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.

social media

Wednesday 1 April 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.

A trip to the moon poster image

Saturday 4 April 2015, 11.00 AM

Movie: The Other Hollywoods: A trip to the Moon (France, 1902) & Au Bonheur des Dames (France, 1930)

The Festival and the State Library of NSW are proud to present over two days over Easter four wonderful films from The Other Hollywoods; France, China, Russia and Japan

This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.

The Goddess Shennu

Saturday 4 April 2015, 2.00 PM

Movie: The Other Hollywoods: The Goddess Shénnǚ (China, 1935)

“Ruan Ling-yu plays a prostitute who uses her earnings to support and educate her son. The title of the film was the Shanghai way of describing a woman who sells her body. The heroine is forced to enter the oldest of professions as it is the only way for her and her child to survive and to provide for his education.” Richard Meyer

This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.

Bed and Sofa Image

Monday 6 April 2015, 11.00 AM

Movie: The Other Hollywoods: Bed and Sofa Tretya meshchanskaya (Russia, 1927)

Bed and Sofa is a beautiful film that represents the fine and gentle aspect of Soviet cinema of the 1920s, focussing on individuals and relationships rather than causes, revolutions or social issues. It deserves a place alongside famous Soviet Avant Garde silent classics such as The End of St. Petersburg, Battleship Potemkin and Mother, to name a few.

This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.

I was Bornm But Image

Monday 6 April 2015, 2.00 PM

Movie: The Other Hollywoods:  I Was Born, But….. Umarete wa mita keredo (Japan, 1932)

This charming and delightful film by Yasujiro Ozu, one of Japan’s most highly esteemed directors, is a beautiful work of art that paints a story in very subtle tones and yet leaves a permanent impression on the viewer’s mind and soul.
I Was Born, But… is a family story seen from the viewpoint of two small boys who see the world through very different eyes. Ozu creates this perspective so effectively that viewers are amused as they are reminded of their own childhood. But playing hooky from school and faking exam results are no laughing matter for the parents who are struggling with problems the children cannot begin to fathom.

This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.

BILLBOARD POSTER (DETAIL), ANZAC COVES 1ST AUSTRALIAN

Tuesday 7 April 2015, 11.00 AM

Talk: Scholarly Musings: The Anzac Coves

Described by General Birdwood as a vital weapon in the war, and by war correspondent Charles Bean as ‘essential as the dry socks or the duck boards’, the Anzac Coves were first introduced on the Western Front in December 1916 to entertain the troops, eventually travelling to Buckingham Palace to entertain royalty. While it was their primary duty to raise morale, the Coves’ highly professional stagings also encouraged the formation of other official (and unofficial) groups throughout the AIF.

In this illustrated talk Robert Holden presents a new image of the Aussie Digger — those who exchanged their khakis for more fanciful attire — expanding stories told in his 32nd book, And The Band Played On.

This event is part of the Scholarly Musings series.

eresources

Thursday 9 April 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.

Film Reel

Thursday 9 April 2015, 12.00 PM

Movie: Free Movies on Macquarie: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

A detective gets involved in a dastardly plot to redevelop Toontown. In this story of adventure, action and romance, live action blends with animation to create a world where anything can happen!
Candice Fox image

Thursday 9 April 2015, 6.00 PM

Talk: Women in Crime

Crime fiction has been popular in Australia since colonial times and the roles women play in the genre have changed over time. More recently, crime fiction writers have worked to break the stereotypes, shifting from the traditional female role of victim to protagonist, from the seductress lawbreaker to law enforcer. Join our esteemed panel Candice Fox, P.M.Newton, Rachel Franks and Fenella Kernebone as they discuss the history of women in crime fiction.

In association with the Pulp Confidential exhibition.

Chang Image

Sunday 12 April 2015, 2.00 PM

Movie: Documentaries of the Silent era: Chang (1928)

Milestone Films: “Before they dreamed up that oversized ape, King Kong's creators filmed this magical story of a Thai family's struggle to survive the forces of nature.

CHANG is a revelation - not only is it the obvious prototype for Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack's later masterpiece, King Kong but it is a terrifically entertaining film in it own right!

Shot entirely in Siam, the film tells the story of a farmer and his family who have settled a small patch of land on the edge of the jungle. Their existence is a constant struggle against the many wild animals around them - bear, tigers, and even - changs! The climactic elephant stampede is still one of the most exciting scenes in cinema history.

