Hear the story behind Miles Franklin’s long lost diary

Macquarie Regional Library director John Bayliss. Photo: File.
Macquarie Regional Library director John Bayliss. Photo: File.

Join Richard Neville, Mitchell Librarian from the State Library of New South Wales and Dubbo’s own Kim Goldsmith, a descendant of Miles Franklin, at the Dubbo Library on Thursday, March 8 from 6pm to hear the incredible story behind the Miles Franklin’s long lost diary.

When an old battered suitcase passed down through three generations of Mile’s Franklin’s extended family was opened in 2015, the discovery of a small, red, pocket diary filled with the spidery writing of one of Australia’s most loved authors was cause for considerable excitement.

This diary, her last, was written in 1954 with her final entry just days before her death and was thought to be lost until its discovery just three years ago.

Miles Franklin was an Australian author best known for My Brilliant Career, published when she was just 22 years old.

“Miles Franklin is an iconic Australian author and we are pleased to be involved with the State Library and Miles’ extended family on this auspicious occasion,” Macquarie Regional Library director John Bayliss said.

Franklin went on to have a successful career as a writer, editor, feminist activist and an enduring advocate for Australian literature.

Today, the Miles Franklin Literary Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the country.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get up close and personal with a piece of Australian history owned by one of the country’s literary greats.

This is a free event and light refreshments will be provided.

Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting the Library on 6801 4510 by Monday, March 5.