What's On

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Today Sunday 22nd October, 2017

Nikon-Walkley Photojournalism

Friday 13 October 2017 to Sunday 26 November 2017

Celebrate  great Australian journalism, telling the stories of our nation and strengthening our democracy.

What goes pop!

Saturday 2 September 2017 to Sunday 25 February 2018

A whistle-stop tour through some of the most important cultural changes of the 20th century.

Satire in the time of war, 1914-1918 (On tour in NSW)

Saturday 21 January 2017 to Friday 1 December 2017

Moree Library
21 October-2 November 2017

Australian Inspiration (On tour in NSW)

Saturday 21 January 2017 to Thursday 28 June 2018

Lithgow Library
21 October-2 November 2017

May Gibbs: celebrating 100 years (On tour in NSW)

Saturday 19 August 2017 to Thursday 16 May 2019

Maitland & Carrathool Libraries
21 October-2 November 2017

What A Life! Rock Photography by Tony Mott (On tour in NSW)

Saturday 11 June 2016 to Sunday 30 December 2018

Glasshouse, Port Macquarie
9 Februrary-1 April 2018

Tomorrow Monday 23rd October, 2017

Nikon-Walkley Photojournalism

Friday 13 October 2017 to Sunday 26 November 2017

Celebrate  great Australian journalism, telling the stories of our nation and strengthening our democracy.

What goes pop!

Saturday 2 September 2017 to Sunday 25 February 2018

A whistle-stop tour through some of the most important cultural changes of the 20th century.

Satire in the time of war, 1914-1918 (On tour in NSW)

Saturday 21 January 2017 to Friday 1 December 2017

Moree Library
21 October-2 November 2017

Australian Inspiration (On tour in NSW)

Saturday 21 January 2017 to Thursday 28 June 2018

Lithgow Library
21 October-2 November 2017

May Gibbs: celebrating 100 years (On tour in NSW)

Saturday 19 August 2017 to Thursday 16 May 2019

Maitland & Carrathool Libraries
21 October-2 November 2017

What A Life! Rock Photography by Tony Mott (On tour in NSW)

Saturday 11 June 2016 to Sunday 30 December 2018

Glasshouse, Port Macquarie
9 Februrary-1 April 2018

Upcoming

Silents in the Library: The Phantom of the Opera

Sunday 12 November 2017 - 2pm to 3:45pm

A forerunner of the American horror film, and one of the most lavish productions of the silent cinema, The Phantom of the Opera (1925) is a mesmerizing blend of romance and mystery.

Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: Where Australia Collides with Asia

Wednesday 15 November 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Ian Burnet returns to the Library to deliver a Bitesize lunchtime talk on his latest book, Where Australia Collides with Asia. Ian will discuss Alfred Russel Wallace’s discovery of the biogeographical boundary between the fauna of Asia and Australasia when he crossed the narrow strait between Bali and Lombok. 

Curator’s Choice: The Birds

Wednesday 15 November 2017 - 6pm to 7:30pm

Curator Elise Edmonds will talk about and show examples of the Library’s beautiful bird illustrations from the early 19th century through to recent acquisitions of artworks produced by contemporary artists.

Sydney PEN: Day of the Imprisoned Writer

Wednesday 15 November 2017 - 6pm to 8pm

On this year’s Day of The Imprisoned Writer, award-winning cartoonist Cathy Wilcox will turn her attention to those less-common practitioners of freedom of expression: cartoonists.

Cathy Wilcox will speak of specific examples of cartoonists and artists whose freedom is currently threatened, their value as an indicator for the health of democracy, and of the range of views on what they should be “allowed” to say.

Medical Sydney

Thursday 16 November 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Take a medical history tour of Sydney from the First Fleet to the beginnings of the twentieth century.

Silents in the Library: Chicago

Sunday 19 November 2017 - 2pm to 4pm

Like the musical Chicago that won the Best Picture Academy Award and five other Oscars in 2002, this original 1927 version is a terrifically entertaining mix of humour and melodrama.

Bitesize Curator Talk: Lasting the Distance

Wednesday 22 November 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Using examples from library collections and private archives, this talk will demonstrate how the tangible evidence of long distance love has changed over the past 130 years from handwritten letters and carte-de-visite portraits to the email, SMS and video-calls of the digital era. 

