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Inaugural Coral Thomas Fellowship Lecture

Thursday 19 October 2017 - 5:30pm to 7pm

In the early 1830s, surveyor John Helder Wedge collected early south-eastern Aboriginal wooden artefacts from Tasmania and Victoria, now housed in the Saffron Walden Museum in Essex. It has been suggested that Wedge sought the artefacts out of a rare ‘humanitarian’ interest in the Indigenous people. Rebe Taylor, Coral Thomas Fellow, will deliver the inaugural lecture on her recent findings.

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’. 

Stories in Surprising Places

Wednesday 18 October 2017 - 10:30am to Wednesday 20 December 2017 - 11:30am

Explore our amazing building, discover wonderful books, make craft and enjoy the magic of shared stories.

Nikon-Walkley Photojournalism

Friday 13 October 2017 to Sunday 26 November 2017

Celebrate  great Australian journalism, telling the stories of our nation and strengthening our democracy.

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.

Free kids tours

Thursday 5 October 2017 - 11am to Friday 6 October 2017 - 11am

Join us as we explore some of the nooks and crannies of this fascinating building.

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.

Drop-in activity centre: Animals!

Tuesday 3 October 2017 - 10am to 3pm

Hooves, claws, beaks and paws - plenty to get excited about in our September drop-in.