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Ned Kelly’s Jerilderie Letter among State Library Treasures visiting Croydon Library

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Monday 06 September 2010


Ned Kelly’s Jerilderie Letter, along with a detailed eye witness account of the Eureka Stockade and one of Melbourne’s earliest (handwritten) newspapers are among the treasures of the State Library of Victoria coming to Croydon public library on Thursday 9 September as part of the award winning Travelling Treasures program.

Travelling Treasures extends suburban and regional Victoria’s access to the collections of the State Library by touring some of its most significant items, providing rare and intimate access to these treasures.

Cameron Hocking, Travelling Treasures tour manager says this is a unique opportunity to see very rare items outside of the State Library walls.

'These are the original documents coming to Croydon, not copies . Ned Kelly's manifesto, the Jerilderie Letter, reveals the thoughts and motivations of our most famous bushranger. It sits alongside an eye witness account of the Eureka Stockade written by Raffaello Carboni, one of the leaders of the rebellion. Then there's the second edition Melbourne's first newspaper, The Melbourne Advertiser, handwritten by one of Melbourne's founders John Pascoe Fawkner. Anyone with an interest in Victoria’s personalities and history shouldn’t miss this,' he said.

The Travelling Treasures tour includes a presentation a from Library collection expert highlighting the stories behind each object.

Tour details

Travelling Treasures will be appearing at:
Croydon Library
Civic Square, Croydon
Thursday 9 September 6–7.30pm
Entry is free but bookings are essential
Bookings: 03 9294 5640