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2014 - Seen but Not Heard

2014 – Seen but Not Heard

Lilian Medland’s Birds – Seen but Not Heard

Thank you, Alan, for your kind words and for the invitation to talk about my latest book, Seen but Not Heard: Lilian Medland’s Birds, my 52nd book.  It is indeed an honour to be asked to speak to this conference and a great pleasure to be among professional colleagues again.  I began my career in librarianship in 1951 in the Dept of Immigration in Canberra, then studied for a year on a scholarship of 4 pounds a week at the Library Training School at the Public Library of Victoria before serving as Regional Librarian in the Latrobe Valley of Victoria with its 4 libraries at Yallourn, Morwell, and outlying communities Boolarra and Mirboo North.  A stint at the Brixton Public Library in London did not last, as the shifts were 12 hours long!  After returning to Australia I was asked to set up a secondary school library, then one in a primary school – the first professional librarian to do so in South Australia.  I was proactive in establishing the public library in Burnside, South Australia, and ensuring that a professional librarian was appointed in charge, and I served for many years on the Library Committee.  Three children later, I joined the staff as Reader Services Librarian at Wattle Park Teachers College under Principal Colin Thiele, and was involved in the massive move of books to the new campus of the Murray Park CAE, now part of the University of South Australia.  Books of course were the order of the day in all those libraries.



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CRM Launch of Seen But Not Heard by John Hoopmann at Deaf Church SA crop shrunkA launch with a difference – in Auslan sign language – of Seen But Not Heard: Lilian Medland’s Birds was celebrated  by the Deaf Church of South Australia at its 40th anniversary service in November. Deaf Pastor John Hoopmann, a keen birdwatcher himself, put on his birdwatching hat and binoculars and told how deaf birdwatchers have to rely solely on sight to locate birds. The story of Lilian Medland’s courage and perseverance to continue her vocation painting birds despite losing her hearing inspired the deaf congregation.

ABC journalist Mike Sexton also did an interview with me for the SA 7.30 Report, which introduced many viewers to the work of this wonderfully talented artist.

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