SMSA https://smsa.org.au Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:33:04 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 Meet Tom Keneally in May https://smsa.org.au/events/event/tom-keneally-centre-2018/ Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:07:00 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?p=16027 Meet Tom Keneally in MayMeet Author Tom Keneally in the TKC this May.

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Meet Tom Keneally in May

Meet Author Tom Keneally in the TKC this May.

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Fiction Workshop with Claire Keegan https://smsa.org.au/events/event/fiction-workshop-with-claire-keegan/ Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:06:02 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=16024 Fiction Workshop with Claire KeeganImprove your prose and help others to do so in this fiction workshop with acclaimed Irish writer, Claire Keegan.

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Fiction Workshop with Claire Keegan

Event Organiser: Claire Keegan

 

Location: University of Technology
Sydney NSW

Date: 2 & 3 June, 2018

Time: 9:45am – 6:00pm
both days

Cost: $500

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Geo-Engineering: Messing with the Climate to undo our Current Mess https://smsa.org.au/events/event/geo-engineering-messing-with-the-climate-to-undo-our-current-mess/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:16:31 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=16021 Geo-Engineering: Messing with the Climate to undo our Current MessProf. Micheal Box poses questions in regards to appropriate action in combating climate change, and what might be the consequences be?

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Geo-Engineering: Messing with the Climate to undo our Current Mess

The increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is trapping more and more of the Earth’s outgoing infrared radiation, creating an imbalance between the inflow and outflow of energy. Our planet’s natural response to this “radiative forcing” is an increase in temperature: climate change.

If we do not like these changes, there are two things we might try to do. Ideally we would try to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, but that is easier said than done. Alternately we could re-establish the energy balance by blocking some of the incoming sunlight.

Join Associate Professor Micheal Box as he poses the questions – is Geo-Engineering something we should do? And if so, what might be the consequences?

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FREE – Everyone Welcome

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How Fiction Works — Masterclass with Irish Writer, Claire Keegan https://smsa.org.au/events/event/how-fiction-works-masterclass-with-irish-writer-claire-keegan/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 03:42:44 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=15974 How Fiction Works — Masterclass with Irish Writer, Claire KeeganJoin Irish writer Claire Keegan for a masterclass is designed for anyone who reads, writes, teaches or edits fiction. It will introduce and focus on fiction as a temporal art.

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How Fiction Works — Masterclass with Irish Writer, Claire Keegan

Join Irish writer Claire Keegan for a masterclass is designed for anyone who reads, writes, teaches or edits fiction. It will introduce and focus on fiction as a temporal art.

Whether you are a well known author or someone with a deepening interest in reading short stories or novels doesn’t matter; everyone is welcome to attend.

Full details:

‘How Fiction Works’ masterclass

10:00am-12:00pm
2 hour workshop, followed by lunch

Claire Keegan — Author Reading

1:00-2:00pm

Cost

Workshop & Lunch only

SMSA Members – $40
Non Members – $50

Reading Only

SMSA Members – $10
Non Members – $20

Workshop, Lunch & Reading Package

SMSA Members – $45
Non Members – $65

Bookings Essential

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or call (02) 9262 7300

PLEASE NOTE: All proceeds (apart from the cost of supplying lunch) will be donated to children’s charities. The specific charities will be advised shortly.

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GOOD LIFE: Being a Savvy Consumer — a CHOICE perspective https://smsa.org.au/events/event/good-life-being-a-savvy-consumer-a-choice-perspective/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 01:29:20 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=15992 GOOD LIFE: Being a Savvy Consumer — a CHOICE perspectiveCHOICE's Policy and Campaign experts reveal how you can be a savvy consumer on issues ranging from life insurance to free range eggs.

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GOOD LIFE: Being a Savvy Consumer — a CHOICE perspective

The Good Life Series

Being a consumer in today’s world of mass-information, big business and new technology can make it difficult to make smart and informed choices.

CHOICE‘s Policy and Campaign experts Katinka Day and Xavier O’Halloran reveal how you can be a savvy consumer on issues ranging from life insurance to free range eggs.

FREE — Everyone welcome

No Bookings Required!

Light refreshments will be served following the talk.

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Booking Form — Claire Keegan Workshop & Reading https://smsa.org.au/events/booking-form-claire-keegan-workshop-reading/ Sat, 21 Apr 2018 13:38:40 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?page_id=16003 Booking Form — Claire Keegan Workshop & ReadingBooking Form — Claire Keegan Workshop & Reading

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Booking Form — Claire Keegan Workshop & Reading

Events

Claire Keegan —
‘How Fiction Works’ masterclass

10:00am-1:00pm
Wednesday, 30 May 2018
2 hour workshop, followed by lunch

Claire Keegan —
Author Reading

1:00-2:00pm,
Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Cost

Workshop & Lunch only

SMSA Members – $40
Non Members – $50

Reading Only

SMSA Members – $10
Non Members – $20

Workshop, Lunch & Reading Package

SMSA Members – $45
Non Members – $65

PLEASE NOTE: All proceeds (apart from the cost of supplying lunch) will be donated to children’s charities. The specific charities will be advised shortly.

