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Unveiling Captain Cook’s Statue, 1879

On 25 March 1879, a statue of Captain Cook was unveiled in Hyde park. This event was witnessed by around 40,000 making it one of the biggest events of the year.

Indigenous services across public libraries

Staff from public libraries across NSW flew to Sydney to attend the Indigenous Services Unconference: Public Library Action Plans.

Society and Culture Awards

Celebrating 2016 HSC success.

Australia’s Love Song

In February 2017, in a double first, Dorothea Mackellar’s poetry notebook ‘Verses 1907-1908’ has become the first Australian literary archive, and the first by a woman writer, to be added to UNESCO’s Australian Memory of the World register

Interned in Australia: enemy aliens imprisoned during the First World War

During the First World War nearly 7000 ‘enemy aliens’, mainly men of German and Austro-Hungarian origins, were interned in camps in Australia.

Bayala – The Sydney Language Out of the Vaults at the Library

In occasion of Sydney Festival the Indigenous Services team showcased rare and priceless items from the Library's heritage collections that tell the story of the Sydney language. 

Great Scott! Shared histories and shared stories moving towards a shared learning

State Library connects with community regarding Fellowship research.

2017 Fellowships announced

Find out who are the winners of our Nancy Keesing, CH Currey Memorial and Australian Religious History Fellowships

Last of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition Rescued 10 January 1917

It is often assumed that there was no loss of life on Shackleton’s 1914-1917  expedition to cross Antarctica but this was not the case. 

Your favourite #LiteraryMocktails

Vote for your favourite #LiteraryMocktails 

John Tebbutt Australian Astronomer

While the name John Tebbutt is unfamiliar to many of us we may have inadvertently had the good fortune to have stowed him away in our wallets. 

Award winners summer reads

The winners of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and NSW Premier’s History Awards tell us what they’ll be reading over the holidays.

Indigenous Services - highlights of 2016

The Indigenous Services team share their highlights for 2016.