All Events

Public events at the State Library include talks on literary, historical and contemporary issues, movies, workshops and courses as well as presentations about, and showings of, the Library's rich collections.

You can also listen to selected talks online.

Payment Policy

All listed prices include GST. There is a 20% cancellation fee for events that are over $50 cancelled within 48 hours of an event. No refund applies to events under $50. If payment has not been received, unclaimed tickets will be sold 15 minutes after the event commences.

PHOTO OF A NEWLY GRADUATED MISSIONARY

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 11.00 AM

Talk: Scholarly Musings: 'What Grandma did'

Alma Smith and her daughter Alva (Atkins) were tireless workers for the United Aborigines Mission, whose careers represent almost 100 years of religious engagement with Aboriginal communities throughout NSW (1920–2006). The Smith family’s diaries, papers and photographs, generously donated to the Mitchell Library, document the social histories of communities such as La Perouse, Purfleet and Coraki.

Adrian Atkins is a proud Aboriginal man (Anaiwan/Kamilaroi/Wonorua) completing his history degree (University of Sydney), and the adopted son of Alva and David Atkins. Join Adrian for a personal, intergenerational survey of the lives and work of two incredibly determined women and their impact in rural communities.

This event is part of the Scholarly Musings series.

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Wednesday 8 July 2015, 12.30 PM

Talk: Fergus Hume Lecture

The Fergus Hume Society has recently been incorporated with the aim of facilitating and promoting engagement — for enjoyment, scholarship and research — with the life and works of Fergus Hume.

Dr Lucy Sussex was born in New Zealand and now lives in Australia. She has degrees in English and Librarianship from Monash and Cardiff University in Wales, and is a researcher, editor and writer. She is also a literary archaeologist, rediscovering and republishing the 19th-century Australian crime writers Mary Fortune and Ellen Davitt. She has won several Ditmar and Aurealis awards. Lucy’s most recent work, Blockbuster!:Fergus Hume and The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, published by Text, will be out mid-2015.

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Wednesday 8 July 2015, 6.00 PM

Special event: Out of the Vaults: Sites Unseen

Join us as we share the stories of significant Indigenous sites and help us celebrate the preservation of Indigenous documentary heritage.

Part of NAIDOC WEEK

This event is part of the Out of the Vaults series.

eresources

Thursday 9 July 2015, 10.30 AM

Workshop: Where do I start? eResources 

This hands-on workshop highlights the online resources available via the State Library website. Learn how to access ebooks, local and international newspapers, reference works, full-text magazines and more. Basic computing skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

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Saturday 11 July 2015, 1.00 PM

Seminar: Censorship, free speech and public discourse

If John Adams is correct and liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people then how can censorship in its many guises be justified? Is the freedom to say what others question or reject without repercussion under threat? Will free speech become a privilege and not a right as we move into the 21stcentury?

In this seminar distinguished speakers will include Gillian Triggs, Lucy Taksa and Meredith Burgmann.

Thursday 16 July 2015, 10.30 AM

Workshop: Reading Yesterday's News

Join us for this hands-on workshop and discover how to find newspapers in our computer catalogue, via our electronic databases and on the internet. Find out how you can access newspaper databases at home using your Library card. View a historic newspaper from the collection. Basic computing skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Walkley Speech Bubble

Thursday 16 July 2015, 6.00 PM

Talk: Walkley Media Talks - The Art of Opinion

In a sea of public opinions, we explore the enduring value and craft of informed opinion and commentary. From the opening salvo to the knockout punch, great commentary keeps us talking about the big issues. From razor-sharp cartoons to political critique and light-hearted columns, our panel explores the best — and worst — of opinion.

This event is part of the Walkley Media Talks series.

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Friday 17 July 2015, 10.30 AM

Course: Social Media for Beginners

See the world in a new way! Explore Instagram and Pinterest. Learn how to capture and share pictures or video, choose a filter and post to Instagram. Also learn how to create a board and organise the things you love using Pinterest. You will need an email or Facebook account before attending the course. Basic computing skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

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Thursday 23 July 2015, 10.30 AM

Workshop: Starting Family Research at the State Library

Family history can reveal surprising and sometimes moving lost stories that enhance an individual's understanding of who they are. Family history librarians will provide an introductory program on the State Library’s diverse family history collections. Rarely seen collection items will be on display.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Julie Paterson

Thursday 23 July 2015, 6.00 PM

Talk: Clothbound

Local designer Julie Paterson comes to the Library to talk about her timeless fabric designs and how the Australian landscape has inspired her work. Her new book, Clothbound, will be on sale.

