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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Sunday 6 September 2015, 2.00 PM

Movie: Film Noir Tribute: The Big Sleep

Film Noir Tribute: The Big Sleep
Chapel Distribution (1946) 110 minutes

Bookings are taken by Australia's Silent Film Festival directly;

Phone: 0419 267 318
www.ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au

This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.

ANZAC DAY SERVICE, KING EDWARD PARK, 1955

Tuesday 8 September 2015, 9.00 AM

Seminar: Public and Popular Histories of ANZAC

When his film Gallipoli was released in 1981, director Peter Weir claimed that his ‘was the last generation where the battle was taught as sacred. Today, kids think of ANZAC as a joke.’

This symposium will examine the many ways that popular culture and everyday Australians’ sense of the past have shaped the meaning of Anzac. Speakers include Dr Anna Clark and Dr Carolyn Holbrook, followed by a panel discussion with those who have grappled with the challenges of depicting Anzac on screen, including screenwriters Christopher Lee (Gallipoli), Andrew Anastasios (The Water Diviner) and producer Lisa Scott (Anzac Girls).

Stories in surprising places

Wednesday 9 September 2015, 10.30 AM

Tour: Stories in Surprising Places

Join us for storytime fun at the BIG Library! You wll explore our amazing building, discover wonderful books, make craft and enjoy the magic of shared stories.

This event is part of the Kids@the Library 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.

Julie Paterson

Saturday 12 September 2015, 10.00 AM

Workshop: Inspiration by Design: Designer Workshop

Break out your sketchbooks, grab your pencils and unleash your creativity in this hands on workshop let by our Designer in Residence Julie Paterson.

In association with the Australian Inspiration exhibition.

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Sunday 13 September 2015, 2.00 PM

Movie: Film Noir Tribute: Out of the Past

Film Noir Tribute: Out of the Past
Chapel Distribution (1947) 97 minutes

Bookings are taken by Australia's Silent Film Festival directly;

Phone: 0419 267 318
www.ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au

This event is part of the Silent Film Festival 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.

Stories in surprising places

Wednesday 16 September 2015, 10.30 AM

Tour: Stories in Surprising Places

Join us for storytime fun at the BIG Library! You wll explore our amazing building, discover wonderful books, make craft and enjoy the magic of shared stories.

This event is part of the Kids@the Library 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.

THE MONKEY OR BEAR OF NEW SOUTH WALES

Wednesday 16 September 2015, 12.00 PM

Tour: Australian Inspiration

Join curator Sarah Morley for a curator led talk about Australian Inspiration. Sarah will discuss the Library’s history of collecting design and objects in her display.

In association with the Australian Inspiration exhibition.

Sydney Harbour Bridge at twilight

Thursday 17 September 2015, 6.00 PM

Talk: Cities of Light: Photography, Modernity and Artificial Illumination

Melissa Miles comes to the Library to discuss how photographers from the early to mid twentieth century harnessed the creative potential of darkness and electric light and architecture to represent Australian cities as places of wonder. Illuminated cities became compelling sites for photographic imagination, as photographers responded to much-anticipated urban change.
Geraldine Doogue

Friday 18 September 2015, 12.00 PM

Special event: Friends Literary Lunch

Join Australia's iconic media celebrities Jennifer Byrne and Geraldine Doogue for a fabulous Literary Lunch at the Sofitel Wentworth Hotel.
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Sunday 20 September 2015, 2.00 PM

Movie: Film Noir Tribute: The Lady from Shanghai

Film Noir Tribute: The Lady from Shanghai
Park Circus (1947) 88 minutes

Bookings are taken by Australia's Silent Film Festival directly;

Phone: 0419 267 318
www.ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au

This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.

Monday 21 September 2015, 11.00 AM

Tour: Kids Tours

Have you wondered what the State Library is all about and why you should bring your family here? This is the tour for you!

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

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Tuesday 22 September 2015, 5.30 PM

Talk: Still free, compulsory and secular?

In posing the question ‘Will Australians rediscover the original ideals ... of public education?’ former High Court Judge Michael Kirby AC has suggested that we require a ‘revival of the optimism of the movement that created Australia's public school system in the first place’.

Join Lila Mularczyk, President of the NSW Secondary Principals’ Association and Principal of Merrylands High School, and Professor Geoffrey Sherington, former Dean of the University of Sydney Faculty of Education (1997–2003), as they discuss emerging issues in Australia’s education system.

JAN ZIELONKA

Wednesday 23 September 2015, 6.00 PM

Talk: Can the European Union Defend Ukraine

The EU is a largely civilian power promoting universal norms in its vast neighbourhood and  beyond. With no army and no clearly defined centre of authority, it seems to be struggling to  respond to the Russian-backed rebellion in Ukraine. Can the EU defend Ukraine? Jan Zielonka,  Oxford University professor and author of Is the EU Doomed? delivers this timely lecture.

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Thursday 24 September 2015, 12.00 PM

Movie: Free Movies on Macquarie: Dead Poets Society

After a charismatic English teacher arrives at a strict boys school his unconventional teaching methods breathe new life into a curriculum steeped in tradition. With his wit and wisdom, Keating inspires his students to pursue individual passions and make their lives extraordinary!
LES CHOSES DE PAUL POIRET (DETAIL), 1911

Thursday 24 September 2015, 6.00 PM

Special event: Out of the Vaults: Word and Image

Join us an evening of design delight, as we examine closely, art and design through some of the world’s finest book art. Complementing and extending the items on display in the Victoria and Albert exhibition Inspiration by Design and our very own Australian Inspiration. Join curator, Sarah Morley as we get up close and personal with these beautiful treasures.

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

In association with the Australian Inspiration exhibition.

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Saturday 26 September 2015, 2.00 PM

Talk: Alive Inside

September is Dementia Awareness Month and this heart-warming documentary about the power of music therapy will bring hope to carers, families and the growing numbers of Australians affected by Alzhiemer’s and related conditions.

Tuesday 29 September 2015, 10.00 AM

Workshop: Caravan Extravaganza

Design and create a mobile home using cardboard, tape and scissors and your own home-grown ideas and ingenuity.  Bring along a snack for a half-time story and then delve into the world of caravan interiors to give your creation an individual finish.

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

Movie

Wednesday 30 September 2015, 9.00 AM

Movie: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

A down-on-his-luck inventor, Caractacus Potts, turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children Jeremy and Jemima, and calls it Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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

Thursday 1 October 2015, 5.00 PM

Tour: Ghost Tour 1 October 2015

Check out the haunts and hiding places of the fabulous State Library and find out a few facts (and fictions!) of the long gone people behind the collections.

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

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Sunday 4 October 2015, 2.00 PM

Movie: YPRES: SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS 1914–1915

Walking the Battlefields 
YPRES: SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS 1914–1915

Bookings are taken by Australia's Silent Film Festival directly;

Phone: 0419 267 318
www.ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au

This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.

SHERETTE DEMONSTRATES 'PROJECTOGRAPHIC'

Tuesday 6 October 2015, 11.00 AM

Talk: Scholarly Musings - Switched On Audiences: Australian Listeners and Viewers

Join Bridget Griffen-Foley as she turns the scholarly lens from radio and television programs and production to listeners and viewers. Drawing on diaries, complaints, regulatory records, radio and television periodicals, letters and fan mail, she will illuminate some of the ways in which Australians have engaged with ABC and commercial radio and TV since the 1920s.

This event is part of the Scholarly Musings 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.

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Thursday 8 October 2015, 12.00 PM

Movie: Free Movies on Macquarie: Cool Cats - 25 years of rock 'n roll style

Looks at the last 25 years of modern music with original footage and interviews with artists.
Gemma Black

Thursday 8 October 2015, 6.00 PM

Talk: The place of calligraphy and the lettering arts in a contemporary world

With the advance of the technological age people the world over continue to turn their hearts, minds and hands to the visual and seductive power of pen and ink. The abstract nature of writing has for centuries been one of mankind’s major methods of communication and artistic endeavors. The hand written words in all forms of construction and arrangement, continue to be both useful and beautiful. This lecture will explore why this is so.

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.

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Sunday 11 October 2015, 2.00 PM

Movie: YPRES: THE IMMORTAL SALIENT 1917–1918

Walking the Battlefields 
YPRES: THE IMMORTAL SALIENT 1917–1918

Bookings are taken by Australia's Silent Film Festival directly;

Phone: 0419 267 318
www.ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au

This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.

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Thursday 15 October 2015, 5.30 PM

Talk: Memories in the family? Intergenerational oral history practice and challenges

Anna Green has recorded interviews across three generations, speaking with at least one family member in each generation. She will talk about how she found the families, the stories they told, and why she thinks this aspect of remembering is important.
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Thursday 15 October 2015, 6.00 PM

Special event: Out of the Vaults - Crime: Tales Tall and True

This event will highlight an amazing array of items from the Library's collection that document the stories of crimes committed, while showcasing an extensive range of crime fiction. From the grisly confession of a cannibal to a poster offering a reward for one of our most infamous bushrangers; from the first novel to be published in Australia to our first international bestseller. Come and hear crime specialist Rachel Franks talk about crime in the Library.

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

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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.

Susannah Fullerton

Monday 19 October 2015, 11.00 AM

Talk: THE ENGLISH LOVE STORY IN THE 20TH CENTURY; THE SHEIK 

Join us for a fabulous three-part lecture series from renowned literary speaker Susannah Fullerton. Readers have always loved a romance, but only in the 20th century were publishers able to satisfy that demand with mass-produced fiction. This series examines the changes in popular love stories during the century.

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.

Susannah Fullerton

Monday 26 October 2015, 11.00 AM

Talk: THE ENGLISH LOVE STORY IN THE 20TH CENTURY; MILLS & BOON 

Join us for a fabulous three-part lecture series from renowned literary speaker Susannah Fullerton. Readers have always loved a romance, but only in the 20th century were publishers able to satisfy that demand with mass-produced fiction. This series examines the changes in popular love stories during the century.

Jane Caro

Wednesday 28 October 2015, 12.30 PM

Talk: Plain Speaking Jane

Join author, novelist, lecturer, mentor, social commentator, columnist, workshop facilitator, speaker, broadcaster and award winning advertising writer Jane Caro to discuss her fearless and frank new memoir Plain-speaking Jane
Susannah Fullerton

Monday 2 November 2015, 11.00 AM

Talk: THE ENGLISH LOVE STORY IN THE 20TH CENTURY; Georgette Heyer

Join us for a fabulous three-part lecture series from renowned literary speaker Susannah Fullerton. Readers have always loved a romance, but only in the 20th century were publishers able to satisfy that demand with mass-produced fiction. This series examines the changes in popular love stories during the century.

Betsy and the Balcombes book cover

Tuesday 3 November 2015, 11.00 AM

Talk: Scholarly Musings: The Balcombes in Australia

After Napoleon (1769–1821) was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, he was sent into exile on Saint Helena. He became an ‘eagle in a cage’, reduced from the most powerful figure in Europe to a prisoner on a rock in the South Atlantic. But the fallen emperor was charmed by Betsy Balcombe, the pretty teenage daughter of a local merchant.

This event is part of the Scholarly Musings series.

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Wednesday 4 November 2015, 12.30 PM

Talk: Troopship newsletters 1914–1919

How did the men and women travelling between Australia and the war zones of the First World War write about their experiences? What stories, poems, jokes and sketches did they publish in the voyage newsletters?

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Saturday 7 November 2015, 2.00 PM

Talk: Imagine a city...

Join author and curator Charles Pickett and Australian comedian, radio host and television presenter Tim Ross as they discuss the Library’s upcoming exhibition Imagine a City … 200 Years of Public Architecture, which opens in February 2016.

They will talk about the role played by public buildings in our lives through the extraordinary legacy of the NSW Government Architect’s Office. Operating since the early years of settlement, it is responsible for many of the state’s most celebrated and most notorious buildings.

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.

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Wednesday 11 November 2015, 6.00 PM

Talk: Keith Murdoch: Beyond Gallipoli

Sharing insights from his new book, Before Rupert: Keith Murdoch and the Birth of a Dynasty, media historian Tom D C Roberts explores the actions of the famous journalist during World War I. Popular culture may portray Keith as the plucky colonial who evaded the censor and so halted a disastrous campaign but Tom argues the ‘Gallipoli letter’ helped propel him to the very heart of the new Establishment where press and politics met.

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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.

Book cover of The Promise

Tuesday 17 November 2015, 12.30 PM

Talk: Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: The Promise

Jamie Zimmerman joined the Australian Army where he met his best mate, Brett Wood. The two trained and fought together in Afghanistan and Iraq. Brett served as best man at Jamie’s wedding, as did Jamie at Brett’s wedding.

When Brett was killed by an IED blast in Afghanistan in 2011, Jamie promised to protect Brett’s wife and help her through her loss, despite the enormous personal toll. He found himself fighting a new war for widows and children left behind by battlefield fatalities and set himself a quest – to raise funds in the names of the fallen – which had spectacular and heart-warming results.

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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.

COVER, THE ‘DAILY TELEGRAPH’ WAR CARTOONS

Thursday 19 November 2015, 6.00 PM

Special event: Out of the Vaults: Cartoons from the Collection

Cartoonists are satirists, reflecting and exposing public attitudes, prejudices and political power games. Humorous and irreverent, cartoons are important sources of social history and can reflect how we see ourselves. Australia has a strong and spirited cartooning heritage where one simple image can cut a powerful figure down to size.

This event is part of the Out of the Vaults 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.

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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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