Earlier this year, Libraries Tasmania did a call-out for the community’s favourite items in our cultural collections.
We wanted you to help us curate our major 91 Stories* exhibition.
We had countless fantastic responses from people all over Tasmania. The final 91 submissions have now been collated to form the exhibition, which opens in early August in the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts and online at a dedicated Flickr gallery (set to become a permanent feature in our collections).
This community led exhibition has been designed to showcase well-loved favourites and uncover some of the untold stories hiding in the collections housed in the Allport, the Tasmanian Archives and the State Library of Tasmania.
We can’t wait to show you what Tasmania loves!
*Named in recognition of our heritage-listed 91 Murray Street building in Hobart.
With international travel restrictions still in place, the Allport takes you to Tahiti, albeit in 1769, showing you for the first time a selection of stunning Society Islands botanicals from Banks’ Florilegium.
The intricate botanical prints and rare journals on display are an enduring record of human survival, courage, curiosity, obsession and creativity.
Banks’ Florilegium – Society Islands, 1769 comprises framed botanical prints individually colour-printed in the 1980s, from the 18th century copperplate engravings of Sydney Parkinson’s drawings. Parkinson was the artist who drew the fresh plants collected in the Society Islands by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, as part of Captain James Cook’s first voyage round the world.
Spend some time taking in the edible, the intoxicating and the medicinal details of the plants; well-known to the island people, but many of them entirely new to European botany at the time.
A beautiful colour catalogue and poster are available for sale.
Visit the exhibition in the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts:
Ground Floor, 91 Murray Street, Hobart, Tasmania Open weekdays 9:30am – 5:00pm. Saturdays 9:30am – 2:00pm. Closed Sundays and public holidays. Wheelchair accessible. Free entry. Wi-Fi access
Contact the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts