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Grimstone & Savery: Australia's first Novelists


Ozolins, B, Grimstone & Savery: Australia's first Novelists, Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts Gallery, Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts Gallery, Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, Hobart, Unique state (2012) [Published Creative Work]

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Grimstone & Savery was a solo installation designed for LINC Tasmania’s Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts Gallery to celebrate the National Year of Reading. The project was developed in consultation with Allport Library staff with the overall aim of raising public awareness about the intriguing lives and works of Australia’s first, but little known novelists, Mary Grimstone and Henry Savery. Savery’s novel, Quintus Servinton, was published in 1831, and Grimstone’s Woman’s Love in 1832. Both authors wrote their books in Hobart, both came from well-to-do backgrounds and experienced periods of great success in their lives, but both also died very tragically by taking their own lives. The first editions of the novels, which are in held in the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Collection, are extremely rare: the British Library holds the only other known copy of Woman’s Love, and there are about 6 first editions of Quintus, which are held in other Australian State Libraries as well as the British Library. The work created a mysterious, Gothic environment, dominated by a large mausoleum-like structure to both mourn and celebrate the tragic lives of the two authors. The Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office digitised Woman’s Love to coincide with the exhibition.

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Item Type:Published Creative Work
Keywords:Henry Savery, Mary Grimstone, Australian Literature, Australian History, Installation Art
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Visual arts
Research Field:Performance art
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Ozolins, B (Dr Brigita Ozolins)
ID Code:82025
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Art (Hobart)
Deposited On:2013-01-14
Last Modified:2018-04-04

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