Past News and Events

Diary 2010


18 August

ICE: Explorations at the ends of the earth

The exhibition will be launched with a talk by
DR ESTELLE LAZER – Archaeology on ice
Dr Lazer is an Archaeologist and Honorary Research Associate with the University of Sydney. She will give a talk and presentation about her work at Mawson’s Hut. The exhibition in Rare Books & Special Collections, looks at the history of polar exploration in both hemispheres and showcases the journals of the early explorers and scientists in these remote regions.


WEDNESDAY 18 AUGUST 2010
6 for 6.30pm
Macdonald Room
Rare Books & Special Collections
Lvl 2 Fisher Library
Eastern Ave, Camperdown Campus

Annual General Meeting
Will be held in the Macdonald Room
at 5.30pm


RSVP by Friday 13 August
Email:
library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au

13 April

NEW POEMS
a combined reading by
JUDITH BEVERIDGE
and
LES MURRAY

TUESDAY 13 APRIL 2010
3-4pm
Conference Room
Level 3, Fisher Library
Camperdown Campus,
University of Sydney

Judith Beveridge and Les Murray return to Fisher Library for readings from their latest collections of poetry. Judith, poet, editor and teacher of poetry writing at the University of Sydney will read from her latest book Storm and Honey. Les, appointed as a visiting Professor to the University of Sydney in 2008, will read from his new book Taller When Prone. It is wonderful to have two such fine poets contributing to the cultural life of the University.

All are invited to attend. Tea and coffee will be available.

This is a popular free event so book early to avoid disappointment.

To RSVP please register online by Thursday 8 April 2010 >> Registration form


18 February

1966 AND ALL THAT. THE FLORENCE FLOOD AND THE NATIONAL LIBRARY.

Friday 4 November 1966 was a holiday in Italy in celebration of the end of the First World War. After weeks of rain, just after dawn, the Arno flooded the city, devastating art galleries, archives, libraries, shops and homes, leaving the streets in many places knee-deep in mud. Among the places hardest hit was the National Central Library. When all seemed lost, thousands of young people formed lines to chain-gang the drowned books to safety.

Join us to hear Neil Harris give a description of one of the worst disasters to hit a major library in modern times. The presentation will include photographs and film from the time.

Guest speaker
Neil Harris
Harris teaches Bibliography and Library Studies at the University of Udine in Italy, where he is head of the Department of History and the Conservation of the Cultural Heritage (Dipartimento di Storia e Tutela dei Beni Culturali).

5:30 for 6pm
Victoria Park Room
Level 5, Fisher Library
Eastern Avenue
Camperdown Campus
University of Sydney

RSVP by Monday 15 February
Email: library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au

Diary 2009

26 May

SPEAKING VOLUMES - THE THREE DECKER NOVEL
What did people in nineteenth century England really read? Explore the books from the Three Decker Novel Collection and be entertained by historical and sporting fiction, thrilled by adventure and romance and enlightened by novels on social issues.

The exhibition will be launched by
Professor Stephen Garton, Dean, Faculty of Arts

Guest speaker
Professor Margaret Harris, Director of Research, Faculty of Arts and curator of the exhibition.

5:30 for 6pm
Rare Books and Special Collections
Level 2, Fisher Library
Camperdown Campus
University of Sydney

RSVP by Thursday 21 May
Email: library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au

21 April

LES MURRAY and JUDITH BEVERIDGE
Poems Old and New
This is the second year that Les Murray has held a poetry reading in Fisher Library since he was appointed as a visiting Professor to the University of Sydney in 2008. This year he will be joined by Judith Beveridge, poet, editor and teacher of poetry writing at the University of Sydney. It is wonderful to have two such fine poets contributing to the cultural life of the University.

Les Murray will read from his collection of poetry - something old and something new. Judith Beveridge will read from her forthcoming collection and also some of her older poems.

The combined reading will be held:
Tuesday 21 April 2009
2pm
Conference Room
Level 3, Fisher Library
Camperdown Campus
University of Sydney

All are invited to attend. The event is free and tea and coffee will be available.
RSVP by Monday 20 April
Email: library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au

Diary 2008

25 November

The Friends of the University of Sydney Library
are pleased to invite you to the exhibition opening and talk by
DR DIETER HOCHULI
It’s only natural: ecology in Australia

Dr Hochuli from the School of Biological Sciences will talk about the links between natural history and our current understanding of the natural world.

Tuesday 25 November 2008
5.30 for 6pm
Rare Books & Special Collections
Level 2, Fisher Library
Camperdown Campus
University of Sydney
Join us for light refreshments before the talk at 5.30pm

RSVP by Thursday 20 November
Email: library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au or
Phone: Anna Schwenke on 9114 0624

Limited coin operated metered parking available on Camperdown Campus and Carillon Avenue.

11 November

The University of Sydney and the Mitchell Library
The Sydney University Arts Association; The Friends of The University of Sydney Library and the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry invite you to a special lecture by
Emeritus Professor Brian Fletcher
Department of History

5:30 for 6:00 to 7:30pm
Lecture Theatre N395
Woolley Building, Science Road
The University of Sydney

The lecture will be preceded from 5:30pm by a reception in the Woolley Common Room.
All are invited to attend. There is no charge.

 For more information see the Invitation flyer

22 September

47th Annual General Meeting
to be held 5.30pm in the Macdonald Room
Rare Books & Special Collections
Fisher Library

followed by

The secret Vatican documents on the Trials of the Knights Templar
Associate Professor of Medieval Studies, John Pryor will discuss the significance of these controversial documents, recently released in a limited edition facsimile. The University of Sydney Library has purchased Australia's only copy of these manuscripts.

5.30 for 6pm
Rare Books & Special Collections
Level 2, Fisher Library
Camperdown Campus
University of Sydney

RSVP by Thursday 18 September, phone: 9351 7266 or email: library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au

 Read John Pryor's talk

26 June A day in the life of the City Historian
Dr Shirley Fitzgerald, the City of Sydney Historian

A complimentary lunch and talk for members of the Friends.

12 for 12.30pm

The Women's College
University of Sydney
15 Carillon Avenue
Newtown

RSVP by Monday 23 June, phone: 9351 7266 or email: library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au

 Online exhibitions - RareBooks