Talks

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.

FOUR MISSIONARIES GIVING A SERVICE TO ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIANS

Tuesday 1 September 2015, 11.00 AM

Talk: Scholarly Musings - Old Photos Brought to Life: Methodist Overseas Mission in Arnhem Land

The Library holds the Methodist Church of Australasia, Department of Overseas Missions Pictorial Collection, an archive of images taken at missions overseas and in Australia between 1885 and 1938. Among the hundreds of black and white prints, one folder contains around 90 photographs taken at Milingimbi and Goulburn Island in Arnhem Land.

This event is part of the Scholarly Musings series.

REMEMBERING LIONSVILLE BOOK COVER

Wednesday 2 September 2015, 12.30 PM

Talk: Aboriginal Images and Stories for Children

We are celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day 2015 with a talk by Bundjalung artist and illustrator Bronwyn Bancroft. Bronwyn’s art is renowned for its colourful and powerful imagery. Her striking images have been used to illustrate more than 30 books for children.

Image of a Sydney Map

Wednesday 2 September 2015, 6.00 PM

Special event: Sydney Map Group: War maps

Bring along a map from your collection to share with the group. The Library will be displaying a selection of T.L. Mitchell's manuscript maps from the Peninsular War 1807- 1814 and a selection of maps from the American Civil War.
Geoffrey Robertson

Thursday 3 September 2015, 6.00 PM

Talk: Geoffrey Robertson QC (SOLD OUT)

The renowned Sydney-bred lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC explains how this iconic 800 year-old document – a copy of which is held by the State Library – has been re-interpreted and re-imagined to become a guarantee of liberty, and still carries a meaning for Australian governments today.

LIMBERS CARRYING UP AMMUNITION AT SUNSET

Friday 4 September 2015, 6.00 PM

Special event: Premiers History Awards & the launch of History Week 2015

Join us for a glittering evening as we announce the winners of the 2015 NSW Premiers' History Awards and officially launch the start of History Week 2015.

The NSW Premier’s History Awards were first presented in 1997 to honour distinguished achievement in history by Australians. They assist in establishing values and standards in historical research and publication, and encourage everyone to appreciate and learn from the work of our historians.

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).

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

Alive Inside Poster Image

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.

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.

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.
Anna Green Image

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.
Wanted Poster Image

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.

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.

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.

Students sitting in school grounds

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.

Book Cover Image for Before Rupert

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 DC Roberts explores the actions of the famous journalist during the First World War. Tom sheds new light on Keith’s machinations during the war including the propaganda campaigns to persuade Australian soldiers to vote for the re-election of Prime Minister Billy Hughes, and to approve the conscription of their compatriots to join them on the Western Front — a theatre of conflict that proved far deadlier than Gallipoli.

 

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.

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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