James Scott's Omnium Gatherum - a colonial surveyor and his family scrapbook.Speaker Ian Morrison.
When 22-year old James Scott stepped ashore at Hobart Town in the winter of 1832, after a voyage of five and a half months from his native Scotland, he carried with him an extraordinary volume that he called his 'omnium gatherum': a hodge-podge, a scrapbook. Initially a container for memories of Scotland - portraits of family members, jottings of facts and figures, copies of poems - Scott's 'omnium gatherum' soon grew into a record of experiences in his new land: handwritten notes, watercolurs and sketches, leaf rubbings of native vegetation, printed curiosities. James Scott kept adding to the volume up until his death in 1884, and other family members continued it until the First World War.
Ian Morrison, Senior Librarian Heritage Collections in the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, will talk about this recent intriguing acquisition.
Please come along - no need to book a seat.
This talk forms part of The Professional Historians Association (Tasmania) and the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office program of public lectures held in the Allport Library, Ground Floor, 91 Murray Street, Hobart.