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From the President - December 2018

Over a period of several months, we progressively moved the Ursula Davidson Library's book and map collection to the Anzac Memorial construction 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 library reading room in the Centenary Extension of the Anzac Memorial.

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

For the first time in our 130 years of existence, the Institute now has a permanent home in a prestigious building in the centre of Sydney that is 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 - 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, 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 approached and are continuing to approach members, philanthropists and organisations for donations.

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. I have included a list of donors in the Board's Report to the 2018 Annual General Meeting - go to "About Us" on this website, click on "BOARD REPORT 2017-18" (CLICK HERE for direct link) and go to the last attachment.

The Centenary Extension of the Anzac Memorial was officially opened on Armistice Day - 11 November 2018. The library will be open initially to our members and members of the public on Mondays and Wednesdays, and for researchers by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you would like to help in the library minimal training is required please contact us on 8262 2922.

May I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year.

Paul Irving
President Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies NSW
1 December 2018


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