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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.