The State Library of NSW owns two collector’s chests of similar style and detail but with different contents. Known as the Governor Macquarie Collector’s Chest and the Dixson Galleries Collector’s Chest, they are made of cedar and date from the early 19th century. They contain painted panels of landscapes, fauna and birds, insects, butterflies and shell specimens. The Governor Macquarie Chest was acquired by the State Library in 2004, joining the Dixson Chest and a varied collection of Governor Macquarie’s personal artefacts housed in the Mitchell Library, part of the State Library of NSW.
After acquisition, the Macquarie Chest was required to travel interstate. The State Library enlisted ICS to advise on the condition, packing, transportation and display of the chest.
Read ‘Exotica, The Macquarie Collector’s Chest’ from the State Library of New South Wales archives
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