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Ian Burnet — Where Australia Collides with Asia: Banks, Wallace & Darwin https://smsa.org.au/events/event/ian-burnet-where-australia-collides-with-asia-banks-wallace-darwin/ Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:53:43 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=15972 Ian Burnet — Where Australia Collides with Asia: Banks, Wallace & DarwinIan Burnet follows the seminal historical journeys of Sir Joseph Banks, Charles Darwin & Alfred Russel Wallace to discover Where Australia Collides with Asia

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Ian Burnet — Where Australia Collides with Asia: Banks, Wallace & Darwin

Ian Burnet returns to the SMSA to talk about his latest book, Where Australia Collides with Asia:

Ian will discuss the epic voyages of natural history of Continent Australia and the British naturalists Joseph Banks, Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. Each of these naturalists made huge contribution to our understanding of the unique flora and fauna of Australia, the effect of geological forces on the diversity of life forms in the natural world, and the origin of species.

Ian has used their original diaries, letters and publications to tell a remarkable story of natural history and adventure.

free — Everyone welcome

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Classic Film Night —Singing In the Rain (1952) https://smsa.org.au/events/event/classic-film-night-singing-in-the-rain-1952/ Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:50:00 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=15964 Classic Film Night —<i>Singing In the Rain</i> (1952)Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds star in this happy-go-lucky musical about silent film stars facing the reality of acting in these new fangled "talkies".

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Singing In the Rain (1952)">Classic Film Night —<i>Singing In the Rain</i> (1952)

Classic Film Night

One of the most loved films of all time, Singing in the Rain is set in 1927 Hollywood, around the advent of sound in motion pictures.

The latest film of silent movie stars Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagens) a “talkie”…and a musical, no less. The only problem? Lina’s horrendous voice.

Offscreen, Don, aided by his happy-go-lucky friend and piano accompanist, Cosmo Brown (Donald O’Connor), has to dodge Lina’s romantic advances, especially when he starts to fall for chorus girl Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds).

Kathy is brought on to dub Lina’s speaking and singing voice in secret, Don’s on top of the world, and all is well – until Lina finds out!

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Jane Mathews — The Art of Living Alone & Loving It https://smsa.org.au/events/event/jane-mathews-the-art-of-living-alone-loving-it/ Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:44:26 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=15959 Jane Mathews — The Art of Living Alone & Loving ItLiving solo, whether by choice or by chance, is not without it’s challenges. Cooking for one, juggling finances, keeping loneliness at bay, and dealing with the societal perception (conscious or not) that living alone is the runner-up prize. Join Living Alone and … Continued

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Jane Mathews — The Art of Living Alone & Loving It

Living solo, whether by choice or by chance, is not without it’s challenges. Cooking for one, juggling finances, keeping loneliness at bay, and dealing with the societal perception (conscious or not) that living alone is the runner-up prize.

Join Living Alone and Loving It author Jane Mathews as she shares insights and advice on how to be truly content living alone.

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Call for interest in a new Mystery & Crime Reading Group https://smsa.org.au/2018/04/19/call-for-interest-in-a-new-mystery-crime-reading-group/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:37:37 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?p=15953 Call for interest in a new Mystery & Crime Reading GroupCalling all Mystery and Crime fans! We are calling for members who are interested in participating in second Mystery & Crime Reading Group — and would like your feedback on when and how it should be run.

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Call for interest in a new Mystery & Crime Reading Group

Calling all Mystery and Crime fans!

Our original Mystery & Crime Reading Group has been meeting every fourth Saturday for 13 years and has a large group of regular participants — but it is reaching a tipping point with regards to group size.

We are calling for members who are interested in participating in second Mystery & Crime Reading Group — and would like your feedback on when and how it should be run.

The Board is also calling for members interested in coordinating the meetings of the new Reading Group.

Register your interest

Please Note: This is a Members’ Group – however New Members are always welcome!

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Walter Mason — Glamorous Paris: Colette https://smsa.org.au/events/event/walter-mason-glamorous-paris-colette/ Wed, 18 Apr 2018 23:44:32 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=15955 Walter Mason — Glamorous Paris: ColetteGlamorous Paris is a brand‐new series of talks by Walter Mason, which explores the fascinating and often glamorous worlds of the most fabulous Parisian authors, including Colette.

