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Dyarubbin

27 Mar 2021 to 13 Mar 2022

Darug knowledge-holders, artists and educators Leanne Watson, Jasmine Seymour, Erin Wilkins and Rhiannon Wright share their culture and stories of...

Sackville Reach, Dyarubbin (Hawkesbury River) photograph by Joy Lai  2020 
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How's Tricks?

26 Jun 2021 to 27 Mar 2022

Spectacular illusions, bamboozling tricks, and death-defying escapes — step behind the velvet curtain and be amazed as Australia’s stage magic...

The Great Lavante poster
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  • Ongoing
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Paintings from the Collection

More than 300 original artworks from the Library’s unique collection of landscape and portrait paintings.

Oil painting. Panoramic scene of a harbour.
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  • Ongoing
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The Collectors’ Gallery

Sculpture busts, miniature portraits, ceramics, coins, medals, cutlery, teacups, typewriters, convict bricks and much more!

A woman and a man browsing miscellaneous objects in a display shelf.
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  • Ongoing
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Amaze Gallery

An ever changing selection of fascinating items from the Library's extraordinary collection.

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  • Online
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Making the Most of Yourself: 19th century advice manuals

Monday
Mon 25 Oct 2021
  • series: Rare Book Week

Join our panel as they discuss fascinating examples of 19th century domestic advice manuals.

book cover of Sylvia’s Book of Family Management and Practical Economy
  • Virtual excursion
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Amazing Women in Australian History

Tuesday
Tue 26 Oct 2021
  • series: Schools

From government to literature, civil rights to agriculture, this line-up of women has a big story to tell.

portraits of five women
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  • Online
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First Nations Collectors

Tuesday
Tue 26 Oct 2021
  • series: Rare Book Week

Join us for a very special event which will look at the importance of collecting materials that document and celebrate the lives of First Nations...

kitsch representations of Aboriginal people
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  • Online
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Lucky but lame — Australia’s unhappy relationship

Tuesday
Tue 26 Oct 2021
  • series: A Foreign Country: Travels through the Past

This talk is presented as part of 'A Foreign Country: Travels through the Past', a series of fortnightly lectures hosted by the State Library of...

Black and white image of lady reading as a desk
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  • Online
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The Sydney Harbour Bridge: an Australian icon

Wednesday
Wed 27 Oct 2021
  • series: Rare Book Week

Join us for this panel discussion as we delve into the history of The Sydney Harbour Bridge.

photograph of the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Virtual excursion
  • Free

Storytime online with Lucinda Gifford

Thursday
Thu 28 Oct 2021
  • series: Storytime
  • series: Kids at the Library

Join Lucinda Gifford and glamorous chickens Whitney and Britney from her picture book Chicken Divas!

Author Lucinda Gifford and chicken puppets
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  • Online
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Pandemic, pestilence and plague

Thursday
Thu 28 Oct 2021
  • series: Rare Book Week

This session provides a snapshot of personal and official records of the bubonic plague and influenza pandemics of the early 20th century.

1919 photograph of medical staff and workers in scrubs and masks