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“They’re building a Library for him…”

(from Tenterfield Saddler, words and music by Peter Allen) The early Barr Smith Library, featuring one of the best monumental reading rooms in Australia, was opened in 1932. It was funded by donations from Tom Elder Barr Smith and named in honour of his father Robert Barr Smith who donated some £11,000 for books to […]

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Voyage autour du monde… by Louis Isidore Duperrey (1826)

French naval officer and explorer Louis Duperrey was born in 1786. He joined the navy in 1803 and rose rapidly through the ranks, serving as Lieutenant on board Louis de Freycinet’s Uranie from 1817 to 1820. This expedition around the world saw Duperrey take charge of hydrographic activities and he produced valuable observations on the […]

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Le costume historique (The History of Costume) by Auguste Racinet (1877-1886)

Albert Charles Auguste Racinet was born in France in 1825. He was a bold scholar-artist who initially trained under his father as a draftsman and lithographer before attending the great school of art, graphics and design – the École de Dessin in Paris. As a painter, he took part in the annual exhibitions of the […]

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Practical hints on decorative printing by William Savage (1822)

William Savage was born in Howden, Yorkshire in 1770. He was educated at the local church school and in 1790 commenced business with his brother as a printer and bookseller. He moved to London in 1797 and shortly thereafter was appointed to the Royal Institution of Great Britain, where he performed a number of roles, […]

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Phytologia, or, The philosophy of agriculture and gardening by Erasmus Darwin (1800)

A respected scientist, doctor, inventor, poet and botanist, Erasmus Darwin was one of the leading intellectuals of eighteenth century England. He was born at Elston Hall, near Nottinghamshire, in 1731, the youngest of seven children, and educated at St John’s College, Cambridge before studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh. From 1756 he worked as […]

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Sketchbooks by Hermann Koeler (1837)

Hermann Koeler, one of the first Germans to visit South Australia and to document the conditions prevailing in the colony between 1837 and 1838, is believed to have been born on 3rd August 1813 in Celle, Germany. Of his family, education and employment relatively little is known, except that he was the first of ten […]

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