What's On

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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A girl stands at touchscreen in front of a digital bookcase projected onto the wall in front.

Off the Shelf

2 November 2019 to 22 March 2020
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Virtually explore the many intriguing, perplexing and playful volumes waiting to be read in your State Library. 

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Black and white photograph of gravestones in a cemetery.

Dead Central

25 May 2019 to 3 May 2020
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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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Photograph of the bush

Marking the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages, this exhibition builds on the Library's historical collections with stories of resilience and achievement from communities throughout NSW. 

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Black and white illustrating of man kneeling at an alter, four knights at his back, surrounded by branch of leaves.

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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As the performance of Australian students is falling in international tests in reading, science and especially maths, we are failing to use our best teachers to improve teaching across all schools.

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Talking Deadly: Ten Doors Down

Wednesday
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 - 6pm to 7pm
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Robert Tickner will discuss his new memoir Ten Doors Down: the story of a federal minister’s remarkable reunion with his birth parents.

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Project Ludwig

Wednesday
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Ludwig van Beethoven was born on 17 December 1770. In 2020, the 250th anniversary of his birth, come and celebrate the great composer with the Australian String Quartet, in this special concert experience at the State Library of NSW.

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Launch into Library Research: Family History Building Blocks

Thursday
Thursday, 27 February 2020 - 10am to 3:45pm
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Family history librarians will show you how to get started and where to look for the key documents to start your journey.

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Black and white photograph of gravestones in a cemetery.

Dead Central — a history

Friday
Friday, 28 February 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Join a specialist panel as they discuss the old Devonshire street cemetery, a place lost to living memory which continues to spark the imagination and fascination of 21st century Sydneysiders.

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Two men staring through the shadow of a blind

Love and The Silent Silver Screen: Blackmail

Sunday
Sunday, 1 March 2020 - 2pm to 3:30pm
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Written and directed by the legendary Alfred Hitchcock, Blackmail is not only a quintessential Hitchcock psychological thriller about murder and blackmail, but a superior example of silent cinema at its peak in the late 1920s. 

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