Inside the National Library of Australia sit a few very special artefacts, and their home is the Treasures Gallery. The Treasures Gallery houses all of the small things that help tell the big stories. There are important documents, maps, artefacts, and personal possessions, that cover not only Australia's early history, but also moments from around the world.
Some of the artefacts from around the world include Beethoven's Life Mask, the first printed Star Atlas, and a 1715 translation of Homer's The Iliad. They are all part of the library's collection, but selected items are chosen to display. It is quite remarkable to be amongst so many old objects that all have quite a strong individual and cultural significance.
The Australian collection follows many important moments in Australian history, including maps detailing the gradual discovery of Terra Australis. There are journals and diaries from early explorers, and important things from Australian history. You can read some of the letters of support sent to Lindy Chamberlian after she was released, as well as Azaria Chamberlain's birth records and hospital band. It is small things like this that can tell some of the most interesting stories.
The Treasures Gallery is small, but there are definitely many things that make it worth a look. When you're there you can see the rest of the National Library, or see visit their bookshop or cafe. The Treasures Gallery is free to enter, and is open 7 days a week 10am-5pm. The exhibition will be constantly changing as the library brings out new items from their collection.