Events at Mitchell Theatre

Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge

Bill Phippen: Building of the Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge (COSHA)

Bill Phippen presents recently rediscovered photographs from the completion of the Hawkesbury River Rail Bridge in 1889, for the City of Sydney Historical Association, held at the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts

**POSTPONED** From the Majestic to the Mundane with Richard White (Going Places #2)

**POSTPONED** Travel historian Richard White surveys the history of  a range of mineral spas in Australia, including the magnificent Hydro Majestic, and dips into some of the many excellent Australian spas in operation today.
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F.W. Murnau's Sunrise (1927)

Filmed right at the end of the silent era, Sunrise starring Janet Gaynor and George O'Brien is considered one of the masterpieces of the genre. Directed by FW Murnau
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Annual General Meeting 2020

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts will be held in the Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney on Tuesday 10 March 2020, commencing at 12:30pm.
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Friends in Conversation - Libby Christie (Friends of the Australian Ballet)

We are excited to introduce Friends in Conversation, a series of talks for 2020, our first being with Libby Christie, Executive Director of The Australian Ballet. 
Opera Bites

Opera Bites (Live Costumed Performance)

Members, join the Opera Bites company for 90 minutes of fun and beautiful melodies, sung by costumed performers, that will covering the history of opera
Queen Mary

Chris Frame — Southampton and the Queens

Cunard and ocean liner expert Chris Frame reveals the incredible story of Southampton and the Queens — the original Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth.
The Apartment

Billy Wilder's The Apartment (1960)

In Billy Wilder's The Apartment, Jack Lemmon plays an insurance clerk who allows executives to use his city apartment for their extra-marital affairs. Also stars Shirley MacLaine and Fred McMurray.
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King Kong’s Daddy — The life and times of Edgar Wallace with Walter Mason

Walter Mason celebrates the life and writing of pulp crime writer extraordinaire Edgar Wallace who also wrote the screenplay for 1933's King Kong.
Chinese Australian Historical Society

Lunar New Year Traditions and Memories (CAHS)

Apart from Chinese, the Lunar New Year is celebrated by many other Asian communities. CAHS hosts a panel of speakers from Vietnam, Korea, and Malaysia to talk about the Lunar New Year traditions and customs celebrated by their families and communities, and their memories.
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🎄 Dickens' A Christmas Carol with Geoff Usher 🎄

Join Geoff Usher for a special reading of Dickens' classic Christmas tale., A Christmas Carol.
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Tony Jones — In Darkness Visible

Tony Jones, one of Australia's most admired journalists, talks about his latest intriguing thriller In Darkness Visible.
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Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Stars Jimmy Stewart as a businessman who is contemplating suicide until his guardian angel shows him what the world would have been like without him in it.
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Dr Tim Heard — Australia's Native Bees

Dr Tim Heard reveals the beauty and diversity of Australia’s native bees including their social life, their role in the environment and what you can do to help them.
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‘Jane and D’Arcy-Folly is not always Folly’ (City of Sydney Historical Association - COSHA)

Did Jane Austen (1775-1817) have an Australian connection? In ‘Jane & D’Arcy’, Australian author Wal Walker makes this groundbreaking claim.
Convict Colony David Hill

Convict Colony — David Hill in conv. w/ Emily Booker

In conversation with Emily Booker, best-selling historian David Hill will discuss his new book, Convict Colony, which covers first three decades of Britain's earliest colony in Australia in a fresh and compelling way.
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White Tears Brown Scars — Ruby Hamad in conv. w/ Winnie Dunne & Willurai Kirkbright

What happens when racism and sexism collide? Ruby Hamad provides some confronting answers. White tears have a potency that silences racial…
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Gone to a Good Home (Documentary Screening)

Gone to a Good Home exposes how Australian authorities pressured many unmarried mothers from the 1950s to the 1970s to give up their babies for adoption.