Scholar Talks

Scholar Talks showcase the work of the Library's Fellows and other researchers.

Natural curiosity: Unseen art of the First Fleet

Louise Anemaat – Executive Director, Library & Information Services and Dixson Librarian – talks about some of the extraordinary unseen art of the First Fleet.

Making Theatre that Matters

Dr Isobelle Barrett Meyering, the 2019 David Mitchell Memorial Fellow, discusses the background of Children’s Rights Activism in the 1970s and 1980s.

Landscaping Eastern Australia through the Colonial Survey

2020 Mitchell Fellow, Dr Jarrod Hore, re-grounds colonial surveying and explores the environmental prehistories of our settler colonial landscapes.

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

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

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

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

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

Bungaree, Burigon and Aboriginal Newcastle

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