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Today Wednesday 18th October, 2017

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’. 

Tomorrow Thursday 19th October, 2017

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.

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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.

Scholarly Musings: Children’s Literature in 19th Century Australia

Tuesday 7 November 2017 - 11am to 12pm

This talk examines how the children’s literary culture to which Catherine Helen Spence contributed, encouraged and shaped the formulation of national, moral and social character in 19th century Australia.

Moving Beyond Remembrance

Friday 10 November 2017 - 12:30pm to 2pm

This lunchtime talk considers how communities have responded to 100 years of war and efforts towards sustainable peace. Displays and contributor readings will feature original handwork, written and visual creative responses. There will also be items from the Library’s collection on display.

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.

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. 

Talking Deadly: Making history together

Wednesday 29 November 2017 - 6pm to 7pm

Join Paul Irish for Talking Deadly on linking archival information and Aboriginal family stories in Coastal Sydney.