Visitors to the Library can now explore dozens of fascinating new objects and stories in the Treasures Gallery, following the biggest changeover of items since the gallery's opening in 2011.

Some of the new materials include a major new display on the 1967 referendum and the campaign for Indigenous rights, as well as a section dedicated to Australian women novelists of the early twentieth century. Map enthusiasts can explore the fascinating story of French navigator Louis de Freycinet’s 1817–1820 voyage, with a focus on his wife Rose, who stowed away on board. 

Other highlights include intriguing items from the life of poet Henry Lawson, including his fobwatch and two of his pens, Ben Chifley’s hand-annotated speech announcing the end of the Second World War in 1945, and an adorable collection of miniature books, including tiny editions of Beatrix Potter’s children’s tales.

While many of the objects can only be viewed during a visit to the gallery, some are available to view online, including:

  • the first map to show a full outline of the coast of Australia by Louis de Freycinet, 1811
  • Henry Lawson's fobwatch, metal pen and a makeshift pen constructed from a wooden pencil with a steel nib inserted, and
  • flyer from the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines encouraging Australian to vote 'yes' for Indigenous rights in the 1967 referendum.

The Treasures Gallery is open daily from 10am until 5pm.

Please note the Library is closed on Good Friday (14 April).