Inaugural Coral Thomas Fellowship Lecture

On 19 October, Dr Rebe Taylor, the State Library of New South Wales’ current Coral Thomas Fellow, will deliver the inaugural lecture on her recent findings. In the early 1830s, surveyor John Helder Wedge collected early south-eastern Aboriginal wooden artefacts...

James Bray and his Museum of Curios

The first entry to be published on the Dictionary since our recent move to the new platform at the State Library of NSW is a fascinating look by Dr Peter Hobbins at the colourful life and work of James Samuel Bray, a prolific 19th century Sydney naturalist. This week...

Mozart and The Doll

Today on 2SER Breakfast, Nic talked to the Dictionary’s special guest Emeritus Professor Richard Waterhouse. Richard will be speaking at the Sydney Mechanic’s School of Arts next week as part of History Week 2017, and his talk ‘Mozart and ‘The...

History Week 2017: Pop! 2-10 September 2017

History Week 2017 is fast approaching, so it’s time to start planning which events you’d like to get to. This year History Week’s theme is Pop! and will be looking at Australian ‘popular culture’. As History Week enters its 20th year, the History...

The Great Strike of 1917

This year marks the centenary of one of Australia’s largest industrial conflicts and a special exhibition commemorating the anniversary has just opened at Carriageworks. The Great Strike of 1917 is regarded as one of Australia’s largest industrial conflicts. Although...