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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 20 October 2011) . . Page.. 4793 ..


very special piece of literature from 1796 being a playbill for a performance of Jane Shore, The Wapping Landlady and The Miraculous Cure at the Theatre in Sydney in 1796.

There are a number of Treasures Gallery supporters who have made this exhibition possible and I would like to acknowledge those people and those organisations: the principal Treasures Gallery partner, the Ian Potter Foundation; the platinum Treasures Gallery partners, the John T Reid Charitable Trust and the Sidney Myer Fund; the gold Treasures Gallery partners, ActewAGL, Dr James Bettison and Ms Helen James, Professor Henry Ergas, Harold Mitchell Foundation, Macquarie Group Foundation, Mr Kevin McCann AM, and the Thyne Reid Foundation; the silver Treasures Gallery partner, Friends of the National Library of Australia; bronze Treasures Gallery partners, Mr James Bain AM and Mrs Janette Bain, Mr Victor Crittenden OAM, and Mr James Fairfax AC; opal Treasures Gallery partners, F and J Ryan Foundation, Mr Philip Flood AO and Mrs Carole Flood, GHD Pty Ltd, and Dr Kenneth Moss AM and Mrs Glenn Moss; jade Treasures Gallery partners, Ms Cynthia Anderson, Dr Desmond Bright and Dr Ruth Bright AM, Mr Michael Heard and Mrs Mary Heard, Mr Robert Hill-Ling AO and Mrs Rosemary Hill-Ling OAM, Mrs Claudia Hyles, Mr Baillieu Myer AC and Mrs Sarah Myer, Miss Kay Rodda, Mrs Mary Louise Simpson, Mr John Uhrig AC and Mrs Shirley Uhrig, and another donor who has given anonymously at that level; and over 100 amber Treasures Gallery partners. Many of the individual library supporters have also contributed very generously through the donation boxes at the library.

The director-general of the Library is Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, who was appointed on 9 February 2011. She does a great job and is supported by the following assistant directors: Pam Gatenby Margy Burn, Marie-Louise Ayres, Mark Corbould, Jasmine Cameron, and Gerry Linehan. The current Library Council is chaired by the Hon James Spigelman, the deputy chair and executive member is Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, and other members are Jane Hemstritch, Brian Long, Kevin McCann, Deborah Thomas, Mary Kostakidis, Dr Nonja Peters, Senator Gary Humphries and the Hon Dick Adams MP.

The Friends of the National Library are an integral part of the library and the friends are advised by a committee of 16 members. Committee members range in background and experience and are all members of the friends. The committee is elected at the annual general meeting held by 30 November each year. Nominations are called for a month in advance and people who are interested can visit the National Library’s website.

The 2011 committee elected at the AGM held in December last year comprises Lynette Adams, Greg Cornwell AM, Anne Davis, Phillip Dean, Margo Geering, Alan Ives, Joan Kennedy, Gary Kent, Sylvia Marchant, Robyn Oates, Margaret Pender and Tim Walshaw. The committee is chaired by Joan Kennedy, the deputy chair is Gary Kent, the treasurer is Lynette Adams and the newsletter editor is Margaret Pender. I commend all those who volunteer their time to serve on the friends committee.

I also commend the staff and all the volunteers that make the National Library a truly great institution. I urge all Canberrans to consider joining the friends and to visit nla.gov.au for more information about the great work done at the National Library.


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