Roy­alty on the books

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By DENISE S. CAHILL

FOR­MER Pri­vate Sec­re­tary to Queen El­iz­a­beth II Sir Wil­liam He­sel­tine suf­fered a lot of an­guish part­ing with 300 books from his per­sonal li­brary, but he knows they are go­ing to a good cause.

The Clare­mont res­i­dent has do­nated the books to the Royal WA His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, where he was pres­i­dent from 1998 to 2000, for its Gi­ant Sec­ond­hand Book Sale this week­end.

At the height of his col­lec­tion in Lon­don, Sir Wil­liam had about 3000 hard­cover books, as well as many paper­backs.

The books are adorned with Sir Wil­liam’s li­brary plate, which is his coat of arms that was de­signed for him by the Col­lege of Arms when he was serv­ing the Queen.

Sir Wil­liam se­lected the 300 books from his col­lec­tion and So­ci­ety vol­un­teers have cho­sen sev­eral for auc­tion on Satur­day, April 1 at 10.30am at So­ci­ety head­quar­ters in Ned­lands.

“I had my life col­lec­tion of books in York and when that house sold (last year), the ac­com­mo­da­tion I was mov­ing to couldn’t fit the books, so I had to make a hasty choice of what to keep,” Sir Wil­liam said.

“It was very dif­fi­cult to part with them. I suf­fered lots of an­guish but I know they’re go­ing to a good cause.

“My son and daugh­ter wanted some and I gave some to a book seller in York but there were still thou­sands left that I of­fered to the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.”

The auc­tion items in­clude text­books from Sir Wil­liam’s days study­ing his­tory at UWA, books with a royal as­so­ci­a­tion and some on the coup in Fiji.

Peo­ple can view the auc­tion items on Fri­day, March 31 from 11am-3pm and Satur­day, April 1 from 8.30-10.15am.

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