Nominations now open for prestigious Honours of the Library Council

Nominations are now open for the Honours of the Library Council of New South Wales which recognise distinguished individuals who contribute to the cultural enrichment of Australia through excellence in the library, information and related fields.

According to NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive, Alex Byrne: “The Honours of the Library Council of New South Wales were established last year, the year of the 75th anniversary of the Libraries Act, to award the highest level of individual achievement aligned to the State Library’s mission and values, vision and strategic priorities.”

“This year, we look forward to continuing these awards as we establish a great tradition,” said Dr Byrne.

The Honours of the Library Council of New South Wales are being offered in the following categories:

  • The Medal of the Library Council of New South Wales
  • The Dixson Medal
  • The Ifould Medal
  • Emeritus Curator
  • Honorary Fellow

Nominations close on Friday 27 March 2015.

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'Then & now' images reclaim little-known Greek-Australian WWI story

An evocative series of ‘then and now’ photographs – on show at the State Library of NSW from 24 February 2015 – will help shed light on the little-known stories of Australian nurses and soldiers on the small Greek island of Lemnos during the Gallipoli campaign.

Lemnos 1915: Then & now presents 16 powerful photographs which place 100 year-old B&W images of Australian nurses and soldiers within modern, colour landscapes taken in the same location by Sydney-based couple, playwright Cheryl Ward and Bernard de Broglio.               

“I was fascinated with Lemnos. It was probably one of the hardest places for the Australian nurses to serve,” says Cheryl Ward. “The hospital tents were regularly blown over, the tent kitchen would catch on fire, not to mention the dysentery, lack of fresh water, the relentless swarm of flies and burrs blowing around that forced nurses to cut off their hair.”

Lemnos was the principal assembly, embarkation and supply point for the Gallipoli landings. Thousands of exhausted and badly wounded Anzacs were treated there by some 130 Australian nurses in makeshift hospitals set up from August 1915. Other major Allied medical hospitals supporting the Gallipoli campaign were also on the island and included Canadians, British and New Zealanders. 

With few physical remnants of WWI on the island, Cheryl and Bernard set about relocating the original site of the field hospitals using a sketch map, then poured over Google Earth to match the background in the historic photos they found in the State Library of NSW’s collection, taken by Australian soldier Albert William Savage.

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Shortlist announced for Australia's most prestigious prize in business literature

Four fascinating books have been shortlisted in the 2014 Ashurst Business Literature Prize - Australia’s richest and most prestigious award for business writing, the State Library of NSW announced today [Friday 6 February].

The shortlisted authors and titles are:

  • Andrew Burrell – Twiggy: The High Stakes Life of Andrew Forrest (Black Inc.)
  • Ben Hills – Stop the Presses: How Greed, Incompetence (and the Internet) Wrecked Fairfax (ABC Books/HarperCollins)
  • Margaret Simons – Kerry Stokes: Self-Made Man (Penguin Group Australia)
  • Rodney Tiffen – Rupert Murdoch: A Reassessment (NewSouth)

The winner will be announced at a special presentation dinner in Sydney on 4 March 2015

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