NEWish MEMBER MICHAEL TAFFE advises:
Following an early career as a welfare worker and counsellor I became involved in education and the arts and have now retired as an archivist and professional historian, although I still practice as an historian. I have an M.A. from University of Melbourne and PhD from Federation University. My main collecting interests are books, bookplates and book ephemera such as prospectuses and bookmarks. My Ballarat (Vic) home is a family home of four generations with books from every generation. Now 76 years old I started collecting books by age 13 so have been at it a while.
Avenues of honour
Among the ephemera I collect as an outgrowth of my book collecting, prospectuses, bookplates and some manuscript material is any material on WWI Avenues of Honour (badges, programs etc).