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Walter Mason — Glamorous Paris: Colette

Glamorous Paris

The glorious Colette was one of France’s best-loved writers, and her astute and charming novels also had a big impact in the English-speaking world.

In this second installment of the Glamorous Paris series, Walter Mason looks at the many-lives of Colette – from being her husband’s ghost-writer to managing her own chain of beauty salons. Her often-scandalous and always interesting life informed an impressive literary output and saw her become one of the great literary treasures of Paris.

Come along and find out why you should read all of the wonderful novels of Colette!

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Watch SMSA’s 185th Anniversary Acknowledged in NSW Parliament https://smsa.org.au/2018/04/17/watch-smsas-185th-anniversary-acknowledged-in-nsw-parliament/ Tue, 17 Apr 2018 03:49:12 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?p=15944 Watch SMSA’s 185th Anniversary Acknowledged in NSW ParliamentOn 12 April 2018, the Hon. Daniel Mookhey, MLC yesterday acknowledged the recent 185th Anniversary of the the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts. Watch online.

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Watch SMSA’s 185th Anniversary Acknowledged in NSW Parliament

On 12 April 2018, the Hon. Daniel Mookhey, MLC yesterday acknowledged the recent 185th Anniversary of the the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts.

President Winsome Allen and Vice Presidents Cecile Cornford and Paul Reid were present as guests.

Mr Mookhey had recently attended the School’s 185th Anniversary dinner as a special guest.

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Opening Hours for ANZAC Day 2018 https://smsa.org.au/2018/04/17/opening-hours-for-anzac-day-2018/ Tue, 17 Apr 2018 03:30:02 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?p=15937 Opening Hours for ANZAC Day 2018The Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts will be CLOSED on Wednesday, 25th April 2018 for the ANZAC Day Public Holiday.

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Opening Hours for ANZAC Day 2018

The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts will be CLOSED on Wednesday, 25th April 2018 for the ANZAC Day Public Holiday.

However, the we will be OPEN business as usual on other days.

We wish all our members and clients a safe and relaxing break!
SMSA Board and Staff.

 

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Spam, Scams and Ransomware (A Byte of the Pie Software) https://smsa.org.au/events/event/spam-scams-and-ransomware-a-byte-of-the-pie-software/ Tue, 10 Apr 2018 06:07:08 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=15925 Spam, Scams and Ransomware (A Byte of the Pie Software)Come along to this popular talk to learn the difference between spam, scams and ransomware, and how to better protect yourself and your personal information.

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Spam, Scams and Ransomware (A Byte of the Pie Software)

Event Organiser: A Byte of the Pie Software

 

Come along to this popular talk to learn the difference between spam, scams and ransomware, and how to better protect yourself and your personal information.

Cost: $55 + Booking Fee

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Places are limited so please book early

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New Books — April 2018 https://smsa.org.au/new-library-books/new-books-april-2018/ Mon, 09 Apr 2018 05:58:39 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?page_id=15843 New Books — April 2018The new books for April 2018 are now available to borrow, with new ebooks and audiobooks. We hope you enjoy them! New books may be borrowed for a period of two weeks only and may not be renewed. Books remain … Continued

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New Books — April 2018

The new books for April 2018 are now available to borrow, with new ebooks and audiobooks.

We hope you enjoy them!

  • New books may be borrowed for a period of two weeks only and may not be renewed.
  • Books remain listed as “New Books” for two months.
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New Books by Genre

Biography
Cooking
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General Fiction
Historical Fiction
Mystery
Non Fiction
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Travel

New eBooks, etc.

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New Books – March 2018 https://smsa.org.au/new-library-books/new-books-march-2018/ Mon, 09 Apr 2018 03:47:20 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?page_id=15845 New Books – March 2018The new books for March 2018 are now available to borrow, with new ebooks and audiobooks. We hope you enjoy them! New books may be borrowed for a period of two weeks only and may not be renewed. Books remain … Continued

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New Books – March 2018

The new books for March 2018 are now available to borrow, with new ebooks and audiobooks.

We hope you enjoy them!

  • New books may be borrowed for a period of two weeks only and may not be renewed.
  • Books remain listed as “New Books” for two months.
Search the Library Catalogue

New Books by Genre

Animal Stories
Biography
Classics
Cooking
Craft
Gardening
General Fiction
Historical Fiction
Mystery
Non Fiction
Poetry
Romance
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Travel

New eBooks, etc.

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Thank You from our President https://smsa.org.au/2018/04/04/a-message-from-our-president/ Tue, 03 Apr 2018 23:34:04 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?p=15871 Thank You from our PresidentI would like, personally and on behalf of my fellow directors, