The People on Australian Banknotes (final)

The People on Australian Banknotes (final)

Reverend John Flynn Reverend John Flynn (1880-1951), born in Moliagul, Victoria, was a Presbyterian minister who was instrumental in founding what is today known as the Royal Flying Doctor Service. In 1911, at age 31, John was ordained into the ministry. He volunteered in rural areas and completed a survey of the Northern Territory, writing…

Catherine Helen Spencer

Catherine Helen Spencer

The People on Australia’s Banknotes Australian banknotes contain portraits of Australians and others, from royalty to poets and preachers, who have played a significant role in the life of the nation. The people on the banknotes have made defining contributions to Australian society in many fields of endeavour, and their mark on our national story…

The Tasman Map

The Tasman Map

One of the most valued possessions of the State Library of NSW, the Tasman Map, displays the results of Dutch explorer Abel Tasman’s two voyages to the southern ocean between 1642 and 1644. The Tasman Map shows remarkably accurate sections of the Australia’s western and northern coastlines, and forms the basis of most charts produced over…

Daisy Bates

Daisy Bates

Daisy May Bates was born Margaret May O’Dwyer, on 16 October 1859 at Roscrea, County Tipperary, Ireland. At the age of twenty-four she travelled on the Almora to Australia. She stayed at the home of the Bishop of North Queensland and later with several family friends who had migrated previously. Because of this she later said ‘Australia…

Aussie Inventions That Changed the World

Aussie Inventions That Changed the World

From life-saving devices to modern conveniences, a raft of great Australian inventors have turned game-changing ideas into a reality and forever changed how we live. Historically, Australia has punched well above its weight on the world stage of timely inventions, scientific breakthroughs and cleverly designed new technologies. We are naturally inquisitive and, since time immemorial,…

Honeysuckle Creek

Honeysuckle Creek

For more than 60 years, Australia has played a vital role in space tracking owing to its geographic location and its technical know-how. A high point was reached at 12.56pm (AEST) on 21 July 1969 when the Apollo tracking station at Honeysuckle Creek, near Canberra, transmitted live television of Neil Armstrong stepping onto the surface…

From Our Collection

From Our Collection

The Wattle Brooch – fit for a Queen In 1954 Queen Elizabeth made her Coronation Tour of Australia.  To celebrate the visit it was decided to present her with a very special gift – something uniquely Australian. And what better choice could there be than the country’s native flora represented in a spray of precious…

The Flying Parson

The Flying Parson

Leonard “Len” Daniels was born in England in November 1891. Like a great many of his contemporaries, he joined the British Army soon after the outbreak of the First World War. Unlike most of them, Daniels served his country in India. At some point, he asked for and obtained a transfer to the Royal Flying…