Scholar Talks

Scholar Talks showcase the work of the Library's Fellows and other researchers. Each presentation is an opportunity for researchers to share their research experiences and exchange ideas.

Bungaree, Burigon and Aboriginal Newcastle

7 July 2020

This talk takes a closer look at some of the more familiar Aboriginal residents and visitors to Newcastle, including Bungaree and Burigon.

Tracing Religious Education Across an Empire

2 June 2020

Drawing on research undertaken at the Library, this talk explores parallels between religious education policy in Canada, Australia and New Zealand from the late 19th to the mid-20th century. 

J.W. Lewin: Australia’s first free professional artist

5 May 2020

Richard Neville, Mitchell Librarian discusses the incredible career of John William Lewin (1770–1819) who arrived in Sydney in 1800.

Upcoming events in this series

Scholar Talk: Reimagining the Pacific, 1870 to 1970

Scholar Talks
Tuesday
Tuesday 6 October 2020 - 11am to 12pm
Free
Talk

This talk takes inspiration from Australian art historian Bernard Smith’s Imagining the Pacific published in 1992 as well as his authoritative earlier work, European Vision and the South Pacific published in 1960. Smith saw the Pacific as an ideological construction of the European imagination during the intense period of exploration in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.  

Scholar Talk: Searching for Charlotte: Australia’s First Children’s Writer

Scholar Talks
Tuesday
Tuesday 3 November 2020 - 11am to 12pm
Free
Talk

Australia’s first children’s book - A Mother’s Offering to Her Children - was published in 1841. The author was known simply as ‘A Lady Long Resident in NSW’.