What's On

Old black and white photograph of men sitting at the bottom of a large fig tree making boomerangs. A beach can be seen in the background.

A new project by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, who has collaborated with four Sydney elders — Uncle Chicka, Aunty Esme, Aunty Sandra and Uncle Dennis — to tell a very personal story of Aboriginal Sydney.

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A personal look at children’s lives during the First World War.

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Photograph of the bush

Marking the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages, this exhibition builds on the Library's historical collections with stories of resilience and achievement from communities throughout NSW. 

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A man with white hair and beard, sit on red lounge, feet up, waving and smiling at the camera.

Flash Mob

22 June 2019 to 22 September 2019
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A collection of images from the Deadly Awards captured by  Jamie James from 1994-2013.

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Black and white photograph of gravestones in a cemetery.

Dead Central

25 May 2019 to 17 November 2019
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Thousands of people travel now through Central Station every day, but how many know what once lay beneath it?  Dead Central will take you on a journey back to 19th century Sydney, to rediscover a place you thought you knew. 

 

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Bronwyn Bancroft

Amaze Gallery

6 October 2018 to 31 December 2021
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An ever changing selection of fascinating items from the Library's extraordinary collection.

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Oil painting. Panoramic scene of a harbour.

Paintings from the Collection

6 October 2018 to 31 October 2021
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More than 300 original artworks from the Library’s unique collection of landscape and portrait paintings.

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The Collectors’ Gallery

6 October 2018 to 31 October 2021
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Sculpture busts, miniature portraits, ceramics, coins, medals, cutlery, teacups, typewriters, convict bricks and much more!

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book cover The Seventies

Author Talk: Michelle Arrow

Tuesday
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Historian Michelle Arrow comes to the Library to talk about her new book examining how the personal became political in the decade that created contemporary Australia.

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Thinking out loud web page identity of black background with a humans back towards us

Thinking out Loud: Strangers in Europa (Full Series)

A growing extremism relies on an idealized figure of “Europa.” Its spread around the world is highlighted by acts of violence such as in Christchurch. At its core is the fear of a growing migrant population, especially Muslim. In this timely series of lectures Aamir R. Mufti takes long-view perspective in which Europe’s past is inescapably conjoined to the present.

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Album of photographs of family and friends, ca. 1863-1892

FindMyPast hands-on workshop - Family History Month

Wednesday
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 - 2pm to 3:30pm
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A practical session with an expert librarian who will show you how to best search FindMyPast. 

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Special Back of House Tour

Thursday
Thursday, 22 August 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
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Have you ever wondered what goes on in the backrooms and stacks of the State Library?

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Old faded map known as the Tasman Map 1644 which looks like an early depiction of Australia

Paul Brunton: Lecture 2 - The Thrill of the Chase

Thursday
Thursday, 22 August 2019 - 11am to 12pm
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Learn about the fascinating stories behind the great State Library of NSW collections.

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