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From the President - October 2018

Over a period of several months, we have progressively moved the Ursula Davidson library’s book and map collection to the Centenary Extension of the Anzac Memorial site, where the books and maps were frozen for a week, before being moved into our purpose built compactus in the storage room adjacent to the new library reading room.

We have also relocated our office from Defence Plaza Sydney to the Centenary Extension.

For the first time in our 130 years of existence, the Institute will have a permanent home in a prestigious building in the centre of Sydney that will be accessible to our members and to the public.

The relocation of the Institute presented a number of significant challenges. First, we had to get the library collection ready for the move. Second, we had to cull our large archival holdings – as you can imagine, we had accumulated a lot of archival material over our 130 years of existence. Third, we had to purchase a large purpose built compactus to house the library collection. Fourth, as part of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Anzac Memorial Trust, we had to “freeze” the library collection to ensure that it was free of silverfish and other vermin.

The Institute embarked on a major fund raising program over several years to raise funds to help pay for the cost involved in relocating the Institute and library to the Anzac Memorial, to maintain and expand the library collection, and if possible, to employ a librarian. We are approaching members, philanthropists, commercial and other organisations for donations. To date, many members have been very generous in making donations to the Institute’s tax deductible Library Gift Fund. In addition, we have received generous donations from two very kind philanthropists.

Currently, the Centenary Extension of the Anzac Memorial is still a construction site and it will be officially opened on Armistice Day - 11 November 2018. I will provide further advice as to how to access our new premises and when so that you can come and visit us.

Paul Irving
President Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies NSW
10 October 2018


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