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2008-06, 358, Australiana, Brian Taylor, Notes and Queries

Spotlight on a rare treasure — the earliest surviving document printed in Australia

(From Jürgen Wegner) Writer David Malouf and actor Amanda Muggleton will bring to life the Canadian Government’s gift to the National Library of Australia of a treasure—the earliest surviving document printed in Australia—at a special event on Wednesday 25 June. The 1796 playbill, advertising a performance at the Theatre, Sydney, was printed by convict George Hughes, operator of Australia’s first printing press, which came out on the First Fleet. Amanda Muggleton will perform a piece from the advertised play, Jane Shore, David Malouf will discuss colonial life and Australian National University’s Dr Gillian Russell talks about early Australian theatre.





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