World War I material in the Library collections

Cosme Colony CollectionArticle by Sara Hilder

World War I related material is held in Rare Books and Special Collections, as well as other Library collections. The photo of two young soldiers is from the Cosme Colony Collection, an archive relating to a utopian colony established in Paraguay in the 1890s by William Lane and others. The collection also includes the manuscript of Gavin Souter’s book, A Peculiar People, The Australians in Paraguay, an extract of which is reproduced below.

A joint exhibition with the University Archives will be held in 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.

Cosme Colony Collection
Rare Books and Special Collections.
Extract from: Gavin Souter, A Peculiar People, The Australians in Paraguay. Sydney, Sydney University Press, 1981.

…’ For many of the Australians who had grown up in Paraguay, World War I was a pot of gold that would easily have bought tickets to Australia. When the bugles sounded, young men from Cosme and New Australia enlisted in the British Army. All but one came through the war, and when offered the choice of repatriation to Australia or Paraguay they all chose Paraguay. “There is a claw in this country all right, which drags people back,” wrote Mrs Minnie Jacks to Mary Gilmore in 1916. “Ten have gone from Cosme, and, strange to say, they all want to come back. To read their letters one would think there was only one country in the world, and that was Paraguay.”

Ten went from Cosme, and six from New Australia. The people of Cosme flew the Union Jack and cheered as each volunteer who had come of age rode off into the monte on his way to Caazapá, Maciel railway station, Asunción, and finally, after a five day river trip, Buenos Aires, where the British Army had a recruiting office.

The only Paraguayan Australian who did not return from the war was Allan McLeod’s eldest son Dave. He served in France with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and was killed by a German shell behind the lines. William Wood, who had often worked with Dave McLeod in the canefields at Cosme was a signaller in the Royal Engineers. He went to Gallipoli for a while, and was sometimes sent on errands to Anzac headquarter. Bill had been born in Sydney a year before his parents went to Cosme, and this was his first experience of Australians outside Paraguay. “I couldn’t tell who were the officers,” he recalled in later years. “It was all first names – Harry, Dick, Bill – and everyone was telling jokes all the time.” In 1919 he met his twenty two year old brother Alex in Jerusalem; Alex had served with the Black Watch in Mesopotamia, and by seeing Baghdad he had satisfied an ambition he had harboured ever since reading The Thousand and One Nights at Cosme.

Baghdad, Jerusalem and Gallipoli were romance enough for the Wood boys. … ‘
[Pages 234-5]

Photo: Alex (left) and Bill (right) Wood, sons of William and Lillian Wood, in Jerusalem, 1919. Both returned to Cosme Colony after World War I.
Cosme Colony Collection, Rare Books and Special Collections.

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Fisher 24 hour study zone

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Published on: 30 July 2014

Fisher 24/7 Study ZoneWho can access the study zone?
All enrolled University of Sydney students carrying a current student card.

Where is the study zone?
Entrance Level (Foyer and South wing only)

What can I access after library hours?
You can access:

  • Computers
  • Online Library resources
  • Printers
  • The University wireless network
  • Group study spaces and lounges

How do I enter the study zone after library hours?
You can enter the study zone by swiping your student card at the after-hours entrance door 15 minutes after the Library closes. No special registration is required.

If you are using the Fisher 24 hour study zone before the Library closes, you will need to collect your belongings and borrow any items you need before exiting the Library at closing time. After the building has been cleared for re-entry to the 24 hour study zone, you can use your student card to re-enter.

My student card does not give me access to 24/7. What can I do?

You need to go to Campus Assist, Ground Floor , Services Building, to ask for 24/7 Fisher access to be encoded on to your student card.

What are the security arrangements?

  • Security patrols
  • Security emergency help points
  • CCTV cameras

You must keep your student card with you at all times, and follow the instructions of Security staff if directed.

For more information, see Security and your safety:
http://sydney.edu.au/current_students/transport_safety/safety.shtml

University Security Service: 9351-3333
This is an emergency number only.

 

Introducing BONUS+

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Published on: 15 July 2014

BONUS+ logoBONUS+ is a new seamless Library service for our students and staff, which will provide an alternative and faster way for you to access books that we don’t own or are on loan in our Library.

