Monday, 26 September 2011

Rare and valuable donation

I'm very excited after picking up a valuable donation from the State Library last week: Murchison Goldfields Supplement to Geraldton Express compiled by George Hope in 1897. The supplement is illustrated with many photographs and advertisements, and it contains a wealth of information on events, buildings, industries and personalities. The largest sections include: 'Geraldton - the gateway of the Murchison', 'Northampton', 'Cue', 'Cue Mines', 'Day Dawn', 'Peak Hills', 'Nannine', Mount Magnet', 'Yalgo', 'The Midland Railway', 'Perth' and 'Melville Water Park Estate'.

We are hoping to digitise and, perhaps, index the Supplement in due course to make it easily accessible for everyone. Unfortunately, and understandably, the original copy is in quite a fragile condition and will be held in our rare books section.

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