Here’s yet another international story we managed to overlook until now — the discovery last year at the Library and Archives Canada of what is believed to be the earliest document printed in Australia — a 1796 playbill of a performance featuring Jane Shore–and its subsequent presentation to the National Library of Australia. There’s an excellent story about it on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s The Book Show Web site, complete with transcript, but no audio file. The National Library of Australia also offers additional information.

Apparently they’re still up for celebrating it in Canada as well. You can read about the most recent festivities (timed for IFLA?) on the CBC site (check out the comments too!)

My question: What else was in the scrapbook?

Image credit: Front of 1796 playbill, Collection of the National Library of Australia, RBRS N 686.2099441 F 692.

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