$1.8 million secures homecoming of major Australian artefact discovered in Canada!

The State Library of NSW sensationally purchased a major, previously unknown Australian artefact for CAD $1.8 million at auction in Canada at 3am this morning [17 October].

An album of approximately 35 watercolours of Sydney and regional NSW, portraits of Aborigines and natural history illustrations made in Newcastle in 1818 were recently discovered in the back of a cupboard in a deceased estate in London, Ontario.

“This remarkable album is a prime document about the settlement of Australia and is without a doubt the most significant pictorial artefact to have been made in colonial NSW during the 1810s,” says Richard Neville, Mitchell Librarian.

We’re absolutely thrilled to be bringing it home to Australia where it belongs,” says Mr Neville.

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Chris Maxworthy's Gravatar Congratulations and well done to the State Library. This is a fantastic addition to the collection, particularly given such an early period in Australian history.
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[#] Posted by: Chris Maxworthy | 19 October 2011 at 7.35 pm
State Library of NSW's Gravatar Thanks Chris, we're thrilled to have secured this amazing album for Australia. For donations, please contact the Library Foundation on (02) 9273 1593 or foundation@sl.nsw.gov.au
[#] Posted by: State Library of NSW | 20 October 2011 at 7.52 am

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