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Aboriginal. On leaving the east coast of Australia in 1770, James Cook described empathically his opinion of the natives he encountered. '"In reality," Cook wrote in his journal "they are far more happier than we Europeans."
Australian travel exploration and discovery. From the first day of European settlement of Australia, exploration and discovery throughout the nation has been documented. Australia's Hume Highway between Sydney and Melbourne follows somewhat the return journey of pioneer Hamilton Hume's expedition in 1824. School history textbooks told the story of Hume, Australia's first native born explorer and his companion William Hovell. Hume led their expedition with six convicts, a cart horses and bullocks through unexplored country from Sydney to Port Phillip. A 426 kilometre walking track from Yass to Albury commemorates the expedition.
Autobiographies/biographies of Australian authors cast light on the value of creativity. They also demonstrate something personal - the human side of a writer’s life and work. And trawling this catalogued topic uncovers hidden gems. The Bulletin’s publication and David Adams’ editing of the letters of Rachel Henning ( “…in Queensland she has at last stepped out of the pages of Pride and Prejudice into the Australian outdoors which she has taken to her heart…” ) is just one example.
Business history. When the future of work comes into question, past struggles of people to maintain their independence become highly relevant. Individuals make a living from knowledge and venture into on line innovation. The capacity of business to create something truly impressive, make a perfect product and allow imagination to triumph, is evidenced in its history.
Children's literature. Victorian children's books are characterised by hand coloured plates, early colour printing, wood engravings, chromolithography and other forms of book illustration of the mid to late nineteenth century. Distinguished by their decorated covers, gilt lettering and embossed design, the literature reflects changing values attitudes and sentiment. Showing how childhood has changed, children's books from another century not only reveal education and instruction of their time. They offer adults an opportunity to understand life as it was then enacted.
Ephemera. Handwritten or printed, ephemera in the form of paper, card or parchment documents can be unique. Hundreds and hundreds of categories provide opportunties to record history from thought provoking items. A war time ration card for civilian clothing becomes relevant not only to clothing, costumes and apparel. It is part of the social and military history, politics and economics of the country issuing the card.
Essays. In his preface to Bacon's Essays With Annotations (1858) Richard Whately described the seventeenth century essays of Bacon and Montaigne. They were designed, he believed, to be "suggestive of further remarks and reflections and in short, to set the reader a-thinking on the subject. " Whately wrote that this should no longer be so: additional remarks, he wrote, implied " a deficiency and imperfection " - something wanting - in the work ..." With or without remarks and reflections, essays are evidence of reading as one of the highest forms of intellectual activity.
Fine book bindings. Most gilt embossed school, college and university prize bindings are from institutions of the mid to late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Almost all bindings are leather, mainly either morocco or polished calf, some with marbelled edges and end papers. Most also have their institution's decorative prize label on the front paste down. Many are heavily gilt stamped on the spines with raised bands, gilt titles, gilt decorated compartments and fine inside dentelles. The significance of each book's textual content can be as interesting as its physical embellishment.
Music. Books about harmony, style, new sounds, and the techniques of composition ( along with imaginative opera plots and the life and work of composers musicians and singers ) all widen awareness when listening to music. They demonstrate music's capacity to express ideas.