- Treasures Gallery, Ground floor
FreeNo booking required
The Treasures Gallery highlights the extraordinary holdings of the National Library of Australia. From maps and rare books to manuscripts, photographs, oil paintings and watercolours, here is where you will find many of the Library’s most important items. Be intrigued, surprised, challenged and amazed by the stories these unique treasures tell.
See the journal James Cook wrote on the Endeavour voyage (1768–1771), as well as his writing bureau, along with the journals Burke and Wills kept in their final hours. You'll also find an original manuscript of Australia’s unofficial anthem Waltzing Matilda, Australia's first gold medal for women's swimming, won by Fanny Durack at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, the landmark papers of Edward Koiki Mabo and much more.
Displays are changed regularly to preserve the treasures for future generations.
To be able to see in the same room some of the most notable and sometimes affecting stories in Australian history, whether it is Waltzing Matilda, First World War items such as Keith Murdoch’s Gallipoli Letter or exquisite colonial watercolours, is a unique and thought-provoking experience - Nat Williams, Treasures Curator
The Treasures Gallery is free and open every day, except Christmas Day and Good Friday.
The Library warmly thanks our Treasures Gallery supporters. Their generosity has made it possible to bring these treasures to life for the whole community.