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Connecting Culture: Tracing Ancestors

Friday
Friday, 30 August 2019 - 2pm to 3pm
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Are you tracing your family history and don’t know where to start?

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Premier’s History Award

Friday
Friday, 30 August 2019 - 6pm to 9pm
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Join us as we announce the winners of the 2019 NSW Premier’s History Awards and officially launch the start of History Week.

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Jane Caro and Bri Lee

A special event announcing the 2019 Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award shortlist.  This annual Award is a Waverley Council initiative celebrating excellence in research with a prize pool of $30,000.

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Sedition: The Art of Agitation

31 August 2019 to 1 December 2019
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A showcase of the State Library’s little known and rarely seen collections of high-impact, attention-grabbing poster art of the 60s, 70s and 80s.

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Scholar Talk: ‘Together we stand for Empire Service’

Tuesday
Tuesday, 3 September 2019 - 11am to 12pm
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About 7000 British youths arrived in Australia in the early twentieth century under the Dreadnought scheme of agricultural settlement. In this talk Ben will examine the different ways they were thought of.

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Memory and Landscapes

Wednesday
Wednesday, 4 September 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
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How do individual and collective memories attach to cultural landscapes? In response to the History Week theme "Memory and Landscapes" two practitioners of public history and artistic interpretation reflect upon the significance of landscapes for our communities.

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Where do I start? Discover the State Library

Thursday
Thursday, 5 September 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am
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For the first-time user. Come along and ask us your questions.

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The B List with Bri Lee and Rick Morton

Thursday
Thursday, 5 September 2019 - 6pm to 7:30pm
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Come and join us at the Library for The B List, an exciting, new style of book club hosted by the award-winning author and avid reader, Bri Lee. After the talk, you will be invited into the our historic Friends Room to continue the conversation with your fellow readers! Join authors of fiction and non-fiction, humour, history, and biography.

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Sydney Crime Writers Festival

Friday, 6 September 2019 to Sunday, 8 September 2019
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Friday 6 to Sunday 8 September 2019

BAD is bigger and better than ever this year. In three days at the State Library of New South Wales we discuss crime fact and crime fiction in new and fascinating ways.

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Curator Maggie Patton delivering Gallery tour.

Curator Tour

Friday
Friday, 6 September 2019 - 12pm to 1pm
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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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Curator Maggie Patton delivering Gallery tour.

Curator Tour

Friday
Friday, 13 September 2019 - 12pm to 1pm
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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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Rights of the Child: 30 years on

Saturday
Saturday, 14 September 2019 - 12:30pm to 4:30pm
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Thirty years after the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child this panel asks how well does Australia do in meeting its obligations? The Convention established children’s rights to protection from exploitation and abuse, to be cared for, to have a home, and to have a say in decisions which affect them.

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Workforce Futures — Humanising our Digital Transformation

Wednesday
Wednesday, 18 September 2019 - 5pm to 7pm
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This special occasion forms part of the Australian Academy of the Humanities 50th anniversary program of events taking place across the country.  These events acknowledge the vital role of the humanities in helping us understand our past, make sense of our present, and ensure a humanised future for all people.

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