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.
Join Rachel Franks as she highlights three murder cases that shocked colonial Australia: the first officer of the law to die in the line of duty in Sydney; the case of the gentleman convict; and the man so terrible it was thought he was Jack the Ripper.
Robert and Helenus Scott Ad prodigious letter writers and keepers of journals, brothers Robert and Helenus Scott created a rich archive. This talk will examine their impact on colonial NSW and question whether their legacy is as civilised as they hoped.
This talk highlights research with genealogical communities in Australia, England and Canada. It questions the gendering of genealogists to reveal links between feminism and family history, showing the complex ways in which family historians evoke emotions when talking about their motivations and the impact of their research on their lives.
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.