19th century children’s books on display

Mavis Blackie has been collecting children’s books for the past five decades.

While she finds it hard to pick a favourite, Beatrix Potter’s books are up there.

“But I don’t think the narratives were strictly that good,” Ms Blackie said.

“Beatrix had a charming way of illustrating the animals, but while she dressed them up in clothes they still looked like animals.”

Ms Blackie is a lover of all books – she’s been reading anything she could get her hands on since she was five – her favourite genres are murder mysteries set in medieval times.

“I get two for one: the history of the medieval period and the mystery of the murder.”

The Darley resident and several others will display their children’s book collections, with some books dating back to the 1850s, at Bacchus Marsh next weekend.

Reverend Val Johnstone, of St Andrews Uniting Church, will speak about the collections, with money raised from the exhibition going to the church’s frontier services, which help Australians in remote areas.

Some books will be available to purchase.

The event will run from at St Andrews Uniting Church from noon-5pm on Sunday, June 12, and 9am-1pm on Monday, June 13. Details: 5367 3023