The books in this exhibition were purchased to support postgraduate studies on Chinese and Vietnamese pottery. However, due to an unfortunate chain of events they were “lost at sea” just like the treasures they described.
Shipwrecks and lost treasures captivate human curiosity and inspire treasure seeking. These books describe treasured pottery and provide background to rumours and clues about the voyages and underwater sites where ships were thought to have sunk.
Cargoes of unique Chinese and Vietnamese pottery were shipped to remote destinations but not all ports were reached. Some ships suffered disastrous misfortunes and sunk to the sudden destination of the seabed.
As to those library books thought forever missing — after a two year international search they were recovered and ended their long journey safely back at Fisher Library.
The exhibition is presented by Aleksandra Nikolic (Arts Team) and the University Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections.
Where: Exhibition Space, Level 3, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Times: Opening times vary please check the website
T 9351 4762