Royal United Services Institute of Australia


RUSI of New South Wales

From the President - July 2017

From the President - July 2017

I am writing to provide an update of the move of the Institute and the Ursula Davidson Library to the new wing of the Anzac Memorial currently under construction in Hyde Park Sydney.

Negotiations with representatives of the Anzac Memorial Building Trust have progressed well and the Institute is on track to move its library and operations to the education and research centre under construction in the new wing of the Anzac Memorial around August/ September 2018.

For the first time in our 129 years of existence, the Institute will have a permanent home in a prestigious building in the centre of Sydney that will be accessible to our members and to the public.

The move of the Institute will present a number of challenges. As part of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Trust, we will need to “freeze” the library collection to ensure that it is free of silverfish and other vermin. We will also have to move the collection to the Anzac Memorial and to purchase a purpose built compactus to house the library collection.

We anticipate that we will need to raise around $125,000 to purchase a compactus, to freeze the collection and to move the library.

The Institute has embarked on a major fund raising program over the next several years. We are approaching members, philanthropists, commercial and other organisations for donations.

To date, many members have been very generous in making donations to the Institute’s tax deductible Library Gift Fund. In addition, we have received a generous donation from a philanthropist.

For a report on progress with getting the library ready for the move, please refer to the section “Library Update”

I will keep you updated on progress of the move of the Institute to the Anzac Memorial.

Paul Irving
President Institute for Defence and Security Studies NSW
1 July 2017

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