School holidays are fast approaching so don’t forget to come in and borrow some new novels to read as you relax over the break. If you are looking for something to do there are many activities being run by your local Library, at both local and State level.
Don’t forget the State Library over the holidays as there are two free exhibits open to enjoy. For history students there is the Freedom Ride ’65: with unpublished photos from the Tribune archive. You can study the iconic moment in Australian history when a busload of students from the University of Sydney set off around country NSW to expose discrimination and racism against Aboriginal people. Of more than 100 photographs taken by the Tribune‘s ‘special correspondent’, only a handful of prints were ever published. Now, recently digitised to mark the 50th anniversary of the ’65 Freedom Ride, these images provide a compelling alternative view of an event that captured the headlines nationally and internationally and is widely considered a turning point in Australian race relations. This exhibit runs from 5 September 2015 – 29 November 2015 in the Exhibition Rooms.
For those with an artistic bent the Australian Inspiration exhibit is still open until the 27 September in the Exhibition Galleries. Australia’s native flora and fauna has long inspired artists and designers; see illustrations of koalas by Dorothy Wall, Norman Lindsay and Ida Rentoul Outhwaite and various natural flora designs. There are also sketches, models and contemporary artworks of the Sydney Opera House show how it evolved from a functional design to become a cultural icon. This exhibition focuses on how the waratah, the koala and Australia’s most recognizable building, the Sydney Opera House, have become invaluable sources of inspiration and design. Visit, learn and enjoy and have a happy holiday!
Mrs Karen Pentland