25th Anniversary of the Friends of the National Library

25th Anniversary of the Friends of the National Library
An opportunity to look back and to see how far we've come
30 March 2015

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the formation of Friends of the National Library of Australia Inc. and provides us with an opportunity to look back and to see how far we have progressed since our first member, the late Rt Hon Gough Whitlam AC QC, joined the organisation.

 
Reg Alder, (1917–2003) Gough Whitlam at Fred Daly's Political Sites Tour  1992, nla.pic-vn3598180

The Friends of the National Library was launched by Mr Whitlam at the inaugural Kenneth Myer Memorial Lecture on 5 April 1990. This was followed by a Friends Welcome Day on 7 April 1990 with the late Ruth Cracknell AO officiating. Approximately 2200 people attended this day and participated in a number of activities including behind the scenes tours. The first elected Friends Committee was formed at the annual general meeting on 5 December 1990—replacing a Steering Committee which had been charged with setting up the organisation. We now number more than 2000 members and provide an active annual program of events, as well as supporting the Library through regular donations to the annual Friends Travelling Fellowship and Friends Creative Arts Fellowship, and other special projects.

This year we are celebrating our 25th anniversary with a number of special events, including a cocktail event on Friday 17 April.  This event, entitled Inspiration and Information: Why Libraries Matter, features some of Australia’s best writers talking about the importance of libraries in their lives, and highlights the reasons the Friends are so passionate about supporting the National Library. 

In addition to the various events planned for the anniversary, the Friends Committee has also earmarked $25,000 to purchase two large pieces of artwork to donate to the National Library; these will be hung on the back wall of the newly renovated section of the Main Reading Room.  The formal presentation of these artworks to the Library will take place at our birthday event on Friday 17 April.

GALA EVENT

Inspiration and Information: Why Libraries Matter
Celebrate stories, collections, friendship and libraries.
As the Friends of the National Library of Australia marks its 25th anniversary, join us for a gala evening exploring the inspiration and information libraries provide to us all.
Discover why writers Don Watson, Marion Halligan and Omar Musa love libraries and share your library tales with friends, while enjoying wine, canapés and music.
Friday 17 April, 6.30pm
Theatre and Foyer
$50 Friends, $55 non-members (includes canapés and champagne)
Bookings:  02 6262 1698 or nla.gov.au/bookings/friends