ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING
Early 19th century
When mutiny broke out in India in 1857 it sent shock waves through the British Empire. A request by the Public Library Trustees for some of the mutineers’ captured weapons resulted in the receipt of 287 items in November 1860.
Arguing for the acquisition of the Indian arms, the Chairman of the Public Library’s Trustees, Redmond Barry, wrote that they “would afford interesting illustration of oriental national customs and peculiarities”.
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