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.

 

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The grand facade of the State Library of New South Wales.

 

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Statue of Matthew Flinders, who charted much of Australia’s coastline, and behind him on the windowsill, Trim, his cat.

 

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The main entrance hall to the State library – the Tasman map of Australia.

 

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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.

 

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Railway carriage from Tony Mott’s house, used in many of his photos of pop stars.         A  poser...

 

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...and another.