Tuesday March 6, 2012

Two exciting local history donations

Many important materials held in the Local Studies collection have been donated. The first major donation of photographs and maps, collected by Dalton Jack Carroll, were given to the Library in the 1950s.

Since then we continue to receive photographs, ephemera, personal papers, plans, community archives and so much more. However, two recent donations have caused some excitement.

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Mosman had a number of stone quarries from the mid-19th century including those belonging to Richard Hayes Hartnett at Mosman Bay, Ed Ritchie’s on Wyong Road, A J. McDougall’s Clifton Gardens Quarry and others on Avenue Road and at The Spit. A local kindly donated some quarryman’s tools she had purchased at garage sale in the 1970s. They came from descendants of the workman, who owned these tools, and who had worked as a stonemason at Hartnett’s Quarries. These are on view in the library.

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Mosman Library holds an extensive, but incomplete, set of the Mosman Daily dating from 1917. The library recently received a donation of a bound volume of The (Mosman) Daily from January to June 1923. This volume has now been microfilmed as a means of preserving the original paper and allowing people to read the microfilmed copy.

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