State Library of New South Wales
Sunday 20th December 2015
Another beautiful day, and we set off once more to explore. First stop – the State Library of New South Wales, which occupies an imposing building overlooking the Royal Botanic Gardens on the corner of Macquarie Street.
The grand facade of the State Library of New South Wales.
Statue of Matthew Flinders, who charted much of Australia’s coastline, and behind him on the windowsill, Trim, his cat.
The main entrance hall to the State library – the Tasman map of Australia.
The main reading hall.
Inside the State Library are a couple of exhibition halls and here we found one entitled ‘What a Life’, an exhibition of rock photographer Tony Mott’s work. Sheffield-born Mott had stumbled into photography whilst working as a chef, and had made a good living at it, photographing many of the top pop stars for promotional materials, magazines and album covers. We spent a happy hour peering at his work, picking out the artists we knew, and marvelling at some of his shots.
Railway carriage from Tony Mott’s house, used in many of his photos of pop stars. A poser...