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Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, the State Library is closed onsite temporarily. The Library is open online. 

The Great Lavante poster

How's Tricks?

26 June 2021 to 16 January 2022
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Spectacular illusions, bamboozling tricks, and death-defying escapes — step behind the velvet curtain and be amazed as Australia’s stage magic history is revealed.

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Sackville Reach, Dyarubbin (Hawkesbury River) photograph by Joy Lai  2020 

Dyarubbin

27 March 2021 to 13 March 2022
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Darug knowledge-holders, artists and educators Leanne Watson, Jasmine Seymour, Erin Wilkins and Rhiannon Wright share their culture and stories of special sites along Dyarubbin  (the Hawkesbury river). 

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Amaze Gallery

20 March 2021 to 31 December 2024
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An ever changing selection of fascinating items from the Library's extraordinary collection.

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A woman and a man browsing miscellaneous objects in a display shelf.

The Collectors’ Gallery

3 July 2020 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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Oil painting. Panoramic scene of a harbour.

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

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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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portraits of five women

Amazing Women in Australian History

Wednesday
Wednesday, 4 August 2021 - 9am to 9:45am
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From government to literature, civil rights to agriculture, this line-up of women has a big story to tell. 

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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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