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21 Aug 2014Bitesize talk with Paul Lancaster “Sydney doctors in the Great War”
21 Aug 2014The Australian Poetry Slam: Life Interrupted
23 Aug 2014Honouring Thea Astley
Interested in library history?
Bookings are now open for the 11th Australian Library History Forum, 18-19 November 2014 at the State Library of NSW. This year’s forum marks the 75th anniversary of the NSW Library Act 1939.
Shortlist for 2014 NSW Premier's History Awards
The Premier of NSW, the Honourable Mike Baird MP announced the shortlist for the 2014 NSW Premier’s History Awards. Eight judges considered almost 150 entries across five prize categories. The winners of the 2014 Awards will be announced at at a presentation and cocktail reception held at the State Library on Friday 5 September 2014. Purchase tickets here.
National Biography Winner announced
Tasmanian historian Alison Alexander has won the $25,000 National Biography Award, Australia's richest prize for life writing, for her engrossing biography The Ambitions of Jane Franklin, Victorian Lady Adventurer.
Family History Month
It's time to dust down your ancestors. August is National Family History Month. Throughout the month the State Library has events for everyone, from the experienced family historian to the beginner. All events are free, but places are limited and booking is essential.
New exhibition: Life Interrupted
Our major new exhibition exposes the compelling tales of adventure, heartache and bravery – with a dose of great Aussie humour – through the hand-written diaries and letters of soldiers, nurses, stretcher-bearers and journalists. On show until 21 September 2014.
New exhibition: Portraits of War
For the first time in nearly a century, over 230 pocket-sized portraits of WWI soldiers from an extraordinary and poignant collection will go on show in the free exhibition, Portraits of War: The Crown Studios Project, from 28 June to 21 September 2014.
Little-known other 'Sunbaker' photo on public display
The only known original print of the first negative of Max Dupain’s iconic Sunbaker has been in a family album for over 60 years, until recently when it was donated to the Library under the Cultural Gifts Program. The album is now on display in our Amaze Gallery. Entry is free.