Events at Mitchell Theatre

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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.
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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.

Tibor Molnar — What Scientists & Philosophers Need to Talk About...

Following on from his lecture, Scientists & Philosophers... Need to Talk! earlier in 2019, Tibor Molnar presents Part 2 of the series, exploring some of the issues Scientists and Philosophers need to chat about.
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The Holtermann Collection (City of Sydney Historical Association - COSHA)

Patrick Dodd from the Mitchell Library reveals the fascinating story behind the Holtermann Collection and show us some of the fascinating images from that time.
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Mackendrick's Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Susan Harrison, Sweet Smell of Success (1957) is a tale of corruption rumoured to be based on the real life Walter Winchell, a slanderous and libellous gossip columnist with mob connections
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Special General Meeting of Members


From Chop Suey to Chinoiserie Chic (Chinese Heritage Association of Australia - CHAA)

Dr Kathie Blunt takes us on a memorable tour of discovery of Chinese influence across the Australian cultural landscape from the colonial era to the present.
Journalist and speechwriter Michael Bodet explores the rich history two idiosyncratic suburbs that evolved from once scrubby grasslands to become multicultural enclaves, exploring the personal stories, oddities and peccadilloes of the Redfern and Surry Hills

Michael Bodey — 50 Secrets of Surry Hills & Redfern [SPEAKER CONNECT 2019]

50 Secrets of Surry Hills & Redfern explores the rich history of two idiosyncratic suburbs that evolved from once scrubby grasslands to become multicultural enclaves, along with the personal stories, oddities and peccadilloes that make them so vibrant.

Margaret Cameron-Ash — Lying for the Admiralty [HISTORY WEEK 2019]

How could Captain Cook, supposedly ‘the greatest navigator of his age’, have missed major coastal features such as the Bass Strait and Port Jackson? Margaret Cameron-Ash says makes the case that he obfuscated them, obeying secret orders from the Admiralty.

In Conversation: Chinese Australian Memories and Stories (Chinese Australian Historical Society - CAHS)

Special guest Margaret Yung Kelly, President of the Australia-China Friendship Society NSW Inc, will share some of her stories growing up in Shanghai during the 1930s, and her life in Australia since the 1950s.
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Emeritus Professor Ed Davis AM — The ABC in Crisis

Emeritus Professor Ed Davis AM asks what can be done to defend and maintain the ABC's strong, independent public broadcasting in the face of budget cuts.
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Luis Buñuel's The Exterminating Angel (1962)

In The Exterminating Angel, a surreal and macabre masterpiece of satire, a group of friends gather for dinner only to find that they cannot leave.