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Talking Deadly: Pathfinders

Wednesday 29 March 2017 - 6pm to 7pm

Join us for the exciting new speaker series Talking Deadly: Indigenous Voices at the Library. This month, Dr Michael Bennett talks about the recently launched Pathfinders website that looks at the fascinating history of Aboriginal trackers who worked for the NSW Police from 1862 to 1973.

Susannah Fullerton - George Bernard Shaw

Thursday 30 March 2017 - 11am to 12pm


Scholarly Musings: Sydney’s Early Cemeteries (Waitlist registrations only)

Tuesday 4 April 2017 - 11am to 12pm

The story of Sydney's early cemeteries is one of government indifference and indecision, sectarian conflict, dubious burial practices and allegations of profiteering. Join Dr Lisa Murray as she reveals this turbulent history and showcases some of the resources held in the Library's collection.

Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: Rayner Hoff, The Life of a Sculptor

Wednesday 5 April 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Deborah Beck will talk about her new biography of Hoff, exploring his eventful life in the UK, his reasons for coming to Australia in 1923, and his meteoric rise in the Sydney art world.


Grattan Institute: Housing affordability

Wednesday 5 April 2017 - 6pm to 7:15pm

The issue of housing affordability has vexed Australian governments for decades Successive federal and state governments have told voters they can fix the problem. And all the while house prices have continued to rise. Jessica Irvine, senior economics writer for Fairfax Media, Ken Morrison, CEO, Property Council of Australia and Grattan Institute Fellow Brendan Coates discuss the problem, and weigh the options for reform.

(SOLD OUT) Susannah Fullerton - James Joyce

Thursday 6 April 2017 - 11am to 12pm

Lecture 3: JAMES JOYCE

Visualising a Nation - the politics of an image

Saturday 8 April 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

A diverse panel of leading thinkers will discuss the role of Max Dupain’s Sunbaker as representative of Australian identity and whether it still reflects contemporary Australian society.

The Eyeball End with Ali MC

Saturday 22 April 2017 - 2pm to 3pm

The first decade of the 21st century saw Ali MC travelling the globe in an attempt to understand the forgotten corners of the world.stories the so-called Third World can produce. The Eyeball End steps away from the safety net of well-worn travel guides, taking the reader on a unique and challenging journey into the human condition.