Opening of Twenty-Five Exhibition – 10am Thu 17 Jan 2013

At half-past four on 27 September 1851, one of the last duels in Australian history was fought between Thomas Mitchell, the Surveyor-General for New South Wales after whom the federal electorate of Mitchell is named, and Stuart Donaldson, a Member of the NSW Legislative Council who later became our State’s first Premier.

 To celebrate the 225th anniversary of the establishment of New South Wales, the State Parliament is mounting a significant new public exhibition, Twenty Five: Stories from Australia’s First Parliament.

 ”The history of our State is full of such colourful and revealing stories,” Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott said.

 ”A selection of artefacts and artworks from the Parliament’s collection will go on public display as part of this one of a kind exhibition, each object telling a story about an event, character or decision that shaped our state,” he said.

 Opening on 16 January, Twenty Five: Stories from Australia’s First Parliament will run until 1 March 2013.

 ”Many of these historic items will be on public view for the very first time,” Member for Castle Hill Dominic Perrottet said.

 ”For example, a fascinating muster book from 1800 contains the first known census of colonial settlers.

 ”Unique books and photo albums, grand paintings, historic footage, early building and rail plans, Aboriginal art and Pacific artefacts, and even menus from VIP dinners in Parliament will be on display, each shedding light on how we came to be the great State that we are today.

 ”Entry is free, with doors open from 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, as well as a special opening on Saturday 26 January for Australia Day.” Mr Perrottet said.

 For more information visit www.parliament.nsw.gov.au or phone the education and community relations team on 9230 2047.