Related Events and Places of Interest

Books and Things: Collections for Pacific Studies

rare books

This exhibition illustrates the wealth of the Library’s holdings related to Pacific Studies. It includes early printed books, maps and charts, works of natural history and fiction. The books and documents on display are complemented by artefacts from the Macleay Museum’s holdings and together they celebrate the wealth of the University of Sydney’s heritage collections.

When: 24 April to 19 December 2014
Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library North, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus, The University of Sydney (map)
Cost: Free
Contact: Jacqui Grainger, Manager, Rare Books and Special Collections

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Great Novels of 1814: Austen, Burney, Edgeworth and Scott

Great Novels of 1814: Austen, Burney, Edgeworth and Scott

This year we celebrate the bicentenary of four great novels published in the
same year. Jane Austen is widely known and loved by a vast audience and this
exhibition celebrates her novel Mansfield Park and works by her favourite authors: Frances Burney’s The Wanderer, Maria Edgeworth’s Patronage and Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley.

When: 24 November 2014 to 1 March 2015
Where: Rare Books and Special Collections, Level 1, Fisher Library North, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus, The University of Sydney (map)
Cost: Free
Contact: Jacqui Grainger, Manager, Rare Books and Special Collections


Iphigénie En Tauride

iphigenie

In 2014 Pinchgut Opera will perform Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride. This is a masterwork, rarely performed and understood. 2014 marks 300 years since Gluck’s birth and we would like to mark this occasion with a work by a composer who is only remembered for a couple of pieces. Iphigénie en Tauride draws all of Gluck’s opera reforms to their natural conclusion and a work of great power and beauty is the result.

Iphigénie en Tauride is Gluck's most dramatically involving work. It is about familial love and deep friendship, but the waters run deep, and noble aims of sacrifice, duty and protection are played out within the taut drama. Containing much of Gluck's best music; the title character will be sung by Caitlin Hulcup who brought the title role of Griselda to us to great acclaim. We’ve been looking for a role to bring her back to our audience. Joining Caitlin will be Australian baritone Grant Doyle, Brisbane tenor Christopher Saunders, Sydney mezzo Margaret Plummer and Sydney bass baritone Christopher Richardson.

When: 3, 5, 7 & 9 December 2014
Where: City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney (map)
Cost: Buy tickets here

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Art Gallery of NSW

Art Gallery of NSW

As well as Dutch, French and Italian painters from the 17th and 18th centuries, such as Peter Paul Rubens and Canaletto, there is a selection of Italian Mannerist paintings, including works by Agnolo Bronzino, Domenico Beccafumi and Nicolò dell’Abate. Down a marble staircase, you’ll find a superb display of 18th-century European porcelain from the Kenneth Reed Collection.

Permanent Exhibitions - European Galleries

When: Open everyday 10am-5pm
Where: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney
Cost: Free

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Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

Navigators - Creating Paths of Discovery to Australia
This exhibition takes us from early contacts with Asia, like the Makassan trepang trade in northern Australia, through to the European era of Dutch, French and British explorers. Follow the European story through historical maps and charts, instruments and paintings.

Eora the First People
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is strongly entwined with the sea. This exhibition takes us on a journey from Tasmania to Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait, exploring this deep connection through art and adornments. Eora means ‘first people’ in the language of the Darug, traditional owners of the land the museum now stands on.

When: Open everyday 9:30am-5 pm
Where: 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney
Cost: Adult $7, Child $3.50, Concession $3.50 and Family: $17.50

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Cadman’s Cottage (1816)

Cadman’s Cottage (1816)

Built in 1816, Cadman’s Cottage is one of only a handful of Sydney buildings that remain from the first 30 years of the colony.

Where: 110 George Street, The Rocks
Cost: Free

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Powerhouse Museum

Powerhouse Museum

Boulton and Watt Steam engine
This engine was made by engineer James Watt and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton of Birmingham, England. It was installed in Whitbread’s London brewery in 1785 and was used there for 102 years, powering equipment for grinding and lifting malt, stirring vats, and pumping water and beer

Music performed and played
The Powerhouse Museum’s music and musical instrument collection includes objects from around the world, ranging from classical through to contemporary instruments as well as sheet music, photos, documents, posters and instrument maker’s tools.

Recollect: Shoes
Spanning over 500 years and seven continents, the collection features everything from the world’s first pair of elastic sided boots to designer names like Louboutin, Yves Saint Laurent and Lacroix.

