The Refugee Experience

Join Deena Yako and Samah Shda from the Refugee Council of Australia for an interactive discussion to learn more about refugees and their experiences in coming to Australia.

Aches, Pains and Leeches: Introducing Medieval Medicine

Join Carmel Bendon in person as she explores the weird and wonderful world of medieval medicine in this illustrated talk.

Mechanics of Galaxy Evolution

Prof Sarah Brough joins us to explore what we do and don’t know about how galaxies beyond the Milky Way formed and changed over cosmic time.

Perspectives on War: Author Talk and Film Screening

Join us to start the Anzac weekend with a talk from Krista Vane-Tempest on her recent book Edith Blake’s War and a screening of the classic La Grande Illusion (1937) in 16mm film.

Film Matinee: Casablanca (1942)

Join us in person to watch Casablanca (1942) with an introduction by SMSA member, Peter Rainey.

Shining a Light on Australian Women Artists – Sheila Foundation

John Cruthers joins us in person to talk about Sheila: A Foundation for Women in Visual Art and the important work it is doing to shine a light on Australian women artists and their work.

Classic Film Night: The Round-Up (1965)

Join us to watch this classic film in 16mm Cinemascope print, with an introduction by SMSA member, Peter Rainey.

Virtual Talk: Food for thought: How does diet impact brain health?

Dr Emma Lea & Dr Maree Farrow join us via Zoom to explore the connection between diet and brain health.

Virtual Talk: Australian Architecture: A History with Davina Jackson

Dr Davina Jackson joins us via Zoom to explore the evolution of architecture in Australia.

VIRTUAL VIEWING PARTY: Scarlet Street (1945)

Join us via Zoom and Beamafilm to watch and discuss Scarlet Street (1945).

Virtual Talk: French Connection: Australia's cosmopolitan ambitions

Alexis Bergantz uncovers the surprising history of the French in 19th century Australia and their role in creating a more connected and cosmopolitan nation.

Virtual Talk: A Bloody Good Rant with Tom Keneally

Prolific author Tom Keneally joins us via Zoom to share his passions, memories and demons.
Rime of the ancient Mariner

Virtual Event: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

SMSA Poetry Group members present a reading of well-known poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner via Zoom.


Join us via Zoom and Beamafilm to watch and discuss Charade (1963).

Virtual Talk: Soil with Matthew Evans

Matthew Evans joins us via Zoom to tell the incredible story of what keeps the earth, and us, healthy.

Virtual Talk: Understanding Anxiety and Depression with Wayne Wigham

Wayne Wigham shares his own lived experience of mental illness as well as the latest information and tools from the Black Dog Institute.


Join us via Zoom and Beamafilm to watch and discuss Amour (2012).

Virtual Talk: Joseph Conrad’s Eastern Voyages with Ian Burnet

Ian Burnet explores the life and times of Joseph Conrad, sharing the extensive research behind his latest book, Joseph Conrad’s Eastern Voyages.