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Due to essential maintenance, access to some online services including eresources and the viewing of digitised items will be temporarily unavailable between 8 pm and 10 pm AEDT on Tuesday, 28 January 2019. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

What's On

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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Stain glass window of St Brigid

St Brigid’s Day: Performance

Saturday
Saturday, 1 February 2020 - 6pm to 8pm
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Join members of the Australian Irish community as they celebrate women’s contribution to the arts with readings, music performances and poetry.

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Aisling 20/20 Vision: celebrating Irish-Australian women

Sunday
Sunday, 2 February 2020 - 10am to 3pm
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A special one-day symposium celebrating the historical and cultural contribution of Irish-Australian women.

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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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Where do I start? Discover the State Library

Thursday
Thursday, 6 February 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am
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Come along and ask us your questions.

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Poster image for film The Circus

Silent Film Festival: The Circus

Sunday
Sunday, 9 February 2020 - 2pm to 3:15pm
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A warm and witty comedy set in the 20s chronicling the adventures of Maurice Pym, a flamboyant New 4K digital restoration of Charlie Chaplin’s 1969 rerelease version of the film, featuring an original score by Chaplin.

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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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Old Cemetry Devonshire St, Julian Ashton 1894

Curator's Choice: Dead Central

Wednesday
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - 6pm to 7:30pm
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Curator Elise Edmonds will focus on some of the collection items which inspired the exhibition, Dead Central.

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Eresources in Depth: JSTOR & ProQuest

Thursday
Thursday, 13 February 2020 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
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This hands-on workshop will help you get the most out of JSTOR and ProQuest databases.

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Labour of Love: Intimate Histories of Post-War Australia

Friday
Friday, 14 February 2020 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
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The Martha Plan invites further reflection on intimate histories of post-war (and later) migrations. Dr Natalia Ortiz leads the morning session, which is based on her ground-breaking research into the Martha Plan. The afternoon will feature a panel discussion entitled ‘Brides and Bachelors’ which showcases the research of scholars who have explored migration to Australia as an intimate phenomenon.

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Library Lovers Day: Looking for Books with Mark Dunn

Friday
Friday, 14 February 2020 - 2pm to 4:30pm
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Explore the some of the early streets of Sydney where stories of private and public libraries unfold. Discover the wonderful world of books in colonial Sydney and learn about a few of the most important book collectors in New South Wales whose collections continue to be used today.

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