National Treasures

from Australia's Great Libraries

The National Library of Australia announces the opening of a major national travelling exhibition - National Treasures from Australia’s Great Libraries on 3 December 2005 . The exhibition celebrates our history, our nation, our libraries and our treasures. It offers a unique opportunity to view, in one place, more than 170 rare and valuable objects—many never before displayed—that are housed in Australia ’s national, state and territory libraries.

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Don Bradman — How I Play Cricket 1932
colour screenprint poster
State Library of South Australia

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Henry Lawson’s pen 1916–1917
lead, wood and steel; 10.2 x 1.2 cm
Pictures Collection, nla.pic-an23078287
National Library of Australia

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Lorna Laffer (1909–1995)
Bomb Crater, Darwin 1942
gelatin silver photograph; 5.5 x 8.0 cm
Northern Territory Library

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Ellen Kettle (1925–1997)
Pages from her 1959 diary
16.5 x 10.5 cm
Northern Territory Library

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List of Darwin evacuees
Darwin: Department of Social Security, 1974–75
bound book; 22.5 x 31.5 cm
Northern Territory Library

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Mary Watson
Diary fragment, 8 September 1881
State Library of Queensland

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James Cook (1728–1779)
Journal of the HMS Endeavour 1768–1771
manuscript; 52.5 x 34.0 cm
Manuscript Collection, MS 1
National Library of Australia

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John Hunter (1737–1821)
King parrot (Alisterus scapularis)
watercolour; 22.6 x 18.3 cm
Rex Nan Kivell Collection NK2039
Pictures Collection, nla.pic-an3149631
National Library of Australia

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Raymond Stanley Stewart (1914–2001)
Toilet paper roll diary 1942
pencil on toilet paper on original card roll
In the Papers of Raymond Stanley Stewart (1939–1998)
State Library of Western Australia
© Library Board of Western Australia

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Billingee
Drawing 1907
with annotations by Daisy Bates (1859–1951)
pencil and coloured crayon on paper; 24.0 x 36.5 cm
J S Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia

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Souvenir of the opening of Parliament House at Canberra
Melbourne: Federal Capital Commission, 1927
printed booklet with blue velvet cover with ribbon attached; 19.5 x 13.7 cm
ACT Heritage Library

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Menu: Dinner to His Royal Highness The Duke of York, Melbourne, 1927
printed menu on card with gold edging, black print with coloured coat of arms; 14.4 x 9.5 cm
ACT Heritage Library

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Henry Lawson (1867–1922)
The Lights of Cobb & Co. 1943
Illustrated by Ella Lillian Pederson (1898–1983)
bound manuscript; 27.7 x 19.7 c
State Library of Queensland

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Jørn Utzon (b.1918)
Side elevation showing glazing highlighted in yellow 1960
Colour sketches 1960
pencil on paper; 47.0 x 32.0 cm
Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

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Kenelm Digby (1800–1880)
The Kanguroo, copied from a living animal, exhibited in Dublin
in his The Naturalist’s Companion 1810–1817
bound album of watercolours; 39.6 x 25.2 cm
Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

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Frank Fahy (1896–1978)
Scrapbook of an undercover policeman 1920–1952
scrapbook containing newscuttings and photographs; 35.0 x 28.0 cm
ML MSS 7198
Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
Presented by Joyce Cardinaels, December 2001

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A Catalogue of the Different Specimens of Cloth 1787
(Specimens of cloth from the South Seas)
London: Alexander Shaw, 1787
bound book; 22.0 x 16.7 cm
State Library of Queensland

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Unknown artist
Governor Arthur’s Proclamation to the Aborigines c.1830
oil on huon pine board; 35.5 x 22.6 cm
Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

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Andrea Corsali
Letter to Giuliano de Medici 1516
bound volume; 29.5 x 22.5 cm
State Library of New South Wales
Kindly lent to the State Library of New South Wales by the late Dr Bruce Reid, AM, KNO

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Convict uniform and two caps 1830–1849
leather cap 15.0 x 10.8 x 27.5 cm; woollen cap 19.0 x 20.5 x 20.5 cm; trousers 107.0 x 51.0 cm; jacket length 76.0 cm
Pictures Collection, nla.pic-an6393471
National Library of Australia

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Eddie Koiki Mabo (1936–1992)
Eastern Shore of Murray Island looking North-West 1981–92
ink and watercolour on paper; 32.5 x 20.4 cm
Manuscript Collection, MS 9518
National Library of Australia

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Christina Rutherford MacPherson (1864–1936)
Waltzing Matilda 1897
Words by A.B. Paterson (1864–1941)
Musical arrangement by Christina Rutherford MacPherson
handwritten sheet music; 31.0 x 24.8 cm
Manuscript Collection, MS 9065
National Library of Australia

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Charles Ulm (1898–1934) and Charles Kingsford-Smith (1897–1935)
Notes passed between the cockpit and the navigation cabin during the Southern Cross trans-Pacific flight, 31 May–9 June 1928
five pieces of paper; 12.7 x 18.6 cm; 18.4 x 12.7 cm; 13.0 x 12.7 cm; 7.4 x 16.7 cm; 15.0 x 17.0 cm
Manuscript Collection, MS 1925
National Library of Australia

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Ned Kelly (1855–1880)
Helmet
helmet and visor; height 33.5 cm, diameter 24.0 cm
MS 13361
State Library of Victoria

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Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company
Colt revolver owned by Wills (William John Wills)
metal with wooden handle; 3.0 x 11.0 x 18.0 cm
State Library of Victoria

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Michael Leunig (b.1945)
Street Football c.1990
watercolour, gouache and crayon on white paper; 21.0 x 36.3 cm
State Library of Victoria
Gift of Mrs Helga Leunig

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James Barker Emery (c.1794–1889)
three fish on page headed 'Abrolhos'
Sketches of Australian fishes 1837–41
watercolours on paper; 5 . 1.0 x 4 . 1.0 cm each
State Library of South Australia, Rare Book Collection

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General Motors-Holden’s Pty Limited
Drawings of Body Exterior–Ornamentation Installation, probably for the EH from the Engineering Department 1962
dyeline print; approx. 43.3 x 56.0 cm
South Australiana Collections, State Library of South Australia

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Arnold Colom (1624–1668)
Zee-atlas, ofte water-wereldt: In houdende een Korte beschryvinge van alle de bekende zee-Kusten des aardtrycks. Nieuwelijcks uyt-ghegheven (Sea atlas of the water world: Concerning short descriptions of all the well-known sea coasts of the earth. Newly issued)
Amsterdam: de Nieuwen-brugh, 1658
16 double leaved hand-coloured maps; 58.0 x 36.2 cm
Royal Geographical Society of South Australia, State Library of South Australia

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Bat used by Don Bradman
cricket bat with silver plaque; 85.7 x 10.7 x 5.0 cm
Bradman Collection, State Library of South Australia

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William Buelow Gould (1801–1853)
Sea Horse
In his Sketchbook of Fishes in Macquarie Harbour c.1832
35 watercolour paintings on paper; 23.4 x 19.0 cm
Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, State Library of Tasmania

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B.A. Watson, Orchardist
The Nurse Brand Apples
Castle Forbes Bay, Tasmania: c.1930
coloured label; 25.3 x 28.1 cm
Tasmaniana Library, State Library of Tasmania

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