The Friends of Ninney Rise (FoNR) held a lovely ceremony on Sunday afternoon 14th May to officially open the Margaret Thorsborne Library at Ninney Rise, Bingil Bay.
Margaret Thorsborne AO has been a lifetime supporter of social justice and environmental protection. FoNR are thrilled that Margaret has generously donated her life’s reading and that the books now have a new, secure and fitting home into the future. Rescued after Cyclone Yasi, when some were lost, there are some old, rare and valuable books.
When asked about her collection, Margaret commented "I love books. You don’t just collect books and put them on shelves, you want to read them again and lend them to friends".
The books reflect Margaret’s interests - in art, plants, animals, conservation, World War One, the Antarctic, biography and much else. They are also a tribute to her wide friendships as many titles were gifts.
"I gifted the books to FoNR and Ninney Rise. said Margaret. "I felt they’d be looked after there and it seemed a suitable place, because it was a place of historic importance and it was involved with the care of the natural environment".
Friends of Ninney Rise hope to employ an archivist to properly catalogue the collection so that this wonderful reading/research library will be useful and appreciated.
President; Friends of Ninney Rise