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November 14, 2019

Exhibition of rare library items at Deakin Downtown

A very special collection

31 October – 13 December

Deakin University Downtown Gallery

Deakin Downtown, Level 12, Tower 2 Collins Square, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3008

This exhibition presents highlights from Deakin University Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections. From Alfred Deakin to the Wathaurung/Wadawurrung Peoples, from a Geneva Bible to Cleo, Deakin University Library’s Special Collections contains an array of interesting, unexpected and beautiful treasures.

While the collections are generally aligned to the research strengths of the University, many are significant in their own right. This exhibition contains a fascinating selection of material, demonstrating the range and depth of the collections.

The exhibit was curated by Kristen Thornton, Special Collections, Deakin Library. About how she chose which items to feature in this exhibit, Thornton said:

‘I wanted to show the range of materials in the collection, so I’ve highlighted Alfred Deakin. There’s material that relates to him personally, and to how he managed one of his most significant public achievements – Federation.’

‘There is also a section on natural history, which is a good way to show some of our beautiful and rare colour illustrated 18th and 19th century books. Finally, there is a section on Western Victoria, which has a real range of materials within it, including the lovely sterling silver trophy recently donated by Roger Brookes, from the Barrabool Hills Ploughing Match of 1886-87. It’s a local piece, made right here in Geelong.’

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