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  • Title
    Plaster casts for the bronze doors at the entrance of the Mitchell Library, ca. 1940 / manufactured by Wunderlich Ltd.
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  • Date

    ca. 1940
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    992005
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    During the construction of the new Mitchell Library which commenced in 1940, Wunderlich Ltd. was contracted to cast in bronze a series of plaques for the new entrance doors. The plaques were cast from sculptures done by Arthur Fleischmann showing European explorers of Australia, and Ralph Walker, Frank Lynch, E. Lenegan and Daphne Mayo depicting Aboriginal life.

    To prepare for the bronze casting, the modeler at Wunderlich had first to cast plaster moulds from the originals in order to adjust the clearances and cuts of the sculpted profiles to suit the techniques in sand casting. The plaster moulds were kept by Wunderlich until 1973 when they were returned to the Library.

    References:
    A source of inspiration & delight : the buildings of the State Library of New South Wales since 1826 / David J. Jones. Sydney : Library Council of New South Wales, c1988.
    Library correspondence file
  • Scope and Content
    Series 01
    Plaster casts of navigators and explorers on bronze entrance doors to the Library, ca. 1940 / manufactured by Wunderlich Ltd from sculptures by Arthur Fleischmann

    Series 02
    Plaster casts of Cook, Eyre and Leichhardt, for panels in the bronze entrance doors of the Mitchell Library, ca. 1940 / manufactured by Wunderlich Ltd. from sculptures by Arthur Fleischmann

    Series 03
    Plaster cast of The guardian of the emu totem, Central Australia, from panel in Mitchell Library doors, ca. 1940 / manufactured by Wunderlich Ltd. from a sculpture by Ralph T. Walker
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