The library's new exhibition is a display of "Ephemera", printed material which is used for various purposes and then discarded. These fragments of the past illuminate previous lives for future generations. Items displayed range from 17th century to the present.
Among the earliest are pieces concerned with an execution in 1678; tourist notices from the early 19th century; early greetings cards including valentines; a colour brochure for the first Holden car from 1950; the first Moomba programme from 1955; and lots of current posters and fliers for music events and political campaigns.
The exhibition is drawn from the holdings of the Monash University Library's Rare Books Collection. The library has been collecting ephemera since the early 1990's in support of research by social historians.
The opening speech was given by Seamus O'Hanlon, School of Historical Studies, Monash University
Curator: Richard Overell, Rare Books Librarian
When: 19 October 2006 to 28 February 2007.
Where: level 1, ISB wing, Sir Louis Matheson Library, Clayton campus.