The exhibition, ‘Ex Nostra Bibliotheca’, at the Redland Museum during January and February, will reveal fascinating items from the Museum’s newly created Rotary Heritage Library. The Rotary Clubs of the Redlands provided the funding to fit out the Library. The exhibition will include books, publications and documents and a miscellany of fascinating documents of historical significance. The exhibition provides an opportunity for viewers to acquaint themselves with the Museum’s extensive collection that cannot always be displayed.
Among the items exhibited will be a diary handwritten by a warder from the St Helena Island Penal Institution, c1897. Also included is the 1716 St James Bible which belonged to Joseph Clark, Cleveland’s first squatter.
Mr Clark had a pastoral licence to run his cattle over most of the district in the 1850s. He built his homestead near what is now the Cleveland cemetery, raised a large family and took an enthusiastic interest in the spiritual life of the district.
Transcripts from Captain the Honourable Louis Hope’s journal of his voyage from England to Sydney in 1843, his travels in the Pacific, his property, ‘Hopetoun Station’ at Kilcoy and his collection of plant species gathered in South Africa and across the Pacific will be available for browsing.
The personal album of William Eugene Finucane, after whom Finucane Road is named, is an important exhibit. This fascinating record includes his time at Cleveland House on Cleveland Point. In his obituary Mr Finucane is credited with having planted our iconic fig trees and the olive groves at St Helena, cultivated under his direction.
The many and varied items in the exhibition will provide a glimpse into the heritage preserved in the Redland Museum.