This release features a brilliant score by Bangkok composer Bruce Gaston and performed by the world-famous orchestra Fong Naam.”

This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.

Art in a box

Monday 13 April 2015, 10.00 AM

Workshop: Art in a Box

Create your own mini gallery in this 2D and 3D art-making workshop! You will be drawing, painting and constructing your very own personalised box complete with a selection of your own art creations and a framed self-portrait photograph to take home.

This event is part of the Kids@the Library series.

Movie reel

Monday 13 April 2015, 1.00 PM

Movie: Babe (1998)

This fantastic family movie follows the story of Babe, a young pig who considers he could possibly be the greatest ‘sheep pig’ of all time!

This event is part of the Kids@the Library series.

sculpt your family tree

Tuesday 14 April 2015, 10.00 AM

Workshop: Sculpt your family tree

Children and their parents/grandparents are invited to join us for this special family event. Explore albums of old family photographs as we explore the extraordinary collections of the State Library that could help you trace your ancestors. Then work as a family group to create a 3D artwork representing your own family tree. 
Suitable for the whole family with children aged 5 years and over

This event is part of the Kids@the Library series.

Alasdair-McGregor-Book-Cover

Tuesday 14 April 2015, 12.30 PM

Talk: A Forger’s Progress: The Life of Francis Greenway

Australia’s first government architect, Francis Greenway, was well trained and confident in his own abilities and worth. He was also hot-headed and tactless. Sentenced to death for forgery, then granted a last-minute reprieve, Francis Greenway was transported to NSW in 1814. Within a single eventful decade, Greenway and Governor Lachlan Macquarie transformed Sydney from a ramshackle convict garrison into an elegant city. Award-winning author Alasdair McGregor will discuss Greenway’s landmark buildings, his meteoric rise and his complex and fraught relationship with Governor Macquarie.
design a bag

Wednesday 15 April 2015, 10.00 AM

Workshop: Design a Bag

Need a new bag to store and carry your precious library books? Design and decorate your own fabric bag with colour and pizazz using a variety of techniques. All materials provided.
Suitable for children 5 to 9 years old

This event is part of the Kids@the Library series.

ipad tour

Wednesday 15 April 2015, 1.00 PM

Workshop: Crazy collections iPad tour

Come on a ‘discovery tour’ of the historic Mitchell Library. Explore the surprising State Library collections, including items from the goldfields and jewellery made of hair! Using iPad apps, you’ll capture your favourites in a multimedia presentation and email this off to share with your family and friends.
Suitable for children 8 to 12 years

This event is part of the Kids@the Library series.

storytime

Thursday 16 April 2015, 10.30 AM

Workshop: Storytime at the Library

Join us for play and storytime in the Glasshouse Learning Space, followed by a fun art/craft activity. 
Suitable for preschoolers and their families

This event is part of the Kids@the Library series.

up late

Thursday 16 April 2015, 5.00 PM

Workshop: Up late at the Library! Hunt for Trim

Take a torchlight tour of the Mitchell Library, following the trail of Trim and other collection cats. Solve a mystery, create a clay animal to keep and finish the night with pizza. Please advise dietary requirements when booking.
Suitable for the whole family (with children aged 4 years and above)

This event is part of the Kids@the Library series.

Movie reel

Friday 17 April 2015, 10.00 AM

Movie: Babe (1998)

This fantastic family movie follows the story of Babe, a young pig who considers he could possibly be the greatest ‘sheep pig’ of all time!

This event is part of the Kids@the Library series.

Death of a fan dancer - cover

Friday 17 April 2015, 6.00 PM

Special event: Murder at the Library

There’s been a murder in the Library and we need your help to solve the crime! To celebrate our current exhibition, Pulp Confidential, we are hosting evenings of fun, food, mystery and murder! A cocktail party will be followed by an interactive murder mystery in the Mitchell Library and we need you to help us solve the crime.

In association with the Pulp Confidential exhibition.

A time for songs and poems poster image

Sunday 19 April 2015, 4.30 PM

Special event: Testament - Anthology of Romanian Verse

A TIME FOR SONGS AND POEMS - a musical literary-event,  celebrating the launch of Testament - Anthology of Romanian Verse (bilingual edition English & Romania)
Film Reel

Thursday 23 April 2015, 12.00 PM

Movie: Free Movies on Macquarie: The Pink Panther

An incompetent Sureté inspector is in Switzerland on the trail of a jewel thief called The Phantom.
Shakespeare Bust

Thursday 23 April 2015, 12.00 PM

Special event: Celebrating Shakespeare

We’re celebrating the birth of William Shakespeare 451 years ago by showcasing our rare First Folio titled Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies. Holding 36 of the Bard’s original plays, this valuable volume is the only known copy in Australia and will be on display alongside the Library’s copies of the Second, Third and Fourth Folios. Visitors can also speak to the Library’s rare books expert, Maggie Patton, who will share fascinating stories including the near loss of 18 of Shakespeare’s original plays and how the Library came to possess the First Folio.
Books

Thursday 23 April 2015, 12.00 PM

Special event: ANZAAB Pop Up Book Fair

In 1995, 23 April was chosen by UNESCO to pay a worldwide tribute to books and authors by creating World Book and Copyright Day. On 23 April 2015, antiquarian booksellers from around the world who are affiliated to the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) will put the ‘Rare’ into World Book Day and promote the antiquarian book trade’s great contribution to promoting and preserving a significant part of the world’s culture — rare books and print on paper. Member nations of ILAB will hold Pop Up Book Fairs in countries including Australia, Japan, Hungary, Germany, the UK and the USA. The fairs will also raise money to fight illiteracy throughout the world. The UNESCO program to fight illiteracy is the most powerful worldwide partner we could have.

World War 1 soldiers being fed by women prior to embarkation - Henty, NSW c.1916

Saturday 25 April 2015, 1.00 PM

Special event: Anzac Day Buffet

Drop in for a cup of tea and view items from the Library’s extensive First World War collections including accounts of the landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915. Library curators will be available for informal chats and will demonstrate the Library’s new transcription tool.
Rats of Tobruk Image

Saturday 25 April 2015, 2.00 PM

Movie: Rats of Tobruk (1944)

Umbrella Entertainment: “Following on the great tradition of Forty Thousand Horsemen, Charles Chauvel’s 1944 cinematic account of the Battle of Rommel is a tour de force of Australian filmmaking, telling the story of three courageous men who join the Australian Imperial Force at the beginning of the war.

This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.

Photo of David Wood

Monday 27 April 2015, 5.30 PM

Talk: Thinking Out Loud Lecture Series: Responsibility in the Age of Climate Change.

Climate change brings new significance to traditional philosophical questions – about reason, agency, responsibility, community, man’s place in Nature, and so on. The focus is shifting from imagining and promoting the Good Life (with business as usual the default position), to the survival of the species. The Thinking Out Loud lectures are co-organized by Philosophy@UWS, ABC Radio National, the State Library of NSW and Fordham University Press.
Photo of David Wood

Wednesday 29 April 2015, 6.00 PM

Talk: Thinking Out Loud: Responsibility in the Age of Climate Change.

Climate change brings new significance to traditional philosophical questions – about reason, agency, responsibility, community, man’s place in Nature, and so on. The focus is shifting from imagining and promoting the Good Life (with business as usual the default position), to the survival of the species. The Thinking Out Loud lectures are co-organized by Philosophy@UWS, ABC Radio National, the State Library of NSW and Fordham University Press. 
Program Image

Wednesday 29 April 2015, 7.00 PM

Special event: A Town Named War Boy (Preview Performance)

Based on the State Library’s jaw-dropping collection of First World War diaries, photographs and letters, A Town Named War Boy brings to life the personal accounts of the young men and women who set sail for the far side of the world. Their exploits are our history. Their sacrifices are the stories we grow up with: the Anzac legend. Some of these diaries and letters are finished, others just stop. When you read them you meet the person, see the changes in their handwriting, the indentation of the pen, the smudges of changed thoughts — and our recent past comes alive. Award-winning playwright Ross Mueller shows his extraordinary talent in this new Australian play that connects young men three generations apart.
Lachlan Macquarie - portrait, ca.1805-1824

Thursday 30 April 2015, 12.30 PM

Talk: 'The Governor’s Travels' - Crossing the Blue Mountains with Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie

