While access is limited to the Special Collections this online exhibition will provide a snap-shot of the themes within some of the individual Special Collections. Book covers and basic information can be viewed, and several of the books have additional links to can explore to gain further understanding of the book itself, the author, or the time period in which is was written.
Each month the books from different individual collection will be highlighted on this page. Collections will be:
The John and Shirley McLaren Collection contains rare and valuable books on Australian, New Zealand, and South Pacific fiction (novels, plays and poetry) and criticism. Also included are a number of works on colonial and post-colonial literature in the Asia-Pacific region. These items come from the personal collection of John McLaren.
Themes explored this month are Stories and Storytellers, Poems and Plays, Multiculturalism, Australian Studies, and Connections to Collections.
The books in the 'Connections to Collections' theme highlight the connections that exist between the individual collections which are within the VU Special Collection.