History Week 2016

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Randwick City Library has a number of exciting talks coming up to celebrate History Week 2016. ‘Neighbours’ is the theme that brings together this years’ celebration of our past. Come along and explore the idea of ‘neighbours’ from a number of different angles.

History Week runs from Saturday 3 September – Sunday 11 September 2016. There is a wonderful array of events to attend, including:  

Local History Walks

A must for novices and local history buffs alike! Join local history experts from Randwick City Library for a journey back to the Victorian era. Take a stroll through the streets of Randwick and explore the architecture, local personalities and way of life in Victorian Randwick. Note: the same walk will be repeated across two dates, Sunday 4 September and Sunday 11 September from 9.45am – 12.30pm. The cost of this activity is $15.00 per participant. Spaces are limited so book in now.

History Talk – ‘Neighbours’ TV show as a piece of history

Join Dr Liz Giuffre and Dr Sarah Attfield from the University of Technology, Sydney as they examine Neighbours as a piece of Australian media history and how the show featured pioneering ideas of class and gender. Come along on Wednesday 7 September 2016 from 6.30 – 8.00pm to delve into the history of this iconic Australian opera. This is a Speaker Connect event, presented in conjunction with the History Council of NSW at Margaret Martin Library, Randwick. This is a free event, however bookings are required.

History Talk – Australia’s Greek Cafes & Milk Bars

Join author Leonard Janiszewski as he takes us back to a time when Greek cafes and milk bars were a gathering place for every town and suburb. Australia’s first milk bar was opened in 1932 in Sydney and, within a five year period, over 4,000 milk bars and cafes were found all over the country. In the 80s, historian Leonard Janiszewski and photographer Effy Alexakis travelled around Australia and documented these iconic places to keep their culture and history alive. Come along on Saturday 10 September from 2.00 – 3.30pm to find out more about Australia’s milk bar culture. This is a joint event held by Randwick and District Historical Society and Randwick City Library at Bowen Library, Maroubra. It is a free event, however bookings are essential.

Randwick: Our Victorian Neighbours exhibition

This exhibition explores the Victorian architecture of our beautiful suburb Randwick. Delve into the personalities who lived in these houses and explore what life would have been like for our Victorian neighbours. Exhibition is on display at Bowen Library, Maroubra from Thursday 1 September – Sunday 2 October 2016. Join us for the exhibition launch on Saturday 10 September at 12.30pm before Australia’s Greek Cafes & Milk Bars talk.  Refreshments will be served.

Visit the library calendar online for further information and to book.

We hope to see you there!

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