Australia's first celebrities come to the Charles Rasp Memorial Library in a travelling display!
Australia has many animals and plants that are unique in their apparenace. This display explores how thekoala and the warratah were first depicted over 200 years ago and how they ahve eveled to be come nation icons.
Sarah Morley, the curator of the Australian Inspirations display says "The koala was so unique that early colonists found it difficult to draw - In 1803, Australian artist John William Lewin (1770-1819) was the first person to draw a koala, from a specimen that was brought from Mount Kembla to Sydney."
Highlights of the Australian Inspiration display include:
- some of the earliest known drawings of Australian flora and fauna
- Dorothy Wall's drawing of Blinky Bill and her earlier characters in Tommy Bear and the Zookies form c. 1920
- a quirky waratah costume design created for the 1938 Sesquicentenary of Australia