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91 STORIES: Open 9 August

Earlier this year, Libraries Tasmania invited all Tasmanians to be the curators of an important community led exhibition: 91 STORIES. We asked you to nominate your favourite treasures from within the Libraries Tasmania cultural collections, and to tell us why that item mattered to you.

We were overwhelmed by your enthusiasm!

From your submissions, our curatorial team selected the items that would form the 91 STORIES exhibition*. This exhibition showcases the gems that the Tasmanian community has told us they love the most from within the Tasmanian Archives, the State Library of Tasmania, and the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts.

Within these three cultural institutions, Libraries Tasmania holds a wealth of stories in its care – unique objects and artworks, rare and mysterious artefacts, and documents of memorable events and the personal lives of past Tasmanians.

And, while the stories of many of these objects and items are well told and well known, many have remained hidden and untold.

The 91 STORIES exhibition tells these Tasmanian stories.

Our stories make us who we are today in this place we call home – lutruwita/Tasmania – so we are so proud to be sharing such a significant exhibition that you have helped us create!

Thank you for your contribution to 91 STORIES.

*How were the 91 items chosen?

  • We sought submissions from the public over several months.
  • The Libraries Tasmania project team assessed the submissions for suitability.
  • Submissions were edited or altered to comply with the project scope and direction.
  • Submissions not chosen as part of the 91 Stories exhibition are to be documented as part of the project.

Banner image credit: The little dancing butterfly is Trixie Meech. Trixie (Beatrice Bartlett) Meech was a student of the Beattie Jordan dance studio when she was photographed by Jack Cato (c.1920). Trixie, as she was always known, was born in Hobart in 1909, and went on to become a dance teacher herself. Trixie married Wilfred Kemp in April 1933. They had two children, Ann and Brian. Trixie died in 2000 at aged 90 and Wilfred pre-deceased her at age 75 in 1981.


Connect with the exhibition

View 40 of the 91 STORIES in-person at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine arts

9 August 2021 — 7 November 2021

91 STORIES online exhibition

Open indefinitely from 9 August 2021

91 Stories
Image credit: Urushibara, Yoshijiro, Two Rabbits, 1900-1940c

Visit the exhibition cubes at your local library catchment

9 August 2021 — 7 November 2021

Contact your local library for details.