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What's On

Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, the State Library will be closed onsite temporarily until Friday, 30 July. The Library is open online. 

The First Fleet

Monday
Monday, 2 August 2021 - 9am to 9:45am
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Set sail on this virtual excursion to discover more about the First Fleet.

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Paintings on blue wall

History Skills: Evaluating Sources

Monday
Monday, 2 August 2021 - 11:30am to 12:15pm
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Learn how to think like a historian in this skills-focused virtual excursion. 

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The Blue Mountain pioneers, lithograph by M. Emile Ulm, Sydney Mail, 1880, SLNSW SPF/1396

Step back in time to 1813 and follow the journey of Gregory Blaxland, William Charles Wentworth and William Lawson.

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Lesbians on the Loose, January 1997 magazine cover

Scholar Talk: Lesbian Sydney in the 1990s

Tuesday
Tuesday, 3 August 2021 - 11am to 12pm
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This talk will explore the important role of Wicked Women and LOTL magazines in connecting and building lesbian communities in Sydney during the 1990s. 

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Rush for Gold

Tuesday
Tuesday, 3 August 2021 - 2pm to 2:45pm
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Join the rush to learn about striking it lucky in the 1850s.

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Two people looking at a laptop screen

In exciting news for family historians, the State Library of NSW has launched the Australian Joint Copying Project Research Guide.

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Spotlight on Shakespeare

Wednesday
Wednesday, 4 August 2021 - 12:15pm to 1pm
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This interactive experience will inspire your students to learn more about the great playwright, William Shakespeare!  

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History Matters August: Saltwater histories

Wednesday
Wednesday, 4 August 2021 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
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Our speakers share their projects that steer a path through saltwater zones.  How has history made a difference to oyster reefs in NSW estuaries and the way we understand the Southern Ocean?  

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Make copies of newspapers on microfilm

Historical newspapers can hold a wealth of additional information that you may never find in the official government records.

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Woman on a train

The Science of Us: Limit your screen time 

Thursday
Thursday, 5 August 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Join us on the first Thursday of every month during winter for The Science of Us program, run in partnership with Inspiring Australia. Hear from scientists, researchers, authors and academics on topics that help us to understand troubling human behaviour through the prism of science. 

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The First Fleet

Friday
Friday, 6 August 2021 - 10am to 10:45am
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Set sail on this virtual excursion to discover more about the First Fleet.

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Rush for Gold

Friday
Friday, 6 August 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm
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Join the rush to learn about striking it lucky in the 1850s.

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Significant Individuals: Caroline Chisholm

Monday
Monday, 9 August 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm
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In this virtual excursion, you will learn more about this determined woman who changed the lives of many through her problem solving, philanthropy and charitable works. 

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