Friends and Colleagues

Donated by Christine Martin

While working with my State Library colleagues in the Arts and Humanities team of the State Reference Library, I was part of a lovely tradition that I'd like to share. As we celebrated each of our birthdays during that year, we all contributed a small amount of money for the birthday girl and one of the staff bought a tea cup and saucer as her present.

As the year went by, everyone received a unique tea cup in traditional styles, yellows, pinks, greens, gilded and decorated. Mine is predominantly blue. Every time I use it, I think of my friends in Arts and Humanities, the fun and friendship and the great team spirit. We had a wonderful tea party on the River Terrace one morning before the library opened with all of our dainty tea cups. Thanks girls!