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Reading Lounge: Book Club for Friends of the Library

Friday 20 October 2017 - 3pm to 4pm

Book Club for Friends of the Library.

Curator's Choice: The Sydney Harbour Bridge

Thursday 14 September 2017 - 6pm to 7:30pm

Join curator Anni Turnbull on an illustrated guided tour of the history of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Paul Brunton 3: Phillip Parker King: A most admirable Australian

Wednesday 30 August 2017 - 11am to 12pm

King returned to Sydney in 1832, living at his estate ‘Dunheved’ at St Mary’s. In this lecture Paul Brunton will discuss  the active role King played in Sydney's colonial life and culture.

Paul Brunton 2: Phillip Parker King on the coasts of South America

Wednesday 23 August 2017 - 11am to 12pm

King surveyed, from 1826 to 1830, in Adventure and Beagle, the wild southern coasts of South America and the Strait of Magellan, surviving extreme conditions and near shipwreck

Paul Brunton: 3 Part Lecture Series: PHILLIP PARKER KING

Wednesday 16 August 2017 - 11am to Wednesday 30 August 2017 - 11am

Join Emeritus Curator of the State Library, Paul Brunton AM as he takes us through the life, explorations and eminent career of Phillip Parker King, drawing on the extensive original collections of papers, drawings and watercolours held in the State Library of NSW.  Three part lecture series 16, 23 & 30th of August.

Paul Brunton 1: Phillip Parker King: Completing Flinders' work

Wednesday 16 August 2017 - 11am to 12pm

From 1817-1823, in four arduous voyages sailing on the Mermaid and Bathurst,  Lieutenant King completed the map of our nation 

Robin de Crespigny – Author talk

Tuesday 27 June 2017 - 6pm to 7:30pm

Robin de Crespigny is a writer, producer, director and a former lecturer at AFTRS Film School. Join Robin as she talks about her writing and the creative process across the mediums of written word to film.

Curator’s Choice: Nineteenth Century Photography in the Pacific

Wednesday 7 June 2017 - 6pm to 7:30pm

By the end of the nineteenth century photographers had found their way into most areas of the Pacific. Join Geoff Barker as he talks about some of the physical realities and technical limitations faced by photographers.