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Grattan: Tackling Sydney's congestion

Tuesday
Tuesday, 19 November 2019 - 6pm to 7:15pm
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Plenty of people think congestion is a real problem in Sydney, and they are right. At this Grattan Institute/State Library of NSW Forward Thinking event, a panel of experts will discuss the proposal to charge drivers a fee to drive on the busiest roads at the busiest times.

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Matthew Flinders and his Friends

Wednesday
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 - 1pm to 2pm
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In all the ups and downs of his career, Matthew Flinders always knew he would get nowhere without his friends – and we have a vast amount of evidence from his letters and journals about what friendship meant to him and whom he regarded as his friends. In this talk, Dr Gillian Dooley will go to Flinders’ own writings and other contemporary sources, to explore his affections and allegiances, and establish who his real friends were.

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Join us at the Library for The B List, an exciting, new style of book club hosted by the award-winning author and avid reader, Bri Lee. After the conversation we will retire to our historic Friends Room where you will be able to buy a drink and chat further with your new book club friends!

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Author Talk: Pain and Prejudice

Saturday
Saturday, 23 November 2019 - 2pm to 3pm
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In 2015, The Guardian journalist Gabrielle Jackson told her editor she wanted to write about endometriosis. It turned into a world-wide investigation into the disease.

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Talking Deadly: Living Language

Wednesday
Wednesday, 27 November 2019 - 6pm to 7pm
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Join Melissa Jackson for the year’s final Talking Deadly. She will share her experiences working as a Curator on the Library’s seminal Living Language exhibition, a brilliant fusion of library collections and lived community experiences.

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Tasman map

Wednesday
Wednesday, 4 December 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Ian Burnet brings together stories of the voyages which led to the Tasman map’s creation and discusses how the Mitchell Library managed to acquire this important piece.

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Christmas in the Collections

Thursday
Thursday, 5 December 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
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Join us for a festive show-and-tell to discover how Christmas has been celebrated in Australia.

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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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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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