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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’. 

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.

Author talk: The Twentieth Man

Tuesday 17 October 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

The Twentieth Man. Jones’ debut novel is an exciting thriller that focuses on terrorism, politics and betrayal, taking the reader from the savage mountains of Yugoslavia to Canberra’s brutal yet covert power struggles. Join Tony and David as they talk about the book and writing fiction.

William Morris and the Legacy of the Small Press

Saturday 14 October 2017 - 2pm to 4pm

Join us for a presentation of rare books from the Library’s William Morris/Kelmscott Press collection.  In addition to a presentation and viewing, two contemporary independent publishers will discuss producing illustrated editions.

Bitesize Curator Talk: 3D Photography in Australia, 1855-1880

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

Join curator Geoff Barker in a talk about the early years of stereoscopic photography in Australia.

Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: Up Until Now

Friday 6 October 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Author and CEO of the Quest for Life Foundation, Petrea King comes to the Library to speak about her latest book. Up Until Now tells the story of Petrea’s fascinating life, which has been devoted to helping people experiencing life-threatening illnesses and mental distress.

Scholarly Musings: Murder, Three Cases that Shocked Colonial Australia

Tuesday 3 October 2017 - 11am to 12pm

Join Rachel Franks as she highlights three murder cases that shocked colonial Australia: the first officer of the law to die in the line of duty in Sydney; the case of the gentleman convict; and the man so terrible it was thought he was Jack the Ripper.

Sexuality, Schools and the Media

Saturday 30 September 2017 - 2pm to 3pm

Are Australian schools safe? And if they’re not, what happens when kids are caught in a bleak collision between ill-equipped school staff and a confected media scandal? Benjamin comes to the Library to talk about the issues raised in this timely essay.