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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. 

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. 

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.

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’. 

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.

Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: Dymphna Cusack

Thursday 21 September 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Marilla North returns to the Library to speak about the love poems of Australian writer Dymphna Cusack AM and their place in the chronicle of her life story.

Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: Paul Keating - The Big Picture Leader

Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Author and journalist Troy Bramston talks about his biography of Australia’s 24th Prime Minister, Paul Keating. Drawing on around 15 hours of new interviews with Keating, coupled with access to his extensive personal files, this book tells the story of a political warrior’s rise to power.