Melbourne goes green for University of Melbourne partnership with State Library Victoria

March 16 / 178

The State Library Victoria in partnership with the University of Melbourne has launched a new exhibition marking the 100 year anniversary of the 1916 Irish Rising.

“The Irish Rising: A terrible beauty is born” presents rare artefacts and materials that explore the Irish context of the Rising and its impact in Australia.

The 1916 Easter Rising saw six tumultuous days of rebellion which brought the Irish struggle for independence from Great Britain to a climax. 

In this new exhibition, the far-reaching repercussions of the Easter Rising, including its impact on Australia in its involvement of World War I, are explored.

“With nearly 7 million Australians identifying as having Irish heritage, our countries’ histories are intertwined,” says State Library Victoria CEO Kate Torney.

“We are exhibiting unique collections which reveal how keenly the Irish Easter Rising was felt in Australia, and the effect those events abroad had on our own history.”

The free exhibition will be complemented by a host of free programs including guided tours, illuminating discussions, and curator presentations.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the University of Melbourne is hosting an international conference, “The 1916 Rising: Australasian Perspectives”, featuring notable academics including Dr Fearghal McGarry from Queen’s University, Belfast. The conference will feature an opening address from the Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis, and will take place on April 7-8 at Newman College.

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“The Irish Rising: A terrible beauty is born” exhibition runs daily from March 17 – July 31 at State Library Victoria. Read more about the exhibition here & watch highlights from the exhibition at State Library Victoria .

Story by Thomas Feng.

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