In association with the Australian Inspiration exhibition.

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Saturday 25 July 2015, 2.30 PM

Talk: The Simple Act of Reading

Join writer and editor Debra Adelaide and panel as they discuss The Simple Act of Reading, a collection of essays and memoir pieces on the topic of reading — in particular what it means for writers to be readers and how that has shaped their life. Contributors to the collection include Joan London, Delia Falconer, Tegan Bennett Daylight, Kate Forsyth, Gail Jones, Malcolm Knox, David Malouf and more. The Simple Act of Reading supports Sydney Story Factory by emphasising the importance of reading in shaping an individual’s future.

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Tuesday 28 July 2015, 10.30 AM

Course: The Art of Searching Online

There is more to Google searching than you think! This hands-on session will help you develop the skills to get the best online results. Learn the art of keyword choice, how to use search operators and explore additional tools and functions available within Google search.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Movie Film

Thursday 30 July 2015, 12.00 PM

Movie: Free Movies on Macquarie: Bran Nue Dae

Jimmy Chi’s celebrated musical about an Aboriginal boy’s journey home from Perth to his homeland at Djaridjin. The movie is an engaging blend of rock opera, road movie, comedy, song and dance.

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Monday 3 August 2015, 11.00 AM

Special event: National Biography Award 2015

Join us for the announcement of the National Biography Award on Monday 3 August, Australia’s richest prize for biographical writing and memoir.

Established in 1996 to encourage the highest standards of writing in biography and autobiography and to promote public interest in these genres, the award is administered and presented by the State Library of NSW on behalf of benefactors Dr Geoffrey Cains and Mr Michael Crouch AO, and the State Library Foundation.

This event is part of the Biography Week series.

CAMDEN PARK HOUSE

Tuesday 4 August 2015, 11.00 AM

Talk: Scholarly Musings: A suitable residence

Among the letters, receipts and accounts in the Mitchell Library’s Macarthur papers are some very different treasures: a complex series of plans that relate to John Macarthur’s building ambitions.

Though most of these designs never left the drawing board, this talk will examine Macarthur’s intentions, the careers of his designers and their plans, and what they reveal of Sydney’s infant building industry.

Scott Hill is a curator with Sydney Living Museums. Long fascinated by John Macarthur’s architectural interests, Scott’s PhD research examines the design evolution of Camden Park throughout its 30-year construction.

This event is part of the Scholarly Musings series.

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Thursday 6 August 2015, 2.30 PM

Talk: Starting your family tree

If you are new to the Library and new to family research, join us for an introduction to the Library's catalogue, eresources and the benefits of getting a library card.

This event is part of the National Family History Month series.

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Friday 7 August 2015, 10.30 AM

Talk: Newspapers for family history

Newspapers hold a wealth of information. Learn about the best newspaper databases from Australia and overseas, and how to search like a professional.

This event is part of the National Family History Month series.

State Library

Wednesday 12 August 2015, 10.30 AM

Talk: Where do I start? Discover the State Library

For the first-time user, this talk introduces the fantastic services and collections available at the State Library and provides a good idea of where to begin research.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

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Wednesday 12 August 2015, 6.00 PM

Talk: Can there be law without violence?

Is it possible to establish clear limits to how the law can use violence? Or is the violence from which the law is meant to protect us internal to the law itself?

Peg Birmingham, Anna Yeatman and James Martel discuss the relationship between law and violence.

Movie Film

Thursday 13 August 2015, 12.00 PM

Movie: Free Movies on Macquarie: Photographers of Australia

A documentary showcasing the work of three of Australia’s most renowned photographers: Max Dupain, Wolfgang Sievers and David Moore.

Jacqueline Dinan

Thursday 13 August 2015, 1.30 PM

Talk: Between the Dances

The start of World War 2 changed women’s lives and their place in Australian society forever. Thousands of women ventured where few had gone before – into the services and workplaces previously considered the sole preserve of men.

Serving their country as nurses, farmhands, munitions workers or members of the defence forces, these fascinating stories expose their struggle with gender stereotypes, the difficult release of social liberties and the dawning of new opportunities for all Australian women.

Between the Dances reveals poignant and personal conversations, photographs and letters from over 300 remarkable women and is a testament to real life during World War 2.

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Thursday 13 August 2015, 2.30 PM

Talk: Newspapers for family history

Newspapers hold a wealth of information. Learn about the best newspaper databases from Australia and overseas, and how to search like a professional.

This event is part of the National Family History Month series.

