IN 1809, THE REVEREND SAMUEL MARSDEN began the ‘Port Jackson Lending Library’ for the inhabitants of the colony of NSW. Many of these precious historic
treasures still exist today within the
Moore College library.
THE MOORE TREASURES COLLECTION is a wide-ranging and fascinating trove of historical items including remnants from Marsden’s original lending library, as well as other old or rare books, objects and paper ephemera.
WHEN THE NEW LIBRARY is completed in 2017, we hope these treasures can be stored, exhibited, conserved and enhanced for the benefit of students and visitors to the College. Your generous donations will help.
1. The story
2. The collection
3. The preservation
Most of them are in boxes in a small room, hidden away from the light and air which could damage them. Sadly, that means that they are also hidden away from those who would love to see and study this collection of history from the earliest days of the colony, from before the invention of the printing press and from the earliest days of Sydney before it became the metropolis it now is.
I am passionate about this collection of Treasures. It is definitely part of our national heritage. As a former principal of the College, and as a lover of history, I wish that the wonder of this collection could be shared with others, but we need your help to do so.
We are hoping to have this display ready for viewing when the new Library building is finished in 2017.
Please scroll to the collection section to see just a fraction of the Treasures. I would love to show them all to you!
Former Principal of Moore College
Today, the remnants of that library survive as part of Moore Theological College.
These remnants, as well as other old or rare books, objects and paper ephemera are stored in the old library building as “treasures”. They include important theological works as well as items of historical interest.
donations will help.