Annual appeal

The State Library of Victoria holds special fundraising appeals to help acquire, conserve and display significant collection items. We are currently seeking your support to acquire, preserve and make accessible a goldfields rarity, a modernist masterpiece and 1970s streetscapes for the people of Victoria.

We hope to raise $60,000 – and your donation is vital. With your assistance, these historically significant items will enrich the lives of those who use our Library and be treasured by all Victorians for generations to come. Donations $2 and over are tax deductible.

A goldfields rarity

Photo of the Diggers Ten CommandmentsThe Diggers Ten Commandmentsis an anonymous, rare document circulated in the Victorian goldfields between 1851 and 1860. Composed in a light-hearted style by an unknown Ballarat digger, this six-page handwritten document sets down the largely unwritten rules of conduct for diggers.

Owning this valuable piece of history – which reflects Australia’s 'fair go for all' philosophy – will help us continue to tell the story of 19th-century goldmining and safeguard the rich history of Victoria.

The purchase of the Diggers Ten Commandments is urgent – it has been offered to the Library until December 2014, after which it will go on the open market and possibly be lost to us forever.

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A modernist masterpiece

Photo of La Fin du MondeLa Fin du Monde is a key 20th-century illustrated book. Printed in 1919, this exquisite masterpiece of image and typography is illustrated by the brilliant French Cubist Fernand Léger and features text by modernist poet Blaise Cendrars.

Renowned curator and art writer Robert Johnson described it as 'the most beautiful and accessible French artists' book of its era... A message of modernity is evident on every page of this bibliographic masterpiece.'

The acquisition of this beautiful example of modern book design, and its display in our Mirror of the world: books and ideas exhibition, will make it a continuing inspiration for all.

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1970s streetscapes

Photo of film negatives of CUA StreetscapesThe Library's unique collection of CUA Streetscapes is a vast Google-style photographic survey of inner Melbourne. In the 1970s a group called the Committee for Urban Action – concerned at the destruction of Victoria’s building heritage – photographed an extraordinary number of streetscapes.

The details in these images offer a rich record of life in the 1970s and form the basis of the heritage overlays still used in urban planning today.

Digitising 3000 images from the collection – the photographs of a whole Fitzroy block as well as a selection of streets in Castlemaine – will make this amazing legacy accessible to an even wider audience of students, artists and historians.

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  •     post – complete and return the PDF donation form below
  •     telephone – call us during business hours on 03 8664 7280 to arrange your donation.

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