Discovery event with Cheryl Hoskin

Discover one of the Library’s most beautiful rare books with Cheryl Hoskin: Berthe Hoola van Nooten’s Fleurs fruits et feuillages choisis de l’ile de Java, published in 1880.

Cheryl Hoskin

Cheryl Hoskin

Cheryl retired last year after 17 years as Special Collections Librarian at the University of Adelaide Library. She says she was privileged to have overseen the Adopt-a-Book program from its inception. Cheryl personally adopted this magnificent book. The 40 brilliantly coloured life-sized plates of the fruits and flowers commonly found in Java have been described as some of the finest examples of chromolithography. Cheryl will also talk on the development of this relatively new technique, an exciting milestone in the history of colour printing.

Despite her relatively amateur status, Berthe is acknowledged as a talented and respected early woman botanical artist. Cheryl will also talk about Berthe’s fascinating life: as wife to a judge who travelled between Surinam and Batavia, a teacher who established five schools in America and Java, and an impoverished widow who published her art to support her five children.

WHEN: Thursday 30 June 2022

TIME: 1:00 pm

WHERE: Writing Studio, Level 2, Barr Smith Library

ENTRY: $10.00 per person (GST inclusive) at the door. EFTPOS only. Students FREE. Proceeds support the University Library.

BOOKINGS: By Wednesday 29 June to


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