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Tuesday 22 June 2010

Canberra Event: The Marcie Muir Collection

Bush Babies and Banksia Men: Treasures from the Marcie Muir Collection

Friday 25 June, 6pm
Visitor Centre, $20 Friends/$30 non-members (includes light refreshments)
Bookings essential: 02 6262 1698 or friends@nla.gov.au

An exclusive ‘White Gloves’ evening to view a selection of treasures from the Marcie Muir Collection, recently acquired by the National Library of Australia.

Marcie Muir (1919-2007) spent decades searching for the children’s literature of Australia and amassing a private collection of over 7000 titles. Highlights of the viewing will include a copy of A Mother’s Offering to her Children (1841) by Charlotte Barton, believed to be the earliest children’s book published in Australia, and books and related ephemera by the ever popular Norman Lindsay, May Gibbs and Ida Rentoul Outhwaite.

Dr Belle Alderman AM, Emeritus Professor of Children’s Literature (University of Canberra) will speak about the importance of the Marcie Muir Collection to the study of Australian children’s literature.

Please note that guests will not be permitted to take coats and bags into the viewing area due to the potential danger of damage to exhibition items. The Library Cloakroom will be open during the event.

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