From Cordite #23 (the Children of Malley issue): Robert Kennedy writes on the imminent sale of Harold Stewart's personal library on e-Bay, in The Journey (Death) of a Library . This is a very sad thing to see happen, but it is not always easy for larger libraries to absorb personal collections, particularly if they are left under conditions that don't suit potential owners. Kennedy rather begs the question here - we are talking about 2,500 books:
So why aren’t our libraries and institutions set up to take a collection of books from one of Australia’s most prominent poets and writers? Why aren’t they displaying the libraries of our writers so we can gain an insight into their studies and learn from what they learned from? The libraries that helped them to become world-famous writers.
Some libraries have acquired the collected books of our writers. The State Library of NSW has Patrick White’s library. What are we studying and learning from that collection?
And I think he can rest assured that meticulous study will be being made by the gatekeepers, of exactly what is happening with Patrick White's shelf space. As it is done throughout every library.
I think I've seen this before, but from the Cordite blog, this link provides information on a free Australian literature site, Australian Literature Resources, compiled by John Tranter and volunteers.