The State Library has a large private archives collection. In it are documents from Western Australian individuals, organisations and companies. If you register as a researcher, you can view them in the fourth floor reading room.On Sunday, part of our archive collection – the Georgiana Molloy papers – will feature on ABC’s Radio National. Georgiana Molloy’s diaries and letters were used in the research and production of the Hindsight program “Botany and the Bush: Georgiana Molloy and Her Passion for Flowers”. The ABC website http://www.abc.net.au/rn/hindsight/stories/2007/1907753.htm has more information about the program, including this:
Georgiana Molloy was a 19th century botanical collector whose story has captured the hearts and minds of contemporary artists, historians and scientists. Born in 1805 in comfortable circumstances in the north of England, she married and emigrated to WA at the age of 24. Within a year, she had given birth to her first child who lived only for a week and was living on strict rations with a handful of other settlers in the southern township of Augusta. Her letters to family and friends detail the difficulties of her circumstances, while at the same time reveal the solace she found in flowers.Like many women of her class, Georgiana Molloy had been taught to appreciate a flower garden. She was also knowledgeable in basic botany. When she was asked in 1836 to send specimens of the flora of Augusta to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, she knew what was required of her. But she little anticipated the extent to which collecting became her passion.
Tune into Radio National (810AM in Perth) this Sunday May 6th at 2.05pm (repeated the following Thursday 10th May at 1.05pm). The program is part of the ‘Hindsight’ series.
[The photograph above is of Mollie Lukis from SLWA receiving a donation of archives (not the Molloy collection). Call number: 005695D.]