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.

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Friday 22 May 2015, 12.30 PM

Talk: Australians: Flappers to Vietnam

Tom Keneally discusses the third volume of his historical series, in which he shines a light on the lives and deeds of our countrymen and women, from the end of the Great War to our development as a nation during the tumultuous 20th century. Australians: Flappers to Vietnam brings our more recent history to vibrant and robust life through masterly writing and exhaustive research.

This event is part of the Sydney Writers' Festival series.

documents

Wednesday 27 May 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.

HAIR BROOCH OF HENRY GILBERT SMITH (DETAIL)

Wednesday 27 May 2015, 6.00 PM

Special event: Out of the Vaults: Hair

A token of love, devotion and remembrance, hair was used to fashion necklaces, bracelets and brooches. Woven hair was incorporated into the back of miniature portraits, or miniatures were hung from strings of plaited hair. Popular from the 17th until the turn of the 20th century, the Library’s hair tokens tell intimate stories of love and loss. A lock of James Cook’s hair, preserved after his death in a miniature coffin made by the sailors of the Resolution, was given to his wife Elizabeth in England. Ann Flinders treasured a lock of Matthew’s hair. Blaxland family tokens include plaited hair bracelets fastened to miniature portraits.

photos1440

Thursday 28 May 2015, 6.00 PM

Talk: Photos1440 – Photography talks

With Brendan Esposito, Dallas Kilponen and Edwina Pickles

In association with the Photos 1440 exhibition.

CHILDREN RECEIVING SAMPLES OF GRANOSE BISCUITS

Tuesday 2 June 2015, 11.00 AM

Talk: Scholarly Musings - Fully cooked and partially digested

Join Nancy Cushing as she asks the questions:
‘What is for breakfast?’ and ‘Why?’

Nancy will focus on the gradual shift away from the colonial era’s meat-based breakfast — of which Australians were so proud — to the cold, packaged cereal norm of the later 20th century.

Dr Nancy Cushing is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Newcastle. In 2014 she was the Library’s Merewether Scholar. She has been writing and publishing on human–animal relations in Australia for several years.

This event is part of the Scholarly Musings series.

movie film

Thursday 4 June 2015, 12.00 PM

Movie: Free Movies on Macquarie: Citizen Kane

Orson Welles’ famous movie about the rise of a media baron. Often described as one of the most influential films ever made.
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Thursday 4 June 2015, 6.00 PM

Talk: Copyfight

We expect to be able to log on and read, watch or listen to anything, anywhere, anytime. Then copy it, share it, quote it, sample it, remix it. Does this leave writers, designers, film-makers, musicians, photographers, artists, and software and game developers with any rights at all?

Have we forgotten how to pay for content? Are big corporations and copyright lawyers the only ones making money? Or are we looking in the wrong direction as illegal downloading becomes the biggest industry of all and copyright violation a way of life?

Join Philippa McDonald, Linda Jaivin, Tim Sherrit and Imogen Banks as they discuss the changing and complex area of copyright.

website

Wednesday 10 June 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.

SRL verandah

Thursday 11 June 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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Sunday 14 June 2015, 2.00 PM

Movie: Documentaries of the Silent era: The Silent Enemy (1930)

TCM Jay Carr “The Silent Enemy (1930) not only seems influenced by Robert Flaherty's milestone docudrama, Nanook of the North (1922); it is in several important respects a companion piece to it, unfolding on much the same turf. While Nanook depicted the lives of Inuits living north of the ever-shifting tree line of Canada's Hudson Bay region, The Silent Enemy is a serious attempt to depict Ojibwa Indians living below that same line in Quebec and northern Ontario before their lives were forever changed by Caucasian incursions. Given the film's respect for their tribal life and ways, it's perhaps the first revisionist Western, before the genre veered off into depicting Native Americans as target practice for cowboys and colonizing armies. It is, in short, a major rediscovery.“

This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.

Photos1440

Tuesday 16 June 2015, 6.00 PM

Talk: Photos1440 – Photography talks

With Mags King, Managing Photo Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun Herald, and photographers Janie Barrett, Steven Siewert and Nic Walker.

In association with the Photos 1440 exhibition.

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Wednesday 17 June 2015, 6.00 PM

Talk: Real: Living a Balanced Life

Join Victoria Alexander as she talks about her latest book, Real: Living a Balanced Life. Alexander will explore the simplified and honest approach to life and living documented through the collection of photographs she took in 27 different countries.

In association with the Photos 1440 exhibition.

Friday 19 June 2015, 10.30 AM

Talk: Reliving the 60s

Remember miniskirts, flower children, anti-Vietnam War protests and the day of the moon landing? The swinging sixties heralded the start of women’s liberation, the conservation movement and a popular culture increasingly influenced by international trends. Come to reminisce or discover an era you missed out on!

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Tuesday 23 June 2015, 10.30 AM

Workshop: Preserving Your Family History: Photographs

A seminar dedicated to the long-term care of printed photographs. The emphasis will be on archival storage, with tips on what to use and where to find them.  Bring along one or two family photographs to discuss their care with a Library conservator.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

ebook

Thursday 25 June 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.

Turning Digital Image

Friday 26 June 2015, 10.00 AM

Talk: Turning Digital: delights, dangers & drama

Galleries, libraries, archives and museums (the GLAM sector) — locally and globally — are embracing the possibilities of the digital. This seminar will showcase the opportunities and challenges of turning our collections digital.

How can we collaborate more effectively and build online spaces that encourage research, engagement and creativity?

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.

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.

social media

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.

documents

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.

keyboard

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.

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.

website

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.

website

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.

SRL verandah

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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