164 year-old bill of sale for PS Collaroy at home in the State Library
Minister for Heritage Gabrielle Upton and Minister for the Arts Don Harwin have announced a restored historic 'bill of sale' for the mid-19th century paddle steamer Collaroy has been handed to the State Library of NSW for safekeeping and public display.
Ms Upton said the NSW Government and Heritage Council of NSW arranged for the 164 year-old document to be conserved and it will now form part of the Library's collection.
"I was proud to hand over the sales receipt for the PS Collaroy to the State Library of NSW," Ms Upton said.
"This is a very rare document dating back to 1854, and has links to the naming of one of Sydney's northern beaches suburbs and early Australian maritime history," Ms Upton said.
The story of PS Collaroy is an interesting insight into part of NSW's early colonial history, as it regularly transported passengers and cargo between Newcastle and Sydney.
Mr Harwin said the historic two-page document was a welcome addition to the collections already held in the State Library.
"The bill of sale is a valued resource for researchers, historians and the community," Mr Harwin said.
"There are very few surviving examples of these types of documents left in NSW and it is great news that it has been handed back to the public, to be housed and cared for at the State Library."
Member for Wakehurst Brad Hazzard said the PS Collaroy was memorable for its special role in naming part of the Wakehurst Electorate.
"In 1881 it was stranded in thick fog off Sydney's northern beaches, giving the suburb of Collaroy its current name," Ms Upton said.
A member of the public discovered PS Collaroy's bill of sale in a piece of antique furniture in 2010.
The International Conservation Services (ICS) was engaged by the Office of Environment and Heritage to undertake conservation works to restore the document.
Photos: A photo gallery is available on the Collaroy PS page.