185th Birthday Banner SMSA

The Henry Carmichael Lecture

Join us for champagne and light refreshments and to hear about the life of Henry Carmichael, educational progressive, social reformer, and winegrower.

Perspectives on war: poetry and film

Join us to start the Anzac weekend with a selection of significant war poems and a screening of Kubrick’s film classic, Paths of Glory (1957).
Touring Australia by Road

Touring Australia by Road

Join Ian Scanlon as he shares his journeys around Australia with a group of historic car club members, and get inspiration for your next travel adventure.

Film Matinee: Innocence (2000)

The story of two separated lovers who fall in love again after more than forty years apart.
Sold out message Sydney's Invisible Women

Sydney’s Invisible Women

Join Jo Henwood as she highlights significant women of Sydney’s history and some amazing women still around today, celebrating their achievements by exploring their individual stories.
Sansho the Bailiff

Classic Film Night: Sansho the Bailiff (1954)

Join us to watch this Japanese classic in 16mm film, with an introduction by SMSA member, Peter Rainey.
Harold and Maude

Classic Film Matinee: Harold and Maude (1971)

Join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of much loved film, Harold and Maude, with an introduction by SMSA member, Peter Rainey.
Elizabeth & Elizabeth with Sue Williams

VIRTUAL TALK: Elizabeth & Elizabeth with Sue Williams

Sue Williams joins us to discuss her new novel, Elizabeth & Elizabeth, the story of two women who combined their courage and wisdom to wield extraordinary power and influence behind the scenes of the fledgling colony.
Medieval Market

VIRTUAL TALK: Life in Medieval Times

Carmel Bendon takes us on a journey back in time to explore medieval life and society.
Playtime (1967)


Clumsy Monsieur Hulot finds himself perplexed by the intimidating complexity of a gadget-filled Paris.
Living with Chronic Pain

VIRTUAL TALK: Living with Chronic Pain – the hidden world

Dr Dawn Macintyre joins us to share her personal experiences navigating the hidden world of chronic pain.

The Wreck – Meg Keneally in conversation with Leah Kaminsky

Join Meg Keneally in conversation with Leah Kaminsky as she takes us through her latest historical novel, The Wreck.


Join us via Zoom and Beamafilm to watch and discuss Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman (2017).
Le Cercle Rouge film still

VIRTUAL VIEWING PARTY Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

After leaving prison, master thief Corey crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic former policeman. The trio proceed to plot an elaborate heist.

VIRTUAL TALK: The Making of the Australian Working Class with Babette Smith

Join historian Babette Smith as she explains how the research for her book The Luck of the Irish reveals that the reaction of ordinary prisoners to the convict system was crucial to creating the Australian working class.

VIRTUAL TALK Climate change and the post-COVID world with Lesley Hughes

Lesley Hughes will provide an update on how we are tracking with emissions in relation to the Paris targets, how climate impacts are ramping up, and how we can use the lessons of the pandemic to shape a more positive future.
Molab Concept of a "Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV)", 1965 (Source: NASA)

VIRTUAL TALK Visions of Futures Past with Kerrie Dougherty

Space historian Kerrie Dougherty delves into the fascinating story of space projects that never were, from Britain, Europe, the USSR and Australia, as well as those of the US space program.

VIRTUAL TALK Intellectual Property with John August

John August discusses intellectual property and why it now has such a hold over our lives and our freedoms.