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Part of History Week

Sydney history exhibition: Virtual tour and curator talk

See event description for details on how to connect.

Thursday 10 September 2020 from 6pm to 7pm

You can join other History Week events including Sugar bags and specked fruit with City Historian Lisa Murray and In times of need with City Curator Margaret Betteridge.

 Tickets are also available for the upcoming Lunchtime Conversation with artist Cat Jones.

Please subscribe to our City of Sydney Library news to hear about other upcoming events.City of Sydney Library Lunchtime Conversations is a fortnightly series of free online talks with authors, artists and experts.

During History Week, join curator and historian Laila Ellmoos for a special guided tour of the virtual exhibition, Developing Sydney: Capturing Change 1900-1920.

At the dawn of the 20th century Sydney was in full march towards modernity. Old buildings were being demolished with rapid pace, leading to a sense among some that the city’s history was being lost. This Customs House exhibition available only online is an exciting opportunity to explore the streets of Sydney during this period of profound transformation. The striking streetscape photographs featured, are part of the collection of 5,000 photographs and glass plate negatives commissioned by the City Building Surveyor's department. In this fascinating 1-hour event, exhibition curator Laila Ellmoos will take you on tour of the virtual exhibition and share her favourite photographs of lost Sydney. There’ll also be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and find out more about the City's new Archives & History Resources catalogue.

About Laila Ellmoos

Laila is a professional historian who is passionate about communicating history to a wide range of audiences through exhibitions, talks and the written word. She is a historian at the City of Sydney, and a long-standing member of the Professional Historians Association of NSW & ACT.

This is a free event however bookings are essential. Please read your booking confirmation carefully for instructions on how to join the event on Zoom. You’ll need to install the free Zoom software on your own or computer or device to participate.

The guest speaker’s presentation will be followed by the opportunity to join smaller group discussions before a final Q&A session.

These events will be Auslan interpreted.


Thursday, 10th September, 6-7pm

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