GEORGE GITTOES ART DIARY

Friday 14 August 2015, 10.00 AM

Special event: The real thing

Join us for a glimpse at the exciting material the Library has acquired over the past 12 months as we continue to add to the Library’s intriguing and significant collections. The Library’s collection documents early European exploration in the Pacific and the search for the Great South Land through to contemporary life, recording the peoples and cultures of NSW, Australia and Oceania.
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Friday 14 August 2015, 10.30 AM

Talk: Finding your Irish ancestors

Unlike British ancestry, many Irish records were destroyed by fire in 1922. A beginner’s guide to what is available with a hand-out of useful websites.

This event is part of the National Family History Month series.

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Thursday 20 August 2015, 2.30 PM

Talk: Finding your Irish ancestors

Unlike British ancestry, many Irish records were destroyed by fire in 1922. A beginner’s guide to what is available with a hand-out of useful websites.

This event is part of the National Family History Month series.

Walkley Speech Bubble

Thursday 20 August 2015, 6.00 PM

Talk: Walkley Media Talks - Rolling Live Coverage: Risky Business

In an age when social media is the platform for breaking news, dramatic unfolding stories like the Martin Place siege can place the demand for constant media updates in a direct challenge to police and security operations, even leaving civilian lives in the balance.

In the wake of that event, what are the ethical and safety implications? How can journalists and newsrooms handle delicate police operations without impeding the public’s right to know?

This event is part of the Walkley Media Talks series.

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Friday 21 August 2015, 10.30 AM

Talk: Maps for family research

A beginner’s guide to how a map can shed light on your ancestors. The focus is on the maps held at the Library and rarely seen maps will be on display.

This event is part of the National Family History Month series.

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Wednesday 26 August 2015, 4.00 PM

Workshop: Online Resources for Teachers

Explore the State Library’s extraordinary online collections and resources which are ready for classroom use. Basic computer skills are required.
Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards' (BOSTES) endorsed provider of BOSTES registered professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at the level of Proficient Teacher.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

ebook

Thursday 27 August 2015, 10.30 AM

Workshop: Welcome to the world of ebooks

Join us for a hands-on workshop exploring how to use an ereader, phone or tablet to read ebooks. Discover the Library's ebook collections and learn how to download ebooks from popular websites.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Movie Film

Thursday 27 August 2015, 12.00 PM

Movie: Free Movies on Macquarie: Lewis Morley, Photography

Considered one of the most significant voices of 1960s London, Lewis Morley took one of the most iconic images of this period: a naked Christine Keeler on an Arne Jacobson chair.

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Thursday 27 August 2015, 2.30 PM

Talk: Maps for family research

A beginner’s guide to how a map can shed light on your ancestors. The focus is on the maps held at the Library and rarely seen maps will be on display.

This event is part of the National Family History Month series.

HISTORIA ANIMALIUM KONRAD GESNER, 1516-1565

Thursday 27 August 2015, 6.00 PM

Special event: Out of the Vaults: Monsters (SOLD OUT)

This Out of the Vaults is dedicated to the fascinating mythological beasts and monsters that decorate the rare books, manuscripts and maps in the Library’s collections.

Many of these legendary creatures have their origins in writings from Ancient Greece and the Middle Ages all the way through to accounts of 18th century seafarers who were wary of encountering dangerous sea creatures as they sailed into the vast oceans beyond the equator.

This event is part of the Out of the Vaults series.

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Friday 28 August 2015, 10.30 AM

Talk: Starting your family tree

If you are new to the Library and new to family research, join us for an introduction to the Library's catalogue, eresources and the benefits of getting a library card.

This event is part of the National Family History Month series.

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Saturday 29 August 2015, 2.30 PM

Talk: Honouring Australian Writers

In its annual Honouring Australian Writers series, the NSW Writers’ Centre pays tribute to writers who have made an important contribution to our literary culture.

In 2015 we turn to the West Australian writer Randolph Stow. Perhaps best known for To The Islands, which won the Miles Franklin Award, and The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea, he was also a poet and reviewer.

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Wednesday 2 September 2015, 4.00 PM

Workshop: Twitter for Teachers

Discover how to use Twitter to communicate with teacher colleagues, make new contacts, and develop a personal learning network. Set up a Twitter account and learn how to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers. You will need an email account before attending the course. Basic computer skills are required.
Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards' (BOSTES) endorsed provider of BOSTES registered professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at the level of Proficient Teacher.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Thursday 3 September 2015, 10.30 AM

Workshop: Money Smart Week special event: Researching Stocks ad Shares

A hands-on workshop for people interested in discovering more about publicly listed companies and their shares. Bring along the name of a company and Library staff will show you how to find company overviews, recent news, annual reports and share prices. Basic computer skills are required.
NB: This session is educational and informational only. The Library does not provide financial advice.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

