Country NSW: Libraries and History
In Dubbo I launched 2012 National Year of Reading at the Dubbo branch library with Mayor Councillor Mathew Dickerson and former Independent State Member Dawn Fardell.
I spoke on familiar themes about reading enabling one to live other lives, to stretch one’s consciousness. I referred to some of the books that have lived in my imagination, some for decades.
Naturally, it was great to spend some time with people who love reading.
John Bayliss, Macquarie Regional Library Director, took me to the Museum and Art Gallery. I saw with Museum Director Andrew Glassop an exhibition called Space Invaders, which began with the National Gallery of Australia, of street art.
A big contrast with the paintings of the Venetian Renaissance. I liked the art. It’s part of the art of our times.
In the adjacent local museum, I was captured by photos of Dubbo’s streets in the early years of the last century, by the Federation Era bullock-drawn wool-cart and by a red coat that may have been worn by Australian volunteers in the Sudan War.
Looking at the record of recent exhibitions. I’m sorry I missed one called On the Sly which took three women with criminal stories related to Dubbo; and an exhibition about Bathurst migrant camp 1948 – 1952 called A Place for Everyone – once again I was reminded of how tough and crude and hard life had been for many in early post-war Australia.