Birds of Australia Exhibition

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Subject: Birds of Australia Exhibition
From: "Jan England " <>
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2008 09:05:51 +1000
Hi Everyone,

Yesterday I had the pleasure of going to Brisbane to see the Exhibition of 
Birds of Australia at the State Library.

The Exhibition consists of a 19th century Glass Bird Dome of birds collected 
around the Gympie area, as well as the original works of The Birds of Australia 
by Gould, illustrations by Silvester Diggles, Charles Hirst and Gregory 
Matthews and a small Alphabet Bird Book in concertina form as well as a 
sculpture of a Dusky Robin carved into a book by Kylie Stillman.  The display 
also included a painting by Anthony Alder who was a taxidermist for the 
Queensland Museum in 1907 and specimens from the museum including Albert's 
Lyrebird.  Robert Mahoney from Birds Queensland gave an introduction to each of 
the items on display and a discourse on the life and works of John Gould.

It was wonderful to have the opportunity to actually see and handle (with white 
gloves of course) the 6 fascimilied volumes of The Birds of Australia  by Gould 
& Richter as well as those works by  Morris and other authors and Forshaw's 
book Birds of the World illustrated by William Cooper.

To be able to actually turn the pages and admire each painting was an 
experience I never thought I would ever have.  It would require many hours to 
really appreciate the extent of the works on display.

Congratulations to all those who were involved in organising and setting it up.

Jan England

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