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See Sydney as a Tourist in 1905

Sydney, nsw

Imagine you’re visiting Sydney for the first time as a tourist on one of the Oceanic Steamship Company Line’s iron steamships. In this illustrated talk, City of Sydney curator Margaret Betteridge guides you through Sydney in 1905 using the Oceanic Steamship Company's map.

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Capturing Change: Photography and the Modern City

Sydney, nsw

Join historian Laila Ellmoos and investigate how photography was used to document changes to Sydney in the first decades of the 20th century.

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Voyage of Discovery at The Royal Automobile Club of Australia

Sydney, nsw

For the first time the Royal Automobile Club of Australia is participating in this event and we are keen to share our stunning heritage-listed building with you - providing tours to take you on a voyage of discovery - including a curated curio-look at objects from 'the vault'

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Hassall Family History Association 2022 Research Meeting

Sydney, nsw

The Hassall Family History Association Research meeting celebrates the lives of Rowland and Elizabeth Hassall and their descendants. The Hassalls arrived in Sydney in 1798.

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2022 Salon des Refusés: The ‘alternative’ Archibald and Wynne Prize selection

Millers Point, nsw

The Salon des Refusés is the S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection from works entered into the annual Archibald and Wynne Prizes.

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Steve Lopes Encountered

Millers Point, nsw

Steve Lopes Encountered on display at S. H. Ervin Gallery is a survey exhibition presented in association with Orange Regional Gallery of over 80 paintings, rarely seen drawings, prints and collages, together with the artist’s diaries and drawing books.

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Historical Walking Tour of Sydney CBD & Lunch at Jardin St James

Sydney, nsw

Jardin St James has partnered with professional guides and historians at 'Journey Walks' to take you on a guided historical walking tour of Sydney CBD, followed by delicious lunch at the café restaurant.

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Walsh Bay Historic Walking Tour and Lunch at Ventuno

Walsh Bay, nsw

Ventuno Walsh Bay is partnering with professional guides and historians from 'Journey Walks' to offer a guided historical walking tour around Walsh Bay, followed by a special Italian style lunch at Ventuno.

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8 Days at Kamay (Botany Bay) walk and Botanic Endeavour Exhibition

Sydney, nsw

This walking tour visits plants in our living collection that were first collected by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander in 1770 and finishes at the Botanic Endeavour exhibition featuring 50 recent botanic illustrations of these plants and precious items from the Daniel Solander Library.

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Sculpture Walk at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Sydney, nsw

Our volunteer guides have designed a walk that brings our sculptures and statues to life. Learn about the artwork, artists and the how our attitudes to public art have changed over the last 150 years whilst visiting some of our more than 60 sculptures and statues.

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Enlarged up to Life Size

Sydney, nsw

Come and hear the story of Ah Hing, a Cantonese polymath in 1880s Sydney who added a new dimension to the creation of life-size portraits from photographs.

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Constructing Town Hall House

Sydney, nsw

Angular, geometric, sculptural and soaring, Town Hall House is a statement piece of Brutalist architecture. Presented in Town Hall House, this talk by assistant curator Rebecca Anderson will take the audience through the development of this fascinating building.

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The Fenwick Historical Walking Tour Lunch

Balmain East, nsw

The Fenwick at Balmain East is partnering with professional guides and historians at Journey Walks to offer a historic walking tour around Balmain, followed by a special set menu lunch at the restaurant.

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Child’s Play: playgrounds in Sydney in the 20th century

Haymarket, nsw

Providing playgrounds in the city was a uniquely 20th century phenomenon. In this lunchtime talk, historian Laila Ellmoos will look at how children occupied Sydney's urban spaces, with a focus on the introduction of supervised children's playgrounds in the inner city from the 1930s.

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Curiosities and treasures in the City of Sydney archives

Haymarket, nsw

City Archivist Janet Villata and Archivist Mathilde de Hauteclocque will introduce you to the City Archives collection in this lunchtime talk.

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Heritage on the Harbour

Pyrmont, nsw

Explore Sydney Harbour aboard a restored heritage vessel. Experience the magic of a 1902 steam vessel (Waratah or Lady Hopetoun) on Sydney Harbour Secrets. Hear stories of the harbour and Parramatta River islands and foreshores on six guided cruises in the 1943 former naval motor launch Harman.

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The Street Gangs of Old Sydney (1820 – 1950)

Surry Hills, nsw

Enjoy a glass of beer and a meal whiling listen to some incredible stories about the gangs, pushes and larrikins who brought fear and chaos to the streets of old Sydney between 1850 and 1950. The talk takes place in the Royal albert Hotel, the club house of the most dangerous gang of the 1890s.

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A Map of Murder; The Forgotten Murders of Surry Hills, Darlinghurst & Woolloomooloo (1880 to 1960)

Surry Hills, nsw

Surry Hills and Darlinghurst were quiet villages in colonial times... until 1891 happened and for the next 100 years, they became the vice & murder capitals of Australia. Discover how and hear about the worst and most sensational murders committed that were forgotten until now.

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Over-sexed, Over-paid and Over Here: When the Yanks came to Surry Hills and Darlinghurst during WW2

Surry Hills, nsw

WW2, thousands of American servicemen flooded Sydney seeking vice and debauchery. US racial segregation meant only Surry Hills was where African American servicemen were allowed to party. The gangsters made bank. But all parties must end and when this one ended the streets ran red with blood.

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Sydney Cold Case Files: Blowing the dust off some of Sydney’s oldest unsolved murders cases

Surry Hills, nsw

In this talk you will discover the murders committed in Sydney between 1800 and 1950 that remain a mystery. Hear about the crime scene, the investigation, the reaction from the public.

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Murder & Mayhem in the pubs of old Surry Hills, Darlinghurst & Woolloomooloo

Surry Hills, nsw

Over 120 pubs existed in East Sydney in the 19th century. Some are still licensed, some since demolished and many, like old ghosts, haunt the streets as cafes, homes and shops. They all have incredible stories of mayhem, madness and murder. Listen to incredible stories about these old pubs.

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