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National Treasures from Australia's Gr/National Libra/Paper/064227620X/S024-G
National Library of Australia
National Treasures from Australia’s Great Libraries brings our national memory to life, for the first time showcasing more than 170 treasures that have helped define our nation—where we come from, who we are and what sets us apart. Both a guide and a lasting record of a remarkable exhibition, this richly illustrated catalogue reveals the magnificent collections of Australia’s National, State and Territory libraries.
Organised into eight themes, National Treasures from Australia's Great Libraries includes familiar icons such as Ned Kelly's helmet, Cook's Endeavour journal and Sir Donald Bradman's favourite bat. Others may be less well known, such as the heartbreaking diary of Mary Watson, who perished with her baby off a deserted Queensland island, or the diary of Shane Gould written as a teenager during her record-breaking swims at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
The stories told here are astonishing - some are shocking, some are awe-inspiring, some have been forgotten and some are intensely poignant. In their telling, the unknown becomes everyday and what was once ordinary becomes extraordinary.
National Treasures from Australia's Great Libraries tells a rich and remarkable story about our history, our nation, our treasures.... and our libraries.