Rare tomes fit for a lord
Wednesday, 29th July, 2015
By Emily Roberts
Some very rare and special items were on display at the City Library yesterday.
Three albums - two with local significance - were given to Charles Robert Carington, during his tenure as Governor of New South Wales from 1885 to 1890.
The albums feature tooled leather binding, gilt edged pages, and cloth-hinged leaves.
Dominique Moussou, Conservator for State Records NSW, said they were travelling to different areas around the region.
“We have been going through our regional repositories, including Newcastle and Wagga Wagga,” she said.
“We have with us two volumes with specific Broken Hill content.
“They are illuminated addresses for Lord Carrington.
“One is from the Scotchmen of Broken Hill and it was printed at the Silver Age Print (in Broken Hill).
“These were given as a show of feeling, sign of appreciation, loyalty and gratitude.
“Both would have been commissioned in advance.”
Ms Moussou said the second address was from the local Masons.
“The second was from the inhabitants of Broken Hill and the Masonic Lodge,” she said.
“Lord Carrington was the head of the Masons and Masonic order.
“We have a copy of a third which was from the Masons of Broken Hill district.
“We find that people believe the signature on the documents are the most interesting thing about it.
“Historians and local people are interested in it.
“We get a good response. It always touches a personal note and it is interesting as well as beautiful and relevant.”