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.

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

3 November 2020

Australian writer Kate Forsyth, a descendant of Charlotte Waring Atkinson, has spent the past year investigating her ancestor’s astonishing true story of love, grief, and triumph in the face of overwhelming odds.

Visiting Mother: Australian soldiers in London during WWI

4 August 2020

This talk explores London through the eyes of Australian soldiers and nurses on leave during the First World War. 

Reimagining the Pacific, 1870 to 1970

6 October 2020

This Scholar Talk looks at representations of the south and north-west Pacific in the writing of European Australians during the century that followed.

Sydney’s misremembered swamplands

1 September 2020

This Scholar Talk presents an environmental history of Sydney’s freshwater swamplands. 

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.

Upcoming events in this series

Scholar Talks at Six: Ptolemy and the heretic

Scholar Talks
Thursday 17 June 2021 - 6pm to 7pm

The Scholar Talks at Six series celebrates maps and mapping, held in the Library’s beautiful Map Rooms, there is a different talk on the third Thursday of every month at 6pm.