When: Open everyday 10am-5pm
Where: 500 Harris St, Ultimo
Cost: Adult $15, Child (4-15 years) $8, Children under four free, Concessions $8 and Family $38

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The Rocks Discovery Museum

The Rocks Discovery Museum

A free, family friendly museum which tells the story of The Rocks from pre-European days to the present. Four permanent exhibitions have been developed in close consultation with the Metropolitan Aboriginal Land Council which share the history and stories of the area and the impact of European settlement. The exhibitions cover the periods:

  • Warrane (pre-1788)
  • Colony (1788-1820)
  • Port (1820-1900)
  • Transformations (1900-present)

When: Open everyday 10am-5 pm
Where: Kendall Lane (enter via Argyle Street), The Rocks
Cost: Free

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The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel (1841)

The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel (1841)

The Lord Nelson is Sydney’s oldest continually licensed hotel still trading within its original fabric. The building retains its original features, including convict-quarried sandstone. The pub has an award-winning on-site brewery, while the upstairs brasserie is known for its innovative and eclectic Australian cuisine and expansive wine list.

Where: 19 Kent St, The Rocks

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State Library of New South Wales

State Library of New South Wales

AMAZE Gallery
Visitors to this gallery will experience little-seen items from the Library’s collections and the hidden stories and personal histories behind them.

Voyages of Discovery: The Great South Land
Through the State Library’s incredible collections of maps, journals, log books, letters, paintings, prints, drawings and books, explore the stories of these exciting voyages of discovery. Find out about adventures of famous explorers like Abel Tasman and James Cook, shipboard life, encounters with indigenous peoples, cultural insights, and descriptions of the strange new flora, fauna and topography of the Great South Land.

Botanica: illustrating the exotic
The earliest known published image of an Australian plant appeared in William Dampier’s 1703 book, Journal of a voyage to New-Holland. From these earliest crude engravings, the public’s desire for information and pictures inspired a blossoming of published works about the strange new flora of Australia. Private and public gardens in England and France competed to be the first to grow exotic flowering species. Highly skilled artists and engravers were employed to record the new flora and the middle and upper classes were eager to purchase published images of these plants which were unlike anything they had ever seen. Botanica: illustrating the exotic explores the history and tradition of published European botanical illustration and the British and French fascination for exotic Australian plants. Examples from the State Library’s collections of early printed books range from 16th century herbals to the detailed scholarly engraved plates produced in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

TAL & Dai-ichi Life (Earl of Derby) collection of natural history watercolours

In 2011, the State Library of New South Wales acquired a beautiful and significant new item: six volumes of exquisite Australian natural history drawings dating from the first days of settlement

When: Monday-Wednesday 9am-5pm, Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday 9am-5pm Weekends 10am-5pm
Where: Macquarie St, Sydney
Cost: Free.

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Elizabeth Bay House (1835)

Elizabeth Bay House (1835)

After the governor, colonial secretary Alexander Macleay was the most important public official in the colony of NSW, with a salary and aspirations to match. In 1835 he started to build the ultimate trophy house on a magnificent waterfront site near the fashionable suburb of Woolloomooloo Hill, now Potts Point.

When: Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11am-4pm
Where: 7 Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay
Cost: Adult $8. Child (under 15)/Concession $4, Family $17

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Elizabeth Farm (1793)

Elizabeth Farm (1793)

This restful homestead hides a dark and stormy past. Built for the young military couple John and Elizabeth Macarthur and their growing family, Elizabeth Farm has witnessed major events in the growth of the colony, from the toppling of governors and convict rebellion to the birth of the Australian wool industry. As the original cottage was transformed into a fine colonial bungalow, the family’s life was equally gripped with turmoil and drama. Today, set within a re-created 1830s garden, Elizabeth Farm is an ‘access all areas’ museum. There are no barriers, locked doors, delicate furnishings or untouchable ornaments. Australia’s oldest homestead is now our most hands-on ‘living’ house museum.

