Diana Warnock, a former newspaper and radio journalist, went into politics at the age of 52 when she was elected as the State member of Parliament for Perth in 1993. Before entering politics, Diana was an activist for about 30 years for women’s rights and for minorities, and always belonged to many community and voluntary groups, both locally in Perth and nationally. She grew up in the Eastern Goldfields—between Menzies and Leonora—but lived most of her adult life in the city of Perth. Her late husband Bill Warnock, an Irish-Scot, grew up in a Glasgow slum and migrated to Australia in his teens. They both graduated in arts from UWA.
James Hume Nisbet (1849-1923) Scottish born author and artist first visited Australia as a young man in the late 1860s. He visited Australia twice, travelling to Tasmania, New Zealand, and the South Sea Island, painting, sketching, writing poetry and stories. The Friends of the Library purchased four of Nisbet’s sketches currently on display in the foyer Special Collections 2nd Floor Reid Library until April. The display also includes many of his novels and poetry from the Peter Cowan Collection.
Special Collections will be open for Friends from 6.30pm prior to the talk to view the foyer display and objects from the collection in May, June, July, August and November 2020.
The Committee invites members to nominate and join the Committee in 2020. Please contact Kathryn Maingard (email [email protected]
or by phone 6488 2356) if you are interested in joining the Committee.