Hidden away up on the fourth floor of the Library, the Preservation lab is always using weird and wonderful tools to undertake conservation treatment on our wide range of collection material.
On 9 July 1800, Pierce Collits was tried at the Old Bailey in London for receiving stolen goods, including muslin, lace and handkerchiefs, and sentenced to fourteen years' transportation.
On 14 December 1801, Pierce and his wife Mary, a free woman, arrived in Sydney on the Minorca. They would have endured a journey of some months on a vessel that carried both convicts and free settlers, and have landed in a colony that was only 13 years old when they arrived.
This blog was co-written by Ashley O'Neill of Scotland.
Of all the different places to plonk myself down in the National Library of Australia, the Newspapers and Family History Zone is my favourite. Awash in the amber hues of a Canberra twilight, abuzz with the gentle hum and occasional click-clack of microfilm readers, visitors flock to this glorious space to fastidiously uncover scant gems of their family history or perhaps just read the newspaper.