Medical Sydney

Thursday 23 November 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Take a medical history tour of Sydney from the First Fleet to the beginnings of the twentieth century.

Past All previous events

Author talk: Slow with Brooke McAlary

Saturday 21 October 2017 - 2pm to 3pm

In her new book Slow Brooke gently encourages you to find pleasure and value in a simpler life, sharing the practical tips and rituals that have helped her on her own journey, from decluttering to de-owning, messiness to mindfulness, from asking why to asking where to now?

Reading Lounge: Book Club for Friends of the Library

Friday 20 October 2017 - 3pm to 4pm

Book Club for Friends of the Library.

Inaugural Coral Thomas Fellowship Lecture

Thursday 19 October 2017 - 5:30pm to 7pm

In the early 1830s, surveyor John Helder Wedge collected early south-eastern Aboriginal wooden artefacts from Tasmania and Victoria, now housed in the Saffron Walden Museum in Essex. It has been suggested that Wedge sought the artefacts out of a rare ‘humanitarian’ interest in the Indigenous people. Rebe Taylor, Coral Thomas Fellow, will deliver the inaugural lecture on her recent findings.

eResources for Researchers: Online newspapers

Thursday 19 October 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Using the Library's substantial eResources, learn how to locate and use historical and current online newspapers from a variety of sources including Trove, Proquest and Gale.

Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: Anthony Trollope’s Australian Adventures

Wednesday 18 October 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Prolific novelist and inveterate traveller Anthony Trollope explored Australia and New Zealand in the 1870s: the first celebrity to tour Australasia. His memoir inspired by those adventures was subsequently described by The Times as ‘the best account’ of those lands ‘yet published’. 

Walkley Documentary Award Longlist Screenings

Wednesday 18 October 2017 - 12pm to 8pm

Five of the six outstanding documentaries longlisted for the 2017 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism will be screened at the State Library of NSW in Sydney, giving the public a free viewing of the finest work in the field over the past year.

Stories in Surprising Places

Wednesday 18 October 2017 - 10:30am to Wednesday 20 December 2017 - 11:30am

Explore our amazing building, discover wonderful books, make craft and enjoy the magic of shared stories.

Grattan Institute: Stuck in traffic? Road congestion in Sydney

Tuesday 17 October 2017 - 6pm to 7:15pm

Australians love their cars but hate congestion. Most commuters in Sydney drive to work, and one of the big conversation topics in Sydney is just how clogged the roads have become. Managing more congested roads is one of the most potent challenges of rapid population growth. Sydney is a very car-dependent city, even though it has higher patronage of public transport than any other Australia city.

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Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: Pompey Elliot at War

Thursday 26 October 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

No one was more instrumental than Pompey in turning looming defeat into stunning victory at both Polygon Wood and Villers-Bretonneux. Ross McMullin’s new book will lead to a fresh appreciation of Pompey’s character and his importance in the dramatic final year of World War I.

Author talk: Australian Gypsies

Saturday 28 October 2017 - 2pm to 3pm

Award-winning memoirist and novelist Mandy Sayer comes to the Library to speak about her latest book, Australian Gypsies: Their Secret History. Weaving together a wideranging and exuberant history of gypsies in Australia.

Where do I start? Discover the State Library

Thursday 2 November 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am

For the first-time user, this talk introduces the fantastic services and collections available at the State Library.

Silents in the Library: A Day at the Flickers in 1917

Sunday 5 November 2017 - 2pm to 3:15pm

Three short films; Teddy at the Throttle, Easy Street and Max Wants a Divorce, with the sublime talents of Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson and Max Linder.

Nikon-Walkley Photojournalism

Friday 13 October 2017 to Sunday 26 November 2017

Celebrate  great Australian journalism, telling the stories of our nation and strengthening our democracy.

What goes pop!

Saturday 2 September 2017 to Sunday 25 February 2018

A whistle-stop tour through some of the most important cultural changes of the 20th century.

Satire in the time of war, 1914-1918 (On tour in NSW)

Saturday 21 January 2017 to Friday 1 December 2017

Moree Library
21 October-2 November 2017

Australian Inspiration (On tour in NSW)

Saturday 21 January 2017 to Thursday 28 June 2018

Lithgow Library
21 October-2 November 2017