Scholar Talks

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

Alexandra Roginski - The unceasing work of many selves: Histories of self-improvement

From courses in popular psychology to snapshots of physical culture — join us to meet the ancestors of today’s wellness trends.

Kathy Bowrey - Why did David Unaipon not benefit from his patents?

Unaipon descendent, Ngarrindjeri man Kym Kropinyeri, wants to know why this famous inventor never made any money. This talk explains why.

Rebecca Jones - Drought, flood, heat, dust: living with extremes in arid Australia

Dr Rebecca Jones, CH Currey Fellow 2020, explores historical adaptations to extreme weather in arid Australia.  

Ted Farmer: Architect, Facilitator, Bureaucrat

Matt Devine discusses Edward (Ted) Herbert Farmer, Government Architect from 1958-73, during possibly the last Golden Age for public architecture in NSW.

"Here's To'ee": Tapping the Tooheys Collection

The Tooheys Limited collection has been an untapped resource, in the Mitchell stack, unnoticed by historians. Dr Lisa Murray – 2021 Hertzberg Fellow – has been exploring this special collection of business and industry records.

George Lambert’s The Convex Mirror

Art historian David Hansen makes a deep dive into a single (and singular) painting: George Lambert’s The Convex Mirror.

Australian Journalists in the 1911 Chinese Revolution

Tess Gardner tells the story of the Australian journalists who played a part in the end of the Qing Dynasty.

Lesbian Sydney in the 1990s

This talk explores the important role of Wicked Women and LOTL magazines in connecting and building lesbian communities in Sydney during the 1990s.