Friends who knew the late Leslie Walford (1927-2012), Dr Seaborn’s cousin and our second Foundation President, will be interested to learn of the recent publication ‘Darling mother, darling son: the letters of Leslie Walford and Dora Byrne 1929 -1972’, edited by Edith M Ziegler.

This is the first major publication to be drawn from a substantial archive of personal and business papers given to the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection (CSL & RC) in 2012, shortly after Leslie Walford’s death, by his executor and Foundation Life Friend Colin Davies.

The carefully edited selection from the personal correspondence is gracefully linked together by a connecting narrative that draws on the archive as a whole to provide context. It is illustrated by a rich selection of rare pictorial material from the archive.

To celebrate the publication, members of Sydney Living Museums have been invited to a behind-the scenes inspection of the Walford archive and Head of Collections & Access Megan Martin will reveal some of the surprising and poignant treasures unearthed in the process of sorting through many, many boxes and trunks filled with papers, diaries, ledgers, trophies and other relics.

This sold-out event is another reminder of the importance of respecting and maintaining archival collections. Let Carol know if you are interested in purchasing a copy of this interesting book .

Carol Martin – 9955 5444
Email – office@sbwfoundation.com