On 23 January, brother and sister duo Benjamin and Michelle Law will be at the Library to share their experiences of growing up in a Chinese family in Australia.
With the overwhelming popularity of the SBS comedy The Family Law, many of you are no doubt familiar with Michelle Law’s teenage, TV-screen counterpart, as seen through the eyes of her brother Benjamin. But what about the woman herself?
It is interesting that Rex Nan Kivell (1898–1977), an art dealer who was so passionately interested in portraiture and in the representation of those that shaped our part of the world, only commissioned two artists to capture him in portrait form. He included these works in his compendium Portraits of the Famous and Infamous along with references to, and images of, his friends and those who had assisted him to produce his very time-consuming volume over nearly two decades.
T.F.W. (active 1800), possibly George Barrington c. 1800, Rex Nan Kivell Collection (Pictures), NK9767-A, nla.catvn536015
George Baxter (1804-1867), The massacre of the lamented missionary the Rev. J. Williams and Mr Harris, printed in oil colours [by] the patentee G. Baxter, London : Published by G. Baxter, 1841, nla.obj-138467869 Rex Nan Kivell Collection (Pictures)
Richard Read (1765–1827), Elizabeth Isabella Broughton 1814, watercolour; 36.3 x 30.3 cm, Rex Nan Kivell Collection (Pictures), NK417, nla.pic-an4862493
Many of the items on display in our Exhibition Gallery for the William Strutt exhibition, Heroes and Villains: Strutt's Australia, previously had dark orange and brown staining on their corners from deteriorated sticky tape or adhesive where it may have been previously mounted. These dark adhesive residues had begun to stain the objects all the way through to the front of the work. As this was accelerating the rate of degradation of these works, we have attempted to remove as much of the adhesive and stain as possible without causing harm to the work.
This Sunday, the National Library of Australia is holding its first ever event that will be live streamed using #Periscope via Twitter.
One of my favourite parts of working on exhibitions is undertaking research and having the opportunity to find out the stories behind the items in our collection.
In preparation for display in the Library’s current exhibition Revealing the Rothschild Prayer Book c. 1505–1510 from the Kerry Stokes Collection, Preservation Services was very excited to receive into its care a fourteenth-century English Psalter MS 1172. The Latin text is dated to 1330–1350 AD and features annotations and drawings by a sixteenth-century Welsh school boy. The manuscript remains in what appears to be its original monastic binding.