What's On

The Second Biennial Coral Thomas Lecture

Thursday
Thursday, 24 October 2019 - 5:30pm to 7pm
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Professor Grace Karskens was awarded a Coral Thomas Fellowship for a project based on an extraordinary document in the Library’s collection: the Reverend John McGarvie’s 1829 ‘Native Names of Places on the Hawkesbury’.  Working with a team of Aboriginal researchers, artists, teachers and knowledge holders, as well as archaeologists, linguists and local experts, Grace has mapped most of the over 170 place names on McGarvie’s list.

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Going Under

Saturday
Saturday, 26 October 2019 - 2pm to 3pm
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Sonia Henry’s new book, Going Under, takes an unflinching look at the reality of being a doctor, offering a rare insight into the world of a trainee female medic. 

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Sydney Rare Book Week Launch

Sunday
Sunday, 27 October 2019 - 6pm to 7:30pm
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Join us for the launch of  Rare Book week. Professor Stuart Kells will explore the search for Shakespearean books, including volumes from Shakespeare’s own library, as a window into the mindset of bibliophiles and bibliomaniacs. Informed by examples from the State Library’s own collections, the talk will also shed light on how Shakespeare has been collected and appreciated in the New World.

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Author talk: Macquarie

Tuesday
Tuesday, 29 October 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Did Macquarie sow the seeds of a great nation, or was he a tyrant who destroyed Aboriginal resistance? Grantlee will discuss his new biography, Macquarie.

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A woman looking at the joint of a book page to the book spine.

SOLD OUT - Preserving your personal collections

Wednesday
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
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A session dedicated to the long-term preservation of books and paper-based collections.

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A sketched map titled "Birds eye view of the Port of Sydney".

Collecting Maps - an uncharted journey

Wednesday
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 - 6pm to 7pm
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Presented by Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy AM. Robert Clancy has been an avid map collector for over 40 years, from $20 tourist maps to rare charts of exploration. Each map in his collection has a story attached - whether it be the first selection he bought in London or the Matthew Flinders atlas he bought in 1978.

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A row of hardback books.

A Day In the Life of a Publisher

Friday
Friday, 1 November 2019 - 11am to 12pm
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Learn about what it takes to produce a prize-winning work and find out what sorts of books being published today will become the rare books of tomorrow.

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The Accidental Librarian

Friday
Friday, 1 November 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Printmaker, bookbinder and book collector Monica Oppen, owns the largest private collection of books by artists in Australia. Monica will discuss how the collection grew to contain over 1700 books.

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The Kings Library

This free talk will take you on a ‘Magical Mystery’ tour of the National Library of the United Kingdom, including a special insight into the complex, and diverse digital materials the British Library collect and preserve, and the extraordinary examples which demonstrate how the collections are used for research, inspiration and enjoyment.

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Macquarie Collector’s Chest

Scholar Talk: A Soldier’s Life on the Penal Frontier

Tuesday
Tuesday, 5 November 2019 - 11am to 12pm
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In New South Wales the serving soldiers were charged with a double remit — as the agents of expansion and as the enforcers of confinement. This dual military function is examined through the story of two wooden boxes — including the Macquarie Collector’s Chest, one of the treasures of the Mitchell Library.

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The elephant in the room - Ignored histories

Wednesday
Wednesday, 6 November 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
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In this final session of History Matters we consider the subjects that often get ignored or sidelined in history. History practitioners will unpack why some subjects are not as popular for research. How many elephants will we find in the room?

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book cover The shelf life of Zora Cross

The Shelf Life of Zora Cross

Thursday
Thursday, 7 November 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Cathy Perkins will talk about her new biography, The Shelf Life of Zora Cross, in conversation with Curator Sarah Morley. They will discuss the pleasures and challenges of biography, and why Zora Cross was such a satisfying subject.

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book cover The Lost Boys

Author Talk: The Lost Boys

Monday
Monday, 11 November 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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 A unique perspective on the First World War, The Lost Boys is military history made deeply personal, a powerful homage to youthful bravery and a poignant reminder of the horror of war.

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