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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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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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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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A colourful illustration of a lush, dense garden full of trees and flowers.

Stories in the Sun

28 September 2019 to 23 February 2020
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Children’s picture book illustrations from the Library's collection.

 

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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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The Reading Lounge: Book Club for Friends

Friday
Friday, 31 January 2020 - 3pm to 4pm
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A book club for Friends of the Library

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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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