Paul is Emeritus Curator at the State Library of NSW in Sydney, and Honorary Associate of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney. Paul is well known among rare book-lovers and archivists, for his contribution to Australian history. He worked with the Mitchell Library’s Australiana collections, has a special Interest in the European discoveries in the Pacific and was responsible for the acquisition of a number of significant manuscripts and printed books on this subject for the Mitchell Library. In his 40 years at the library, Paul presided over the acquisition of more than 40,000 collections and millions of items. These include Brett Whiteley’s affectionate letters to his mother Beryl; First Fleet midshipman Newton Fowell’s 12 long letters to his father in Devon; Patrick White’s desk; and the George Bass collection.
Paul’s publications include his annotated edition of Flinders’ letters, Matthew Flinders: personal letters from an extraordinary life, and he edited The Diaries of Miles Franklin, author of My Brilliant Career and founder of the most prestigious literary award in Australia.
Paul will again be moderator for the special opening night debate on Friday 9 September. Believe me you will be in for a treat.
Paul Brunton, Emeritus Curator, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW Sydney holds a prized volume, The Voyages of Captain Phillip.