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.

Charlie Chaplin

Sunday 1 February 2015, 2.00 PM

Movie: Silent Film Festival - Charlie Chaplin comedy shorts

To commemorate the 101st anniversary of the first public release of a Charlie Chaplin film the State Library NSW and the Festival are proud to present Australian premieres of restored and acclaimed comedy shorts from the Tramp’s  time at the Essanay Studio in 1915, all with live music.  

This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.

Tuesday 3 February 2015, 11.00 AM

Talk: Scholarly Musings: Luck of the Irish

The luck of the Irish can be chronically bad, and that’s how it looked when the transport Hive sank off the NSW coast in 1835 with 250 Irish convicts on board. Their luck turned, however, and all survived only to land in a penal colony where the rule of the lash and the chain gang was still at its height. As the first European minority in Australia, we often assume the Irish faced discrimination, poverty and sectarianism from the outset. Yet many found the colony a place of unexpected opportunity where they helped create ‘the Australian way of life’. Join Babette Smith as she discusses the story behind her latest book, The Luck of the Irish.

This event is part of the Scholarly Musings series.

Image: Film Reel

Thursday 5 February 2015, 12.00 PM

Movie: Movies on Macquarie: Film Noir

This documentary explores the creative development of film-making. A look at film noir, tracing its roots in German Expressionism and its disturbing sense of corruption and decay.
Photo by Hurley 1917

Tuesday 10 February 2015, 12.30 PM

Talk: The Importance of Animals in the Australian Imperial Force During WWI with Nathan Wise

The bulk of daily work for both the men of the Australian Light Horse and the Imperial Camel Corps revolved around their mounts. Care for those animals involved a range of daily tasks such as watering, feeding and grooming. The animals provided men with mobility, fulfilling this requirement often to the point of collapsing with exhaustion. This paper will draw upon soldiers’ diaries and letters held in the State Library to explore the nature and treatment of animals during the First World War.
State Library

Thursday 12 February 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.

Cover, 'Startling Comics', C.1942 A Frank Johnson Publication, Sydney

Thursday 12 February 2015, 6.00 PM

Talk: Curator Talk with Peter Doyle

Pulp Confidential curator Peter Doyle will talk about the quick and dirty publishing world inhabited by Sydney publisher Frank Johnson in the 1940s and 50s. Peter will talk about Johnson’s papers, an exceptionally rich collection of classic early ‘pulp’ art. He will also discuss the world of Frank Johnson Publications, its artists and authors.

Erotica

Thursday 12 February 2015, 6.00 PM

Special event: Out of The Vaults: Erotica

Back by popular demand! Many libraries collect erotic literature, few have collections of erotic literature and art dating back to the 15th century. The Library’s small collection of erotica is founded on the private collections of David Scott Mitchell and Sir William Dixson. The collection includes humorous novels and poetry, Japanese Shunga, Victorian postcards, drawings and ephemera. At this special adults only event we will truly be bringing the collection ‘out of the vaults’.

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

Grattan Logo

Wednesday 18 February 2015, 6.00 PM

Talk: Forward Thinking: The Murray Inquiry and Superannuation

A forthcoming Grattan report argues that the superannuation industry needs to become more efficient. There is much to be done to get a better deal for account holders: merge inefficient funds, close excess accounts, reduce complexity, and shift to lower cost investment management. Join an expert panel for a discussion on superannuation and the FSI.

Image: Film Reel

Thursday 19 February 2015, 12.00 PM

Movie: Movies on Macquarie: The Maltese Falcon

Thursday 19 February
A noir classic starring Humphrey Bogart as a private detective who takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

documents

Tuesday 24 February 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.

Walkley Talks Logo

Thursday 26 February 2015, 6.00 PM

Talk: Walkley Media Talks - Jail for Journalism: Truth-Telling and The First Casualties Of War

In the wake of new terror laws in Australia, journalists and whistleblowers now face up to 10 years jail for reporting on sensitive areas of national security. The first Walkley Media Talk of 2015 will examine what the jailing of journalists for reporting the truth will mean for Australian journalism and democracy. What does it mean to report ‘in the national interest’? Is it the duty of journalists to toe the government’s national security line, or is it more important than ever to dig up the truth? How does the fourth estate decide which information is important enough to make public, and which to avoid airing? How do journalists weigh up the consequences of whistleblowing — personally, professionally and for the public?

This event is part of the Walkley Media Talks series.

Royal visit photo

Thursday 5 March 2015, 10.30 AM

Talk: Reliving the 50s

The 1950s was a decade of recovery, celebration and renewal. Highlighting the extraordinary range of our Library collections, please join us to step back in time to this significant era where we will look at such themes as immigration, the Royal Visit, Olympic Games, political events and changing popular culture.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Tuesday 10 March 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.

SRL verandah

Thursday 12 March 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.

website

Thursday 12 March 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.

Death of a fan dancer cover

Friday 13 March 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.

ebook

Thursday 19 March 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.

Lawnmower

Friday 20 March 2015, 10.30 AM

Special event: NSW Seniors' Week Special Event: The Story of Gardening in NSW

The garden has long been an essential part of the Australian home - the treasured outside room! Join us as we explore the changing styles in gardens and garden design since the early days of the Colony. We will show you how to locate garden related materials in the Library's collection and also provide an opportunity to view some of the books, photographs, drawings, old seed and plant catalogues, and other items which illustrate the colourful story of gardening in NSW.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

keyboard

Tuesday 24 March 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.

letter

Thursday 26 March 2015, 10.30 AM

Workshop: Preserving Your Family History: Letters & Diaries

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

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

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.

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.

Death of a fan dancer - cover

Friday 10 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.

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.
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.

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.

social networking

Tuesday 19 May 2015, 10.30 AM

Course: Social Networking for Beginners

Communicate with friends and family and make new contacts using two of the most popular social networking sites on the web: Facebook and Twitter. Set up a Facebook page and a Twitter account. You will need an email account before attending the course. Basic computing skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

social networking

Tuesday 25 August 2015, 10.30 AM

Course: Social Networking for Beginners

Communicate with friends and family and make new contacts using two of the most popular social networking sites on the web: Facebook and Twitter. Set up a Facebook page and a Twitter account. You will need an email account before attending the course. Basic computing skills are required.

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.

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.

trove logo

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.

sandstone building image

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.

camera

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.

social networking

Thursday 3 December 2015, 10.30 AM

Course: Social Networking for Beginners

Communicate with friends and family and make new contacts using two of the most popular social networking sites on the web: Facebook and Twitter. Set up a Facebook page and a Twitter account. You will need an email account before attending the course. Basic computing skills are required.

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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