Perth – State Library of WA – Kyle Hughes-Odgers

There is an interesting exhibition on at the moment at the State Library in Perth. Hidden away in the Story Place Gallery, which is in a corner of the children’s library, the exhibition celebrates the release of the latest children’s book by artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers, called “One Thousand Trees”.

One Thousand Trees 1


Sydney – State Library of NSW – Shakespeare

As well as taking special notice of the Tasman map in the foyer of the State Library (see previous post), we had a chance to look in the library’s Shakespeare Room. The room is open to the public every Tuesday from 10am to 4pm, when a volunteer guide explains the contents of the room.
The Tudor-style wood panelling, stained glass windows, a plaster ceiling with an intricate design, and a collection of books by or about Shakespeare, create an amazing atmosphere, not to be found anywhere else in Australia.

Shakespeare Room Library NSW

Sydney – State Library of NSW – Tasman

On a recent trip to Sydney, we were again impressed by the map on the floor of the entrance foyer of the State Library of NSW. The map shows the 17th century voyages of Dutch navigator, Abel Tasman, who discovered Tasmania long before Captain Cook ‘discovered’ Australia.
The original mapLibrary NSW Tasman Map from which the floor map is drawn is in the library’s collection.

London – Phillip

Arthur Phillip (see previous post) was born within earshot of the bells of Mary-le-Bow church which makes him a Cockney. He was baptised in All Hallows, Bread Street, which was a Wren designed church rebuilt after the Great Fire of London and demolished in 1878. A monument to Phillip was erected in St Mildred’s, Bread Street in 1932, but this church too was destroyed in WWII bombing. Phillip’s bust was rescued from the ruins and placed in nearby Mary-le-Bow. More details about how Phillip rose from his lowly beginnings to become an admiral in the British Navy can be found in Michael Pembroke’s interesting biography.

Arthur Phillip St Mary le Bow

Sydney – Phillip

Just finished reading a biography of Arthur Phillip, the founder of British settlement in Australia. Arthur Phillip: Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy by Michael Pembroke, is an interesting account of the life of the first governor of the colony of NSW. It details the many experiences he had in the British and Portuguese navies which led to him being the ideal person to lead the First Fleet.
The Museum of Sydney is now on the site of Sydney’s first government house. Located on the corner of Phillip and Bridge streets, you can see this memorial plaque on the side of the modern building.

First Government House Sydney

Chiswick – Foscolo

The Italian poet, Ugo Foscolo, lived in London for the last eleven years of his life. He died in Turnham Green, a suburb adjoining Chiswick, and was buried in the graveyard of St Nicholas, Chiswick – the same resting place as for William Hogarth (see previous blog).
In 1871, at the behest of the King of Italy, Foscolo’s remains were moved to Santa Croce in Florence.

Ugo Foscolo Grave