What's On

Public programs and learning activities will be delivered onsite and online in 2021. See what's on here. 

The Rush for Gold

Monday
Monday, 21 June 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm
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Join the rush to learn about striking it lucky in the 1850s.

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The Blue Mountain pioneers, lithograph by M. Emile Ulm, Sydney Mail, 1880, SLNSW SPF/1396

Step back in time to 1813 and follow the journey of Gregory Blaxland, William Charles Wentworth and William Lawson.

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Going places: Migration to Australia

Tuesday
Tuesday, 22 June 2021 - 9:30am to 10:15am
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We’ll investigate reasons for migrating and uncover different journeys over the sea.

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Mitchell building

Where do I start? Discover your State Library online

Thursday
Thursday, 24 June 2021 - 10:30am to 11am
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Whether you’re looking for a new book to read, a binge-worthy podcast, inspiring stories, or a fun activity to do at home — you can get all of this and more online at your  State Library.

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Bri Lee sitting by stained glass window

B List Special: Rick Morton and Bri Lee

Thursday
Thursday, 24 June 2021 - 6pm to 8pm
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Join us for a very special B List event where Bri Lee will be interviewed by Rick Morton for the release of Who Gets to be Smart.

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Woman on a train

Join us on the first Thursday of every month during Winter for The Science of Us program run in partnership with Inspiring Australia. Hear from scientists, researchers, authors and academics on topics that help us to understand troubling human behaviour through the prism of science. 

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Black and white photo of Metal workers from Garden Island march to the Sydney Stock Exchange

Scholar Talk: Working and Not

Tuesday
Tuesday, 6 July 2021 - 11am to 12pm
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Dr Elizabeth Humphrys – Hertzberg Fellow, 2019 – explores life for blue-collar workers in the economic crises from the 1970s to 1990s

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People with backs to the camera looking at a screen of a black and white photo

Talking Deadly: Tracing Ancestors

Tuesday
Tuesday, 6 July 2021 - 1pm to 3pm
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Melissa Jackson will share her knowledge of the collections and resources from the Library that are useful for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family history research.   

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Sackville Reach, Dyarubbin (Hawkesbury River) photograph by Joy Lai  2020 

Heal Country!

Wednesday
Wednesday, 7 July 2021 - 6pm to 7pm
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Join Erin Wilkins, Jasmine Seymour and Rhiannon Wright in a panel discussion on this year’s NAIDOC Week theme, Heal Country!

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kitsch representations of Aboriginal people

Scratch that Kitsch

Thursday
Thursday, 8 July 2021 - 1pm to 2:30pm
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Melissa Jackson will examine some of the oldest kitsch representations of Aboriginal people in the Library’s collections.

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Book cover Care

Care

Thursday
Thursday, 15 July 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Author Brooke McAlary will be in conversation with Alexx Stuart to discuss her latest release Care: The radical art of taking

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 subdivision plan that features the Library

The Scholar Talks at Six series celebrates maps and mapping, held in the Library’s beautiful Map Rooms.

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Going places: Migration to Australia

Friday
Friday, 16 July 2021 - 2pm to 2:45pm
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We’ll investigate reasons for migrating and uncover different journeys over the sea.

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