The State Library of Western Australia has new displays for Spring, all around the theme of diamonds. These displays are a great chance to see treasures from our stack and rare book rooms, giving you an idea of some of the items we have in our collection. You’ll also learn some interesting things!
We have one display for each of our floors, located near the lifts.
Ground Floor: ‘I can’t say no to diamonds’ is an elegant display of materials about jewellers of renown.
1st floor: ‘Romancing the stone: Diamonds as the icons of romance’ is a sassy yet sweet look at the connection between diamonds and romance.
2nd floor: ‘Elgar’s diamonds’ is an interesting take on the theme, with a fabulous array of materials on the life and works of Edward Elgar, who composed a piece for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
3rd floor: ‘The Carnot Bay Diamond Mystery’ is a display about a strange saga in Western Australia history. In 1942, a plane bearing millions of dollars of diamonds was shot down by Japanese bombers near Broome. A beachcomber found the diamonds and shared them among his friends. About half of the diamonds were recovered and he stood trial for their theft. He was acquitted; the rest of the diamonds have never – officially – been found.