They are enchanting, full of colour and symbols of love, life and sorrow - birds, boats, trees and flowers. The nature of the medium didn't allow precision or detail. But the symbols, tones and colours tell the story.
Some of slates are from UQ's own collection. Others are on loan. Some were too fragile to transport so facsimile copies were created and are displayed alongside the originals, clearly marked as copies. They help tell the whole story.
Some of the most poignant ones for me, are the ones with Nolan's notations, such as the year of their creation. Some of the facsimiles show the rear of the slates where Nolan wrote notes, including love notes, to Sunday Reed.
If you have never visited the UQ Art museum, it is a lovely space to visit, bathed in lots of natural light. It is in what used to be Mayne Hall, the building that hosted graduations till the student numbers of UQ outgrew it for that purpose.
The weekends are a great time to visit as the parking is free and close, unlike during student semester times.
Hurry if you want to see these love letters on a slate, as the exhibition closes July 24.