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Thursday 10 September 2015, 10.30 AM

Workshop: Where do I start? Library Website & Catalogues

This hands-on workshop provides an overview of the services and resources available from the State Library website. Explore highlights of the Library’s collections, take a guided tour of the catalogues and browse our exhibitions and events. Basic computing skills are required

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

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Tuesday 15 September 2015, 10.30 AM

Workshop: Treasures of Trove

This hands-on workshop provides an introduction to the unrivalled repository of Australian and online resources available from the Trove website. Search books, images, maps, music, archives and more. Learn how to access digitised newspapers and local history information on Trove and how to sign up and add comments, edit text and tag articles.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

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Wednesday 16 September 2015, 10.30 AM

Talk: Exploring Colonial Sydney

Join State Library staff to discover the story of Sydney from 1788 to 1900. We will look at manuscripts, maps, paintings and art works that tell stories of early Sydney. Practise using the Library's catalogues and other search tools, and discover the many formats that can be researched to discover old Sydney.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

eresources

Thursday 8 October 2015, 10.30 AM

Workshop: Where do I start? eResources 

This hands-on workshop highlights the online resources available via the State Library website. Learn how to access ebooks, local and international newspapers, reference works, full-text magazines and more. Basic computing skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Friday 9 October 2015, 10.30 AM

Workshop: Reading Yesterday's News

Join us for this hands-on workshop and discover how to find newspapers in our computer catalogue, via our electronic databases and on the internet. Find out how you can access newspaper databases at home using your Library card. View a historic newspaper from the collection. Basic computing skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

documents

Friday 16 October 2015, 10.30 AM

Workshop: Starting Family Research at the State Library

Family history can reveal surprising and sometimes moving lost stories that enhance an individual's understanding of who they are. Family history librarians will provide an introductory program on the State Library’s diverse family history collections. Rarely seen collection items will be on display.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

social media

Monday 19 October 2015, 10.30 AM

Course: Social Media for Beginners

See the world in a new way! Explore Instagram and Pinterest. Learn how to capture and share pictures or video, choose a filter and post to Instagram. Also learn how to create a board and organise the things you love using Pinterest. You will need an email or Facebook account before attending the course. Basic computing skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

website

Wednesday 21 October 2015, 4.00 PM

Workshop: Online Resources for Teachers

Explore the State Library’s extraordinary online collections and resources which are ready for classroom use. Basic computer skills are required.
Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards' (BOSTES) endorsed provider of BOSTES registered professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at the level of Proficient Teacher.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

ebook

Friday 23 October 2015, 10.30 AM

Workshop: Welcome to the world of ebooks

Join us for a hands-on workshop exploring how to use an ereader, phone or tablet to read ebooks. Discover the Library's ebook collections and learn how to download ebooks from popular websites.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

keyboard

Thursday 29 October 2015, 10.30 AM

Course: The Art of Searching Online

There is more to Google searching than you think! This hands-on session will help you develop the skills to get the best online results. Learn the art of keyword choice, how to use search operators and explore additional tools and functions available within Google search.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

70s women

Tuesday 10 November 2015, 10.30 AM

Talk: Reliving the 70s

The 1970s was a decade of great change in Australia with developments in women’s rights, Indigenous rights, politics, music and fashion. Dig out those flares and platform shoes and come along to see and hear about some of the highlights from our collections.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

State Library

Thursday 12 November 2015, 10.30 AM

Talk: Where do I start? Discover the State Library

For the first-time user, this talk introduces the fantastic services and collections available at the State Library and provides a good idea of where to begin research.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

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Wednesday 18 November 2015, 10.30 AM

Workshop: Preserving Your Family History: Digital Media

A seminar dedicated to the long-term care of digital media. The emphasis will be on the vulnerability of different digital formats and tips on preservation strategies that aim to achieve archival storage.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Tuesday 8 December 2015, 10.30 AM

Talk: Christmas in the Colony

Join us for a festive show and tell and discover how Christmas was celebrated in the colonies. Which traditions linger and which have faded away? Examples from the collections tell their own story of the time with references to the warm weather and local flora and fauna. See original newspapers, pictures and Christmas cards held in the Library’s rich collections.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

SRL verandah

Thursday 10 December 2015, 10.30 AM

Workshop: Where do I start? Library Website & Catalogues

This hands-on workshop provides an overview of the services and resources available from the State Library website. Explore highlights of the Library’s collections, take a guided tour of the catalogues and browse our exhibitions and events. Basic computing skills are required

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

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