ANNUAL DUNBAR LUNCHEON
TUESDAY, AUGUST 25
THE DISTRESSING LOSS OF THE GUARDIAN
GUEST SPEAKER: LOUISE ANEMAAT
The Guardian was the first of an intended series of supply ships destined for the colony in NSW. Its final voyage was one of the most dramatic Pacific voyages that never actually reached the Pacific. Especially fitted out with supplies at an extraordinary cost of £70,000, it set sail in 1789 under the command of a young lieutenant, Edward Riou.
When the ship struck an iceberg, all seemed lost but no one had counted on Riou’s leadership and determination.
While they never did reach NSW, Riou and many on board survived their ordeal. The impact the arrival of the Guardian may have had on the seemingly forgotten colony at Port Jackson can only be guessed at.
Executive Director, Library and Information Services and Dixson Librarian, State Library of New South Wales.
Louise Anemaat studied at University of NSW and completed part of her undergraduate degree and professional training in Germany.
Louise has published and lectured widely on the Library’s collections, and has worked closely with the acquisition, processing and curation of the manuscript and pictures collections over many years. She is the author of Natural Curiosity. Unseen art of the First Fleet (NewSouth Publishing, 2014), an analysis of the traditions of natural history art production in Australia and Britain during the 18th and 19th centuries.