ONE hundred was a major exhibition at the Mitchell Library, from 9 March to 16 June, 2010, and the centrepiece of the State Library of New South Wales' centenary celebrations.
The Mitchell Library opened its doors on 9 March, 1910. During 2010 we celebrate one hundred years of collecting, collections and service to the people of NSW and Australia.
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Virtual tour of the One Hundred exhibition at the State Library of New South Wales.
In the top compartment are four glass topped boxes edged with gilded and cedar banding containing carefully arranged collections of New South Wales specimens of butterflies, beetles, insects and spiders presented in breathtaking decorative arrangements.
Beneath the removable painted panels in the concealed side drawers are seaweed specimens and in the two trays of the centre compartment are forty stuffed birds of Australian species, including a tawny frogmouth, satin bowerbird, regent bowerbird, kingfishers, parrots and herons. One of the two smaller drawers in the front of the cabinet contains two glass topped boxes with smaller ornithological specimens such as wrens, robins, finches and pardalotes.
The adjoining drawer contains two boxes of shells, one of larger species, the other smaller. These retain their original gilded dividers forming geometric star-like patterns.
George Augustus Robinson commissioned this painting from John Glover, which he hoped to use for a frontispiece for a book he was planning (Mitchell Library MSS A7043 : letter dated 7 July 1835). Glover replied that he wanted the picture to depict "the Natives at a corrobory, under the wild Woods of the Country - to give an idea of the manner they enjoyed themselves before being disturbed by the White People". He also wanted to "give an idea of the Scenery of the Country" (ML MSS A7058 16 July 1835 p.398).
This daguerreotype is the earliest known surviving photograph taken in Australia. This Daguerreotype was copied by William Nicholas for his portrait of Dr. Bland in William Baker's Heads of the People 18/12/1847 p. 67. [Location number: Q059/H Mitchell Library]
This book of hours is a standard product of a late fifteenth century French regional atelier, and may have been executed as a stock in trade product for a female customer. The first decorated page has a seventeenth century inscription of the names 'Loyse de Lange' and 'de Vilars'.
Over-harvesting a vital food source
A young Mount Pitt birdWhen Norfolk Island’s 1790 crops failed, the colonists faced starvation. The arrival of these birds, which nested on the top of Mount Pitt, in late March proved to be the settlement’s salvation.
These clumsy birds were easily killed. At the height of the slaughter thousands were killed each night: on 5 June 1790, for instance, 6125 birds were taken.
Perhaps surprisingly, the danger of overharvesting this valuable resource was also quickly realised. Orders were issued limiting the numbers of birds which could be taken and the hours during which they could be hunted. However, by 1800 the birds had abandoned Norfolk Island.
The fine quality and manner of execution of this charming watercolour of a young chick suggests it may have been painted in India, from a preserved skin.
The voyage of HMS Endeavour was completed on 12 July 1771. For Cook the voyage was distinguished by the excellence of his survey work and the discoveries he made, notably the east coast of Australia, and New Zealand. For Banks the achievement of the voyage was the identification and documentation of around 1,400 plants and more than 1,000 animals previously unknown to European science.
Banks kept his journal conscientiously during the three year voyage making an entry for almost every day. He added headers at the top of each page, summarising the location or direction of the expedition, at a later stage.
A poster with the prints of two shoes; one in red and one in black. The accompanying text advertises a rally in Martin Place, Sydney in December 1970 and calls for the withdrawal of troops from Vietnam, abolition of conscription and veto of the Saigon government. The Moratorium symbol appears in the upper left of the poster.
Jorn Utzon was born on 9 April 1918 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He graduated with the gold medal for architecture from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen in 1942. He joined the Helsinki office of Alvar Aalto in 1946, and the Helsingborg office of Erik Andersson in 1950.
On 29 January 1957 the Premier of New South Wales J.J. Cahill announced Utzon as the winner of an international competition for the design of an opera house to be built on Bennelong Point, Sydney. Work on the construction of the Sydney Opera House began on 2 March 1959. Between 1957 and 1963 Utzon worked on the project from Denmark, moving to Australia on a permanent basis in 1963. On 28 February 1966 Utzon tendered his resignation to Davis Hughes, Minister for Public Works, and left Australia in that year.
Incorrectly labelled as Governor Davey's proclamation, this work actually depicts Lieutenant-Governor Arthur's proclamation of c.1828-1830. Originally conceived by George Frankland as a way of communicating the proclamation to Aborigines so they would understand how it affected them, his original drawing was reproduced onto boards in 1830 and then mounted on trees in remote areas where Aborigines would see them. The Tasmanian Surveyor-General's Office later produced lithographic reproductions of the originals, and these too were incorrectly titled as Governor Davey's, the mistake being also perpetuated in subsequent copies. Thus the boards and lithographs came to be popularly referred to as Governor Davey's Proclamation, despite that being an error. Source: Dictionary of Australian Artists / Joan Kerr (Ed.). Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1992.