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Mitchell Library Reading Room temporarily closed Tuesday 12 December 2017. More info 

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Today Tuesday 12th December, 2017

Author talk: No Front Line

Tuesday 12 December 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Chris Masters will talk about how his new book No Front Line gives voice to Australia's Special Forces and takes us to the centre of some of the fiercest combat Australia has ever experienced while providing the most intimate examination of what it is like to be a member of this country's elite fighting forces.

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Rare Books & Special Collections - a Perspective from the Senate House Library University of London

Thursday 14 December 2017 - 6pm to 7pm

As ALIA re-starts a special interest group for special collections, Dr Karen Attar, a rare books librarian for many years and an active member of CILIP’s Rare Books and Special Collections Group in the United Kingdom, shares her experiences of the British library world.

Sydney Festival 2018: Coastal Sydney

Saturday 6 January 2018 - 1:30pm to 3pm

Michael Ingrey a founding member of the Library’s Indigenous Advisory group will join librarian and curator Ronald Briggs to discuss and display archival material documenting the long and unbroken presence of Aboriginal people living in coastal Sydney.

Sydney Festival 2018: A History of Bennelong Point

Saturday 13 January 2018 - 1:30pm to 3pm

Using personal papers, photographs and architectural plans Melissa Jackson will explore the history of this famous landmark of Sydney Harbour.

May Gibbs Birthday Party

Wednesday 17 January 2018 - 10am to 11:30am

You're invited to a party - join us to celebrate the wonderful May Gibbs' birthday on 17 January.

 

Sydney Festival 2018: Sydney Elders

Saturday 20 January 2018 - 1:30pm to 3pm

Sydney Elders reflects the diversity of the local Sydney Aboriginal community by placing elders’ stories at the centre of knowledge. Through active consultation, elders have responded to items in the Library’s collection. Ronald and Jonathon will discuss different collection items and the complexities around how Aboriginal knowledge and stories are held, told and supported through institutions like the Library.

Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: Daphne du Maurier - Looking Inward

Friday 2 February 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Teresa Petersen's latest publication, Daphne du Maurier: Looking Inward explores du Maurier’s works from a completely new angle. Peterson explores the possibility that incest is at the core of du Maurier’s craft, arguing that the theme occurs so frequently that it is not a coincidence. 

Scholarly Musings: The Life and Death of Oliver Bainbridge

Tuesday 6 February 2018 - 11am to 12pm

After years of personal research, a collaboration between Edwin Wilson and Patricia Wightley began in 1995. They pooled resources, which with material from America and TROVE enabled a detailed account of Bainbridge’s amazing life.

Out of the Vaults: Around the Globe

Thursday 22 February 2018 - 1:30pm to 3pm

The depiction of the earth as a three-dimensional globe provides a realistic and tactile view of the physical layout of the world. The oldest known surviving globe dates back to 150 AD but production increased rapidly between around 1500 and 1900, these globes were not used as navigational tools but as a representation of contemporary knowledge.