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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.

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.

High Tea and Film Screening: Casablanca

Wednesday 8 November 2017 - 12pm to 2:15pm

Join us from 12pm - 12.30pm for high tea in the Macquarie Room with piano accompaniment with John Batts. Following the high tea the Metcalfe Auditorium, at 12.30pm, will screen the film Casablanca with soundtrack.

Remembrance Day Special: The Battle of the Somme

Saturday 11 November 2017 - 2pm to 3:30pm

The ‘Battle of the Somme’ is a historic and iconic documentary film portraying allied preparations for, and the early stages of the battle and trench warfare.

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. 

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.