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A man with white hair and beard, sit on red lounge, feet up, waving and smiling at the camera.

Flash Mob

22 June 2019 to 22 September 2019
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A collection of images from the Deadly Awards captured by  Jamie James from 1994-2013.

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Black and white photograph of gravestones in a cemetery.

Dead Central

25 May 2019 to 17 November 2019
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Thousands of people travel now through Central Station every day, but how many know what once lay beneath it?  Dead Central will take you on a journey back to 19th century Sydney, to rediscover a place you thought you knew. 

 

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Old black and white photograph of men sitting at the bottom of a large fig tree making boomerangs. A beach can be seen in the background.

A new project by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, who has collaborated with four Sydney elders — Uncle Chicka, Aunty Esme, Aunty Sandra and Uncle Dennis — to tell a very personal story of Aboriginal Sydney.

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Generations

1 March 2019 to 18 August 2019
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Recording the stories of newly arrived migrants and refugees.

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A personal look at children’s lives during the First World War.

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A painting of a view of Government House, with emus in the garden in the foreground and a horseman on the garden track.

Amaze Gallery

6 October 2018 to 31 December 2021
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An ever changing selection of fascinating items from the Library's extraordinary collection.

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Oil painting. Panoramic scene of a harbour.

Paintings from the Collection

6 October 2018 to 31 October 2021
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More than 300 original artworks from the Library’s unique collection of landscape and portrait paintings.

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The Collectors’ Gallery

6 October 2018 to 31 October 2021
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Sculpture busts, miniature portraits, ceramics, coins, medals, cutlery, teacups, typewriters, convict bricks and much more!

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Today

Author Talk: Peter Lewis

Thursday
Thursday, 27 June 2019 - 2pm
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Join author Peter Lewis as he discusses his new book Webtopia, an exploration of the past 25 years of our interactions with the internet.

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Curator Maggie Patton delivering Gallery tour.

Curator Tour

Friday
Friday, 28 June 2019 - 12pm
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Every Friday one of our Curators will take you through our exhibitions paying attention to their favourite items and sharing stories from the collections.

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Souvenir programme : victory celebrations (signing of peace), Sydney, New South Wales, July 19th, 1919.

Treaty of Versailles centenary

Friday
Friday, 28 June 2019 - 12:30pm
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Join the Library’s World War One specialist Elise Edmonds and guests on the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles. Our panel will discuss the impact of the Treaty on European society and politics, and the attempts to construct a new world order.

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Pop culture of Sydney: The multilingual turn?

Saturday
Saturday, 29 June 2019 - 11am
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With advances in technology, accessing one's favourite songs, TV shows, films, and food cultures from around the world is just a click of a button away. Is the pop culture of Sydney more multilingual than ever? This expert talk invites the audience to join in a discussion on Sydney's pop cultural scene and its multilingual turn.

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From tattooed convicts to Aboriginal evangelists; unionists, artists, suffragists and wowsers, all kinds of Australians have had an opinion on the Bible. This talk will explore some of the surprising and dynamic consequences for culture and society.

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