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Scholarly Musings: Children’s Literature in 19th Century Australia

Tuesday 7 November 2017 - 11am to 12pm

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.

Scholarly Musings: Murder, Three Cases that Shocked Colonial Australia

Tuesday 3 October 2017 - 11am to 12pm

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.

Scholarly Musings: Single Female Missionary

Tuesday 5 September 2017 - 11am to 12pm

‘The only white woman among 300 Aborigines at Bonny Well, 266 miles north of Alice Springs, Miss Annie Lock is “Big Boss” to the natives, to whom she is schoolmistress, evangelist and doctor.’

Scholarly Musings: Colonial Brothers

Tuesday 1 August 2017 - 11am to 12pm

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.

Scholarly Musings: The Reorientation of the Archive as Multidirectional and Multi-vocal

Tuesday 4 July 2017 - 11am to 12pm

Discover how archives are used to fill in large gaps of missing culture, language and kin for affected communities.

Scholarly Musings: A History of Love and Law in Australia

Tuesday 6 June 2017 - 11am to 12pm

Between 1823 and 1975 nearly 1000 Australians, mostly women, sued their partners for breach of promise of marriage. Join Dr Alecia Simmonds as she explores love and loss in the 1900s. 


Scholarly Musings: The Emotions of Family History (SOLD OUT)

Tuesday 2 May 2017 - 11am to 12pm

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.


Scholarly Musings: Sydney’s Early Cemeteries (SOLD OUT)

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.