Events at Henry Carmichael Theatre

Collapse and everything after: what can we learn from the fall of ancient civilisations?

Associate Professor Dan Penny joins us to explore what we can learn from the fall of ancient civilisations.

Rum: A Distilled History Of Colonial Australia (COSHA)

City of Sydney Historical Association Event. Rum: A Distilled History Of Colonial Australia. Speaker: Matt Murphy.

Film Matinee: A Night at the Opera (1935)

Join us to watch this classic film with an introduction by SMSA member, Peter Rainey.

Navigating Teen Mental Health for Grandparents & Carers *EVENT CANCELLED*

Find out how to support the mental health of the upcoming generation in this panel discussion designed for grandparents, parents and carers of young people.

Classic Film Night: The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

Join us to watch film classic, The Spirit of the Beehive (1973), with an introduction by Peter Rainey.

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.

Look Up Sydney: from the Ground Up with Margaret Betteridge (COSHA)

City of Sydney Historical Association Event. Look Up Sydney: from the Ground Up, Speaker: Margaret Betteridge.

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.

The Mighty Sunderland Flying Boat by Denis Smith (COSHA)

City of Sydney Historical Association event. Speaker Denis Smith on the mighty Sunderland Flying Boat - in War and Peace.

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.
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Annual General Meeting 2022

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts will be held in the Henry Carmichael Theatre, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney on Tuesday 15 March 2022, commencing at 12:30pm.

Riches to Rags and Riches Again – the Story of Surry Hills (COSHA)

Join speaker Dick Whitaker for City of Sydney Historical Association to follow the journey of Surry Hills from desirable address, to inner city slum and to back on the the rich-listers agendas.

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.

AGM & The Convict Valley (COSHA)

City of Sydney Historical Association AGM and talk from guest speaker Mark Dunn writer of The Convict Valley.

Heritage Houses of Parramatta River **POSTPONED**

Join Angela Pippen for City of Sydney Historical Society to learn about the historic houses of Parramatta River.