When: Open Saturday and Sunday 10.30am-3.30pm
Where: E70 Alice Street, Rosehill
Cost: Adult $8. Child (under 15)/Concession $4, Family $17

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Hyde Park Barracks (1819)

Hyde Park Barracks (1819)

In June 1819 the Hyde Park Barracks opened to house convict men and boys working in government gangs, and over the next three decades as many as 50,000 convicts passed through its gates. With the end of transportation, the building was converted to a hostel for orphan girls escaping the Irish famine, female immigration depot and later asylum for aged and destitute women. Today, as a museum about itself, the barracks tells stories of convict Sydney, and of those since then who have had the misfortune to spend time there. The Hyde Park Barracks is one of 11 Australian convict sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

When: Open daily 10am-5pm
Where: Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost: Adult $10, Child (under 15)/Concession $5, Family $20

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Vaucluse House (1805)

Vaucluse House (1805)

Vaucluse House is one of Sydney’s few 19th-century mansions still surrounded by its original gardens and wooded grounds. When the towering colonial explorer, barrister and politician William Charles Wentworth bought the house in 1827, it was a single-storey cottage in a secluded valley of partly cleared coastal scrub. In fits and starts over the next five decades, William and his wife Sarah developed Vaucluse into a large and picturesque estate.

When: Open Friday to Sunday 11am-4pm
Where: Wentworth Road, Vaucluse
Cost: Adult $8, Child (under 15)/Concession $4, Family $17

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Rouse Hill House and Farm (1813)

Rouse Hill House and Farm (1813)

Today Rouse Hill House & Farm also features the restored 1888 Rouse Hill schoolhouse, a section of the original Windsor Road turnpike proclaimed by Governor Macquarie in 1813, and the site of the doomed 1804 ‘Vinegar Hill’ convict rebellion.

When: Open Saturday and Sunday 10.30am-3.30pm
Where: 356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill
Cost: Adult $8, Child (under 15)/Concession $4, Family $17

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The Museum of Sydney

The Museum of Sydney

In 1788 Governor Phillip chose this site for his residence. A modern museum built over and around the remains of Australia’s first Government House, the Museum of Sydney celebrates the people and events that have shaped the character and soul of this city.

When: Open daily 10am-5pm
Where: Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney
Cost: Adult $10, Child (under 15)/Concession $5, Family $20

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Australian Museum

Australian Museum

Indigenous Australians Exhibition – the history, culture and political struggles of indigenous Australians

Showcasing pieces from the Australian Museum’s 40,000 piece collection, and featuring contemporary audio-visual storytelling and personal narratives, this exhibition captures the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture from the Dreaming to the present day.

When: Open everyday 9:30am-5pm
Where: Corner of College Street and William Street, Sydney
Cost: Adult $15, Concession/Child $8

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The Aboriginal Heritage Museum and Keeping Place

The Aboriginal Heritage Museum and Keeping Place

Aboriginal displays and artefacts from pre-colonial period to present day

When: Open Monday to Friday 9am-3:30pm
Where: Corner of Raglan Street and Pittwater Road, Manly
Cost: Free

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Old Government House

Old Government House

Standing in 200 acres of parkland overlooking historic Parramatta, Old Government House is Australia’s oldest surviving public building. For seven decades, it was the ‘country’ residence of 10 early governors of the colony, including Governor and Mrs Macquarie who, from 1810 to 1821 preferred the clean air and space of rural Parramatta to the unsanitary and crime ridden streets of Sydney Town. The central block of the house was completed in 1799 by Governor John Hunter, however the appearance of the house today owes most to Governor and Mrs Macquarie. Their 1815 extensions, designed by Macquarie’s Aide, Lieutenant John Watts transformed the house into an elegant Palladian style residence.

When: Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am-4pm
Where: Parramatta Park, Parramatta
Cost: Adult $10, Concessions $8, Family $24

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Experiment Farm Cottage

Experiment Farm Cottage

Experiment Farm cottage stands on the site of the first land grant in Australia, made in 1789 by Governor Phillip to the former convict James Ruse. By 1791 Ruse had successfully farmed the 30 acre site as an experiment in self-sufficiency, proving that a new settler could feed and shelter his family with relatively little assistance to get started. The Indian-style bungalow there today was built by Surgeon John Harris, who purchased the land from Ruse in 1793 for £ 40. It is thought to have been built by c1835. It is one of Australia’s oldest standing properties.

When: Open Wednesday to Sunday 10:30am to 3:304pm
Where: K9 Ruse Street, Harris Park
Cost: Adult $8, Concessions $6, Child $4, Family $20.00

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La Pérouse Museum

La Pérouse Museum

Almost 2,000 items across several rooms of exhibits document the 1787–1788 expedition of French explorer the Comte de Lapérouse. Items include the complete Atlas of the Voyage of La Perouse.

When: Open Sundays only 10am-4pm
Where: Botany Bay National Park, Anzac Parade, La Perouse
Cost: Adult $8, Concessions $6, Child $4, Family $20.00

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