In May this year we celebrate the 200th Macquarie crossing the Blue Mountains to proclaim the town of Bathurst. The Governor was constantly on the move – to the Cowpastures, the Illawarra, Lake George, Port Macquarie, Tasmania and Bathurst. Join Patrick Dodd, the Founder and President of The Macquarie Society, as he walks the original Cox’s Road from Mount York and across country to Glenroy Crossing where the first church service west of the mountains was held by The Governor on Sunday, 30th Anniversary of Governor and Mrs April 1815.
Pulp-The-Dolls-of-Death

Thursday 30 April 2015, 6.00 PM

Special event: Out of the Vaults: Collecting Pulp

Published in vast numbers, provocatively titled, luridly illustrated and available everywhere, pulps were literally throwaway literature — accessible to anyone with a sixpence. Traditionally linked to romance, crime and science fiction, these cheap reads covered every genre and subject for a mass audience. Due to NSW legal deposit legislation, there is a surprising array of local pulp publications in our collections. Come and hear the story behind their mid-century golden age.

In association with the Pulp Confidential exhibition.

Performance Image

Thursday 30 April 2015, 7.00 PM

Special event: A Town Named War Boy (Preview Performance)

Based on the State Library’s jaw-dropping collection of First World War diaries, photographs and letters, A Town Named War Boy brings to life the personal accounts of the young men and women who set sail for the far side of the world. Their exploits are our history. Their sacrifices are the stories we grow up with: the Anzac legend. Some of these diaries and letters are finished, others just stop. When you read them you meet the person, see the changes in their handwriting, the indentation of the pen, the smudges of changed thoughts — and our recent past comes alive. Award-winning playwright Ross Mueller shows his extraordinary talent in this new Australian play that connects young men three generations apart.
Captain Cook

Friday 1 May 2015, 11.00 AM

Talk: James Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific — Part 1

A three-part lecture series
Paul Brunton presents a three-part specialist lecture series about Cook's exploration of the Pacific. In three perilous voyages from 1768 to 1780 Cook opened up to the west the geography of the Pacific. An exotic world was revealed which excited the European imagination and Cook became an international superstar.

Photo of David Wood

Friday 1 May 2015, 6.00 PM

Talk: Thinking Out Loud Lecture Series: Responsibility in the Age of Climate Change.

Climate change brings new significance to traditional philosophical questions – about reason, agency, responsibility, community, man’s place in Nature, and so on. The focus is shifting from imagining and promoting the Good Life (with business as usual the default position), to the survival of the species. The Thinking Out Loud lectures are co-organized by Philosophy@UWS, ABC Radio National, the State Library of NSW and Fordham University Press. 
Performance Image

Friday 1 May 2015, 6.30 PM

Special event: A Town Named War Boy - exclusive Friends opening night and cocktail reception

Based on the State Library’s jaw-dropping collection of First World War diaries, photographs and letters, A Town Named War Boy brings to life the personal accounts of the young men and women who set sail for the far side of the world. Their exploits are our history. Their sacrifices are the stories we grow up with: the Anzac legend. Some of these diaries and letters are finished, others just stop. When you read them you meet the person, see the changes in their handwriting, the indentation of the pen, the smudges of changed thoughts — and our recent past comes alive. Award-winning playwright Ross Mueller shows his extraordinary talent in this new Australian play that connects young men three generations apart.
Performance Image

Saturday 2 May 2015, 7.00 PM

Special event: A Town Named War Boy

Based on the State Library’s jaw-dropping collection of First World War diaries, photographs and letters, A Town Named War Boy brings to life the personal accounts of the young men and women who set sail for the far side of the world. Their exploits are our history. Their sacrifices are the stories we grow up with: the Anzac legend. Some of these diaries and letters are finished, others just stop. When you read them you meet the person, see the changes in their handwriting, the indentation of the pen, the smudges of changed thoughts — and our recent past comes alive. Award-winning playwright Ross Mueller shows his extraordinary talent in this new Australian play that connects young men three generations apart.
Performance Image

Monday 4 May 2015, 7.00 PM

Special event: A Town Named War Boy

Based on the State Library’s jaw-dropping collection of First World War diaries, photographs and letters, A Town Named War Boy brings to life the personal accounts of the young men and women who set sail for the far side of the world. Their exploits are our history. Their sacrifices are the stories we grow up with: the Anzac legend. Some of these diaries and letters are finished, others just stop. When you read them you meet the person, see the changes in their handwriting, the indentation of the pen, the smudges of changed thoughts — and our recent past comes alive. Award-winning playwright Ross Mueller shows his extraordinary talent in this new Australian play that connects young men three generations apart.
EASTERN ‘ABORIGINAL DOORS’ (DETAIL), PUBLIC LIBRARY

Tuesday 5 May 2015, 11.00 AM

Talk: Scholarly Musings: Architecture, Decorations and Symbolism of the Mitchell Library

The completion of the Mitchell Library building and its many adornments was largely due to the drive and passion of William Ifould, Principal Librarian of the Public Library of NSW (1912–1942). Join art historian Graham Southwell on a glorious tour of the bronze doors — commissioned for the northern and southern facades of the Mitchell Wing to celebrate 40,000 years of Indigenous presence in Australia and 400 years of European discovery and settlement. An array of 15th and 16th century printers’ marks symbolise the invention of printing in Europe.

This event is part of the Scholarly Musings series.

Performance Image

Wednesday 6 May 2015, 11.30 AM

Special event: A Town Named War Boy

Based on the State Library’s jaw-dropping collection of First World War diaries, photographs and letters, A Town Named War Boy brings to life the personal accounts of the young men and women who set sail for the far side of the world. Their exploits are our history. Their sacrifices are the stories we grow up with: the Anzac legend. Some of these diaries and letters are finished, others just stop. When you read them you meet the person, see the changes in their handwriting, the indentation of the pen, the smudges of changed thoughts — and our recent past comes alive. Award-winning playwright Ross Mueller shows his extraordinary talent in this new Australian play that connects young men three generations apart.
Books

Wednesday 6 May 2015, 6.00 PM

Special event: The Book Stack: People’s Choice 2015

The evening will feature readings from the six titles shortlisted for the 2015 Christina Stead Prize for fiction. Whether you have read the books or not, this relaxed and convivial evening will explore and celebrate beautifully crafted works by some of Australia’s best writers.

This event is part of the The Book Stack series.

Performance Image

Wednesday 6 May 2015, 7.00 PM

Special event: A Town Named War Boy

Based on the State Library’s jaw-dropping collection of First World War diaries, photographs and letters, A Town Named War Boy brings to life the personal accounts of the young men and women who set sail for the far side of the world. Their exploits are our history. Their sacrifices are the stories we grow up with: the Anzac legend. Some of these diaries and letters are finished, others just stop. When you read them you meet the person, see the changes in their handwriting, the indentation of the pen, the smudges of changed thoughts — and our recent past comes alive. Award-winning playwright Ross Mueller shows his extraordinary talent in this new Australian play that connects young men three generations apart.
Magna Carta

Thursday 7 May 2015, 10.00 AM

Seminar: History’s Most Important Document?

Magna Carta Symposium

In 1215 the world’s most famous legal document was signed by King John on the banks of the Thames. To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing, the Library — in partnership with the NSW History Council — is holding a one-day symposium. A panel of respected speakers will discuss the Magna Carta with a focus on the historical and contemporary significance of this ground-breaking document.
The Library’s copy of the 1297 Magna Carta statute will be on display.

State Library

Thursday 7 May 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

Thursday 7 May 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.

Performance Image

Thursday 7 May 2015, 7.00 PM

Special event: A Town Named War Boy

Based on the State Library’s jaw-dropping collection of First World War diaries, photographs and letters, A Town Named War Boy brings to life the personal accounts of the young men and women who set sail for the far side of the world. Their exploits are our history. Their sacrifices are the stories we grow up with: the Anzac legend. Some of these diaries and letters are finished, others just stop. When you read them you meet the person, see the changes in their handwriting, the indentation of the pen, the smudges of changed thoughts — and our recent past comes alive. Award-winning playwright Ross Mueller shows his extraordinary talent in this new Australian play that connects young men three generations apart.
Captain Cook

Friday 8 May 2015, 11.00 AM

Talk: James Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific — Part 2

A three-part lecture series
Paul Brunton presents a three-part specialist lecture series about Cook's exploration of the Pacific. In three perilous voyages from 1768 to 1780 Cook opened up to the west the geography of the Pacific. An exotic world was revealed which excited the European imagination and Cook became an international superstar.

Performance Image

Friday 8 May 2015, 11.30 AM

Special event: A Town Named War Boy

Based on the State Library’s jaw-dropping collection of First World War diaries, photographs and letters, A Town Named War Boy brings to life the personal accounts of the young men and women who set sail for the far side of the world. Their exploits are our history. Their sacrifices are the stories we grow up with: the Anzac legend. Some of these diaries and letters are finished, others just stop. When you read them you meet the person, see the changes in their handwriting, the indentation of the pen, the smudges of changed thoughts — and our recent past comes alive. Award-winning playwright Ross Mueller shows his extraordinary talent in this new Australian play that connects young men three generations apart.
Performance Image

Friday 8 May 2015, 7.00 PM

Special event: A Town Named War Boy

Based on the State Library’s jaw-dropping collection of First World War diaries, photographs and letters, A Town Named War Boy brings to life the personal accounts of the young men and women who set sail for the far side of the world. Their exploits are our history. Their sacrifices are the stories we grow up with: the Anzac legend. Some of these diaries and letters are finished, others just stop. When you read them you meet the person, see the changes in their handwriting, the indentation of the pen, the smudges of changed thoughts — and our recent past comes alive. Award-winning playwright Ross Mueller shows his extraordinary talent in this new Australian play that connects young men three generations apart.
Performance Image

Saturday 9 May 2015, 7.00 PM

Special event: A Town Named War Boy

Based on the State Library’s jaw-dropping collection of First World War diaries, photographs and letters, A Town Named War Boy brings to life the personal accounts of the young men and women who set sail for the far side of the world. Their exploits are our history. Their sacrifices are the stories we grow up with: the Anzac legend. Some of these diaries and letters are finished, others just stop. When you read them you meet the person, see the changes in their handwriting, the indentation of the pen, the smudges of changed thoughts — and our recent past comes alive. Award-winning playwright Ross Mueller shows his extraordinary talent in this new Australian play that connects young men three generations apart.
Legong Poster

Sunday 10 May 2015, 2.00 PM

Movie: Documentaries of the Silent era: Legong: Dance of the Virgins (1935)

Milestone Films “Legong: Dance of the Virgins was filmed entirely on location in Bali in 1935 by the Marquis Henry de la Falaise, World War I hero, the ex-husband of movie star Gloria Swanson and the current spouse of screen siren Constance Bennett. The film is a tragic tale of love denied — Poutou, a respected Legong dancer, falls in love with young musician, Nyoung. Her father is delighted with Poutou's choice and wants to help her to conquer Nyoung's heart. But Poutou's half-sister Saplak wants pines for the musician. When Nyoung chooses Saplak, Poutou drowns herself. 

Legong's real theme is much more than mere melodrama — it is the delineation of Balinese culture. de la Falaise captured religious rituals including frenetic dances and mystical parades, everyday dealings at the local marketplace, a cockfight (which was cut out of the British version) and, in the final scene, a mass cremation.

Small details chronicling the life of the villagers make Legong an absorbing and mesmerizing quasi-documentary in gorgeous Two-Color Technicolor!”

This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.

trove logo

Wednesday 13 May 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.

Friday 15 May 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.

Captain Cook

Friday 15 May 2015, 11.00 AM

Talk: James Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific — Part 3

A three-part lecture series
Paul Brunton presents a three-part specialist lecture series about Cook's exploration of the Pacific. In three perilous voyages from 1768 to 1780 Cook opened up to the west the geography of the Pacific. An exotic world was revealed which excited the European imagination and Cook became an international superstar.

2015 NSW PLA

Monday 18 May 2015, 6.00 PM

Special event: 2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards: Presentation And Cocktail Reception

A glittering presentation and cocktail reception, to celebrate excellence in Australian writing, will be held on the first night of the Sydney Writers’ Festival.
Caroline Overington image

Tuesday 19 May 2015, 12.30 PM

Talk: Last Woman Hanged

Sydney, 1889: Louisa Collins is hanged for her crimes after an extraordinary four trials. Was she a callous killer or the victim of a perfect colonial-age storm of political pressure, men's fear and the push for greater women’s equality? Louisa’s sensational story is brought to life in Last Woman Hanged by Caroline Overington.

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

A COO-EE FROM AUSTRALIA

Wednesday 20 May 2015, 6.00 PM

Talk: Letters from Home

Come and hear some of Australia’s leading writers as they read their responses to our amazing collection of First World War letters
Tom Keneally image

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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