects which have been brought together for the first time. Each item has been carefully chosen for its narrative power and how it relates to the people, places and events that have made the nation what it is today.

Every object describes a moment of significance in our changing society:

Captain Cook’s handwritten Endeavour Journal (1768–1771)
Eddie Mabo’s papers
Donald Bradman’s favourite bat
Ned Kelly’s helmet
Azaria Chamberlain’s hospital identification bracelet

And much more… see their site.

National Treasures from Australia ’s Great Libraries
National Library of Australia 3 December 2005 – 12 February 2006
Open daily 9am – 5pm (Closed Christmas Day)
Free entry

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