Many of the National Library of Australia’s greatest treasures, including Lieutenant James Cook’s Endeavour Journal, will go on show in a special preview of the new state-of-the-art Treasures Gallery, scheduled to open late next year.

Treasures Gallery 2010: A Preview, which opens on22 April and runs until 19 July, features more than 80 of the National Library’s prized collection items collected over the past 100 years, many of which will take pride of place when the Treasures Gallery opens.

‘This special preview exhibition will provide a wonderful glimpse of what is to come in our new Treasures Gallery,’ Director-General of the National Library, Ms Jan Fullerton said. ‘The items have been carefully chosen to showcase the Library’s diverse collections, including Manuscripts, Pictures, Rare Books, Maps and Oral History.

‘These 80 items, selected from the more than nine million in our collection, include some rarely seen pieces which we are delighted to have on show for visitors, including a pochoir print from a series by Picasso and Jørn Utzon’s model for the design of the Sydney Opera House shells.’

Other highlights of the exhibition include:

  • the ‘Gallipoli’ letter by war correspondent Keith, later Sir Keith, Murdoch to Prime Minister Andrew Fisher
  • Patrick White’s notebooks
  • bushranger Ben Hall’s revolver
  • Lindy Chamberlain’s papers
  • exquisite images by acclaimed artist Ellis Rowan.

Exhibition Details:
Treasures Gallery 2010: A Preview, 22 April 2009 – 19 July 2009, Exhibition Gallery. Open daily. Free.

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Sally Hopman, Media Liaison Manager, 02 6262 1704 or 0401 226 697