What is Bonus+?
BONUS+ is a co-operative book resource-sharing initiative among 14 major university libraries in Australia and New Zealand.

What’s in it for me?
You will have access to other library collections. If we don’t have a particular book, or the copies we have are out on loan, you will be able to see if any of the member libraries have a copy for you to borrow.

Who can use the service?
All students and staff at the University of Sydney.

How does it work?
When you search our Library catalogue and don’t find the item that you are after, simply click on the Bonus+ icon to see if another library has a copy available. The request is processed automatically – no filling in forms. And when the item arrives, we will email you to let you know that your book is ready for pickup. You can also keep track of your requests via MyLoans.

When can I start requesting from these libraries?
Wednesday 16 July 2014.

Find out more: sydney.edu.au/library/borrowing/bonus.html

 

University of Sydney named as JSTOR’s 2013 Highest Usage Award recipient in Australia

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Published on: 4 July 2014

JSTOR logoThis award recognises the University of Sydney’s commitment to a high quality research experience for students and scholars. As the highest institutional JSTOR user in Australia (and the 19th highest user worldwide), the University of Sydney logged the highest number of PDF downloads for archival content on the JSTOR platform in 2013—more than any other participating institution in Australia.

Library survey of academics and researchers

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Published on: 18 June 2014

researcherWe would like to provide an update on the Library survey of academics and researchers that was conducted in February 2014. The survey aimed to gather information about emerging trends in academic and researcher attitudes and practice.

We are pleased to report that a large proportion of the University of Sydney academic community responded to the survey and provided valuable feedback. One of the clearly emerging trends is that almost half of the survey respondents are very interested in integrating digital research activities and methodologies more deeply into their work.

Currently, we are waiting for the other participating Go8 university libraries to conclude their surveys and provide comparative benchmarked data. The Library will be reviewing the local survey and benchmarked data, when it is received. We will then make the dataset and analysis available to the academic community, and will consider how to effectively address the researcher needs expressed through the survey.

Digital news: JSTOR

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Published on: 29 May 2014

JSTORYou can now access the complete collection of over 290 major Arts & Sciences scholarly journals from your Library!

Try it out at: http://ezproxy.library.usyd.edu.au/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/

National Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June 2014

Dancing with StrangersDuring the week, artist and sculptor Antony Symons’ sculpture Dancing with Strangers will be on display in the Fisher Library foyer. The sculpture is an original ANZAC memorial piece and commemorates Aboriginal involvement with the wars Australia was involved in.

To find out more about Antony Symons visit
http://antonysymons.com/photo-gallery.html

Find out what’s happening throughout the week
http://sydney.edu.au/about/culture/reconciliation-week.shtml

EXHIBITION Books and Things: Collections for Pacific Studies

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Published on: 23 April 2014

copyright Michael MyersCurated by Erna Lilje
24 April to 19 December 2014

This exhibition illustrates the wealth of the Library’s holdings related to Pacific Studies. It includes early printed books, maps and charts, works of natural history and fiction. The books and documents on display are complemented by artefacts from the Macleay Museum’s holdings and together they celebrate the wealth of the University of Sydney’s heritage collections.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public. Closed Public Holidays
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website

Further information
T 9036 6465
E jacqueline.grainger@sydney.edu.au

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Silent, quiet and group study zones

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Published on: 23 April 2014

Silent, quiet or group study zonesWhether you need to concentrate in a quiet space, work quietly with a friend or study in a group there is place for you in the Library.

Choose the right zone for your study needs here.

EXHIBITION: The Diana Jones Trilogy (And the Reinvention of Time)

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Diana Jones TrilogyArtist: MFA candidate, Simon Yates
6 April to 1 June 2014
Exhibition cabinets, Levels 2, 3 & 4, Fisher Library North

The Diana Jones Trilogy is an artwork in the form of a trilogy of adventure stories, consisting of storyboards, pre-production illustrations, posters, models and props.

Fisher Library and Sydney College of the Arts Series of Art projects.
This series, curated by Associate Professor Michael Goldberg, showcases the work of Sydney College of the Arts students, staff and alumni for the wider University community.

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