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Discover Collections | The Australian Jewish Community and its Culture with Guest speaker: David Gonski AC, 16 September 2013

David Gonski AC, addressed “a community leaders event” at the NSW State Library where he discussed “The importance of education, in all its facets, in achieving a strong and successful economy and overall society”.

The event was part of the Chamber’s partnership with the State Library of NSW to digitally preserve its unique collection relating to the little-known and celebrated stories of Jewish life in Australia and making it freely available online.

The online story Australian Jewish Community and Culture focuses on the journeys, settlement, activities and contributions of Jewish people to Australia, and their influence on Australian culture and socio-economic development, from the arrival of the First Fleet through to the present day. This online project enables the Library to celebrate important aspects of the Jewish community’s contribution to Australia’s heritage and its impact on Australian history.

The collection is also a great resource for family and historians, with selected material relating to the York Street Synagogue, the Great Synagogue and the Hebrew Ladies’ Bazaar (1875) now fully digitised and available to access.

This project is in line with the Chamber’s mission of establishing, promoting and maintaining bi-lateral relations between Australia and the Jewish State.

The Chamber would like to acknowledge Mr Peter Crossing, Chairman State Library of NSW Foundation and Dr Alex Byrne, NSW State Librarian and Chief Executive who have been the online curator of the collection.

Click here to access the online Discover Collection.

Proudly sponsored  by the State Library NSW and supported by AICC