What's On

The Reading Lounge: Book Club for Friends

Friday
Friday, 31 January 2020 - 3pm to 4pm
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A book club for Friends of the Library

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Judging a book by its cover

Saturday
Saturday, 1 February 2020 - 2pm to 3pm
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Every binding can tell a story. This talk will explore various aspects of book bindings, including examples from Australian collections.

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grey scale image of John Ewen Davidson

Scholar Talk: Blood money

Tuesday
Tuesday, 4 February 2020 - 11am to 12pm
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When Britain made chattel slavery illegal in 1833, vast sums were paid to slave owners in recompense. Australians see themselves as standing apart from the sordid history of international slavery, but a portion of that money was used to found Australia’s sugar industry that infamously imported Pacific Islanders as labour.

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Trompe l'oeil of a surveyor's desktop / watercolour by William Henry Wells

The Commemorative Obsession

Wednesday
Wednesday, 5 February 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
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History revolves around dates and marking time. For governments and community groups, anniversaries and commemorations provide a focus for understanding the past. In this, the first History Matters seminar for 2020, history practitioners will contemplate the highs and lows of anniversaries.

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The state of the map

Wednesday
Wednesday, 5 February 2020 - 6pm to 7pm
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Today’s technologies allow people to use geospatial information in a variety of ways. This talk will explore ways data trapped in paper maps are being transformed into actionable information, how satellite imagery is being used to affect health outcomes, and how historical maps interact with imagery to compare the past with the future.

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Stories in the Sun

Wednesday
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Australian children’s book publishing flourished in the 1970s and 80s, the period often referred to as ‘the Golden Age’. Join curator Maria Savvidis to learn more about this prolific period and some of the most well-loved and iconic picture book illustrations in our current display Stories in the Sun.

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Old Cemetry Devonshire St, Julian Ashton 1894

Curator's Choice: Dead Central

Wednesday
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - 6pm to 7:30pm
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Curator Elise Edmonds will focus on some of the collection items which inspired the exhibition, Dead Central.

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Eresources in Depth: JSTOR & ProQuest

Thursday
Thursday, 13 February 2020 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
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This hands-on workshop will help you get the most out of JSTOR and ProQuest databases.

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painting of trees

New nature

Saturday
Saturday, 22 February 2020 - 2pm to 3:30pm
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What does it mean to write about nature in 21st century Australia? A new wave of Australian nature writers will redefine how to write about landscape, Country, ecology, and biosphere.

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Talking Deadly text logo on black background

Talking Deadly

Wednesday
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 - 6pm to 7pm
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A bi-monthly speaker series hosted by the Indigenous Engagement team. Join leaders in our communities as they shine a spotlight on the fascinating histories, politics and cultural initiatives that continue to shape contemporary Indigenous Australia.

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Black and white photograph of gravestones in a cemetery.

Dead Central — a history

Friday
Friday, 28 February 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Join a specialist panel as they discuss the old Devonshire street cemetery, a place lost to living memory which continues to spark the imagination and fascination of 21st century Sydneysiders.

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The decorative frames on maps called cartouches were an important cartographic design element from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, and continue to be used on twenty-first century maps. In this talk Chet Van Duzer will discuss the early history and development of cartouches, examine some of their sources, and explain their symbolism of several remarkable cartouches in detail.

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wooden box containing glass medicine bottles

Medical Sydney

Thursday
Thursday, 19 March 2020 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
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Take a medical history tour of Sydney from Aboriginal Australia through to the early twentieth century.

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