From the Sydney Morning News:
It takes a lot to prise possessions from an avid collector’s grasp, but luckily for the State Library of Queensland, Laurel Dingle can be quite persuasive.
That power of persuasion has seen the SLQ acquire what was thought to be Australia’s largest collection of Bee Gees memorabilia from Melbourne collector Mark Crohan.
Mr Crohan had spent decades accumulating his collection, which included albums, sheet music, press cuttings and other memorabilia.
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This collection is regarded as Australia’s most comprehensive and significant collection of Bee Gees albums and memorabilia.
“State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is thrilled to have received these materials through the efforts of the Foundation,” State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said.
“This collection will prove an invaluable resource for music historians, researchers and fans alike,” Mrs Cooper said.
“State Library’s music collection is one of our fastest growing reference sections and this acquisition will greatly enhance the library’s content of Queensland music which has influenced the local, national and international music scenes.”
Queensland is where it all started for the trio, with the Gibb brothers signing their first music contract on the kitchen table of their Redcliffe home and playing their first gig, in 1958, at the Redcliffe Speedway.
“The Bee Gees have a remarkable connection to Queensland, so it’s very exciting to receive these artefacts — reflective of an extraordinary Queensland story — to preserve for future generations and share with Queenslanders today,” Mrs Cooper said.