Good Reading : June 2004
Copyright © State Library of Victoria Published by Focus Publishing, rrp $49.95 from TREASURES OF THE STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA by Bev Roberts goodreading 43 An illustration by Pierre Redouté from Étienne Ventenat’s Jardine de la Malmaison, 1803. Redouté, one of the best known botanic illustrators; produced this illustration for the Empress Josephine during the redesign of the gardens at her chateau Malmaison. In order to meet the needs of readers beyond Melbourne, a travelling libraries scheme was intro- duced in 1859, delivering boxes of selected books, such as the one shown here, to libraries in country areas. This picture, Diggers, is from a series of pho- tographs called Sun Pictures of Victoria by Antoine Fauchery and English photographer Richard Daintree and shows a group of miners at work, probably in the Castlemaine area. The township of Melbourne grew rapidly from a couple of hundred people living in tents and shanties in 1835 to a population of 4,500 by 1841. Surveying and planning of the town was begun by Robert Hoddle in 1837. Shown here is the detail of one of his surveying chains.