Public Libraries around NSW

Bringing the State Library World War I collections to NSW

The Library has developed a touring program to share our collections with regional and country NSW. Throughout 2015, we can bring a specialist curator, educator and conservator to present one or more of the following workshops:

  • curator talk with original items
  • preserving your family history and papers workshop
  • Learning Services professional learning for teachers workshop.

Libraries that wish to host the regional touring program are responsible for advertising, promoting and booking the workshops (minimum workshop numbers apply). To get the most from our visit, we recommend partnering with historical and geneological societies, museums and galleries, RSLs, schools and other libraries to promote and host the workshops.

The focus will be on visiting areas throughout the state that can’t readily visit the Library. However, expressions of interest from metropolitan libraries are welcome too.

Local enthusiasts view diaries from the Wagga region

City of Wagga Wagga hosted a very successful visit by World War I curator Elise Edmonds and conservator Cecilia Harvey in early August.

Elise shared Wagga diaries and maps with 30 enthusiasts, which was particularly thrilling for one resident. Peter is a direct descendent of Harry Gissing whose diary and other papers were deposited with the Library during the European War Collecting Project in 1919. 

Cecilia's workshop provided practical advice on preserving family history and papers for 36 local historians.

 

Featured
Arthur John Moore Burrowes letters and postcards to his family, 26 January 1918-15 September 1919
'If anything else is added the post card will be destroyed'

Keeping the secrets of battles fought, won and lost, makes for very clinical correspondence from ‘over there’. Reading between the lines about the realities of life in the armed forces must have been very difficult for the recipients of such scant morsels of information. It isn’t exactly a wordy message but I am sure it would have been happily received back home with the first line kept intact. See postcard.

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Sydney NSW 2000,
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