On the cover

This watercolour of children lost in the Australian bush (a subject popular with nineteenth-century artists) is one in a series of illustrations by artist William Strutt.

Born in England, Strutt lived in Australia during the 1850s and early 1860s, a period during which ‘heroic’ archetypes, from bushrangers to explorers, were finding their place in the Australian consciousness. His large canvases depict moments in Australian history on a monumental scale, from the burial of fated explorer Robert O’Hara Burke to the Black Thursday bushfires of 1851.

Heroes and Villains: Strutt’s Australia is the latest exhibition at the National Library.

In this issue

  • Heroes and Villains: Strutt’s Australia
    Matthew Jones gives an overview of the work of William Strutt, the subject of the Library’s latest exhibition
  • Boxing in Australia: Fighting for Equality
    The battle for racial equality in Australia has also been fought in the ring, says Grantlee Kieza
  • Lost and Found on the Albert Hall Trail
    Lenore Coltheart examines some photographs and concert programs that prove to be much more than just souvenirs
  • A Century of Peace Work
    Kate Laing looks at an important organisation begun by women during the First World War
  • Who Was Usagiya? A Publishing Puzzle
    Emiko Okayama goes down the rabbit hole in pursuit of a mysterious Japanese publisher
  • Gifts from Friends
    To mark their 25th anniversary, the Friends of the National Library have donated three striking paintings to the Library for its Main Reading Room. Sharyn O’Brien takes a closer look.