World War I Artifacts Coming to Lithgow

World War 1 artefacts, including the personal diary of a local serviceman, are heading to Lithgow for a special curator talk and preservation workshop on Tuesday 19 May 2015.

On Tuesday 19 May from 11.00am to 12.00pm, Lithgow Library Learning Centre will host a free public talk with the State Library’s World War One Curator Elise Edmonds who will talk about the material, drawn from the State Library of NSW’s renowned collections, and share the fascinating story of how the Library acquired its first collection of soldiers’ diaries.

A conservator from the State Library will also present a practical workshop on preserving your family history collections, including letters, journals and photographs. This free workshop will be held at the Lithgow Library Learning Centre from 2.00pm-3.00pm on Tuesday 19 May. Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting Lithgow Library on 63529100.  Spaces are limited to 20 people.

Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham said “This is a wonderful opportunity for the Lithgow community to gain an understanding of the wealth of the collections held in the State Library of NSW without having to make a journey to Sydney. I urge residents to come along to the talk and to book quickly for the workshop as there will be a large demand for this very special event.”

The diary of Howard Arthur Delaney, a telegraph operator from Lithgow, came to the Library in 2012. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 1 August 1917, aged 19, and served with the 1st Signal Squadron in Egypt. He returned to Australia on 26 July 1919. “Visitors to Lithgow Library Learning Centre can read some of the powerful excerpts from Mr Delaney’s diary,” said Elise Edmonds.

According to NSW State Librarian and Chief Executive Alex Byrne, “This will be the first time these remarkable and historically significant items, which are held in the Library’s rich collections, will be shown in Lithgow as part of our World War One Touring Program.

Lithgow Library Learning Centre is excited to be partnering with the State Library of NSW to bring this touring program to the Lithgow community as part of its commitment to provide learning opportunities and quality library programs which meet the needs of the community in Lithgow City Council’s Community Strategic Plan 2026.
















Mayor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Terry O’Keefe
Library Coordinator
Tel: 02 6352 9100
Fax: 02 6351 4364

Vanessa Bond, Media & Communications
Branch, State Library of NSW
(02) 9273 1566, 0411 259 898

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