The public are invited to an exhibition at the Port Macquarie Library which showcases Australia’s fauna and flora and how they came to be popular in the community.
The State Library of NSW of behind the collection of works known as ‘Australian Inspiration’ which will be on display in Port Macquarie from December 5 until December 15.
The purpose of the exhibition is to educate people on the first depictions of the koala and the waratah from over 200 years ago and how they evolved over time to become national icons.
Australian Inspiration curator Sarah Morley said Australian artist John William Lewin was the first person to draw a koala in 1803.
In 1933 Dorothy Wall brought the koala to life with her character called Blinky Bill and by the 1960s it was used to promote Australian tourism.
The earliest known drawing of the waratah dates back to 1794 and continues to be a source of inspiration for fashion designers and artists.