Mitchell, David Scott

Book collector and national benefactor who used his wealth and position to amass an unmatched collection of Australiana. His entire collection was bequeathed to the people of New South Wales as the Mitchell Library, in a building purpose built for it.

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Sydney
19 Mar 1836
Died
Darlinghurst
24 Jul 1907
Buried
25 Jul 1907
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1850 - 1859
1907
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The Mitchell

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2014

For a century the Mitchell Library has been Sydney's memory, a storehouse of treasures and a club of eccentric scholars. It is all but impossible to write or read about the history of Australia, the Pacific and the Antarctic without being in debt to the great collector and eccentric recluse David Scott Mitchell.

Mitchell, David Scott

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2015
The Mitchell Library was officially opened on 9 March 1910, three years after the death of its acclaimed benefactor, David Scott Mitchell, on 24 July 1907. Approximately 40,000 volumes were given to the new library along with a large collection of manuscript journals, diaries and letters, thousands of prints, maps and charts, pictures and portraits, miniatures, bookplates, coins and medals. Just over 100 years later, Mitchell's bequest to Sydney, to New South Wales and to Australia, remains remarkable.