will also be running a range of programmes for children and adults throughout
the exhibition period.
Australian Inspiration curator Sarah Morley, “The koala was so unique that
early colonists found it difficult to draw. In 1803, Australian artist John
William Lewin (1770-1819) was the first person to draw a koala, from a specimen
that was brought from Mount Kembla to Sydney.”
evolved over time to become a national icon. “Dorothy Wall brought the koala to
life in 1933 with her cheeky little character called Blinky Bill, and by the 1960s
it was used by Qantas to promote Australian tourism,” said Ms Morley.
has had a similarly fascinating journey that helped establish an Australian
national identity and give NSW its state flower. The earliest known drawing
dates back to 1794 and it continues to be a source of inspiration for fashion
designers, artists and creatives.
Inspiration will not only tell the evolving story of our national icons, but
also showcase the role of the State Library’s extraordinary collections in arts
and design,” said Ms Morley.
of the Australian Inspiration display include:
- some of
the earliest known drawings of Australian flora and fauna;
Wall’s drawing of Blinky Bill and her earlier characters in Tommy Bear and the
Zookies from around 1920; and
- a quirky
waratah costume design created for the 1938 Sesquicentenary of Australia.