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Author Talk: Michelle Arrow

Tuesday
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 - 12:30pm
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Historian Michelle Arrow comes to the Library to talk about her new book examining how the personal became political in the decade that created contemporary Australia.

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Thinking out Loud: Strangers in Europa (Full Series)

A growing extremism relies on an idealized figure of “Europa.” Its spread around the world is highlighted by acts of violence such as in Christchurch. At its core is the fear of a growing migrant population, especially Muslim. In this timely series of lectures Aamir R. Mufti takes long-view perspective in which Europe’s past is inescapably conjoined to the present.

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Old faded map known as the Tasman Map 1644 which looks like an early depiction of Australia

Paul Brunton: Lecture 2 - The Thrill of the Chase

Thursday
Thursday, 22 August 2019 - 11am
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Learn about the fascinating stories behind the great State Library of NSW collections.

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Oil painting. Panoramic scene of a harbour.

Paul Brunton: Lecture 3 - The Thrill of the Chase

Thursday
Thursday, 29 August 2019 - 11am
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Learn about the fascinating stories behind the great State Library of NSW collections.

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The Second Biennial Coral Thomas Lecture

Thursday
Thursday, 24 October 2019 - 5:30pm
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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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A man with glasses.

Sydney Rare Book week Launch

Sunday
Sunday, 27 October 2019 - 6pm
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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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A woman looking at the joint of a book page to the book spine.

Preserving your personal collections

Wednesday
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 - 10:30am
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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
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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
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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
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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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Christmas in the Collections

Thursday
Thursday, 5 December 2019 - 10:30am
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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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