Join us for an exciting program of talks and seminars on literary, historical and contemporary issues, together with presentations about, and showings of, the Library's rich collections.

You can also listen to selected talks online.

photographer Phillip Morris

Saturday 5 December 2015, 2.00 PM

Talk: Solid Gold

Author, Jeff Apter and photographer, Phillip Morris reflect on the 1960s and 70s ‘golden era’ of Australian rock. Join them as they discuss their experiences and most recent publications, Tragedy: The Sad Ballad of the Gibb Brothers and It’s a Long Way: from ACCA-DACCA to Zappa.

In association with the What a Life! Rock photography by Tony Mott exhibition.

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.

two people sitting and working at a table

Thursday 10 December 2015, 6.00 PM

Talk: Targeting the tax breaks for superannuation

The numbers for superannuation tax breaks are dizzying. They cost the Commonwealth budget somewhere between $20 billion and $30 billion a year depending on how you count them. Grattan Institute’s work in Balancing Budgets suggested specific reforms that could save up to $8 billion a year. A forthcoming Grattan Institute publication will work through the options in detail.

In this Forward Thinking event at the State Library of NSW, Danielle Wood and Brendan Coates from Grattan Institute will discuss the issues with Joanna Mather, who covers tax and superannuation for the Australian Financial Review. What is the purpose of superannuation tax breaks? What criteria should be used in analysing competing proposals for change? What changes would minimise the economic impacts, improve budget balances, be fair, and remain administratively workable?

Cartoon of man reading books behind a desk

Saturday 30 January 2016, 2.00 PM

Talk: What can books tell us?

The value of books is often measured by their contents: the words, ideas, or knowledge that they hold and communicate to us. This lecture will highlight the importance of the cultural and historic value of books as objects, and not just as texts, at a time when more and more of the texts are available online; will we still need the books, in a digital future?

This event is part of the 11th Australasian Rare Books Summer School series.

book covers showing different bindings

Thursday 4 February 2016, 6.00 PM

Talk: Books as Carriers of Relationships

We tend to think initially of books as carriers of ideas, but books were made by people for people, and they carry evidence of those relationships as well.  The focus will be on books as the objects that carry the evidence of relationships, with discussion toward the dangers that digitalization poses for recovering this kind of information.

This event is part of the 11th Australasian Rare Books Summer School series.

Pile of books

Saturday 6 February 2016, 2.00 PM

Talk: ST Gill and his audiences

The Anglo-Australian colonial artist, ST Gill (1818-1880), arrived in Adelaide shortly before Christmas in 1839 and spent his first twelve years in South Australia before travelling to Victoria early in 1852. In this illustrated lecture we will examine Gill’s life and a detailed examination of his oeuvre, which suggests quite a different construct to Gill’s biography from that which has been popularly accepted to date.

This event is part of the 11th Australasian Rare Books Summer School series.

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