World War I Artefacts Coming to Lithgow

Extraordinary World War One artefacts, including the personal diary of a serviceman from Lithgow drawn from the State Library of NSW’s renowned collections, are heading to Lithgow for a special curator talk and preservation workshop at Lithgow Library.

On Tuesday 18 August from 11.00am to 12.00pm, Lithgow Library Learning Centre will host a free public talk with the State Library’s World War One Curator Elise Edmonds who will talk about the material and share the fascinating story of how the State Library acquired its first collection of soldiers’ diaries.

Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham said “This is a wonderful opportunity for the Lithgow community to gain an understanding of the wealth of collections held in the State Library of NSW without having to make a journey to Sydney. I urge residents to book quickly as there will be a large demand for this very special event”.

According to NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive Alex Byrne, “This will be the first time these remarkable and historically significant items, which are held in the State Library’s rich collections, will be shown in Lithgow as part of our World War One Touring Program.”

The diary of Howard Arthur Delaney, a telegraph operator from Lithgow, came to the Library in 2012. He enlisted in the A.I.F. on 1 August 1917, aged 19, and served with the 1st Signal Squadron in Egypt. He returned to Australia on 26 July 1919. “Visitors to Lithgow Library Learning Centre can read some of the powerful excerpts from Mr Delaney’s diary,” said Elise Edmonds.

As part of the State Library’s touring program, a conservator from the State Library will present a practical workshop on preserving your family history collections, including letters, journals and photographs. The free workshop will be held at the Lithgow Library Learning Centre from 2.00pm-3.00pm on Tuesday 18 August. Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting Lithgow library on 63529100.  Spaces are limited to 20 people.

Lithgow Library Learning Centre is excited to be partnering with the State Library of NSW to bring this touring program to the Lithgow community as part of its commitment to provide learning opportunities and quality library programs which meet the needs of the community in Lithgow City Council’s Community Strategic Plan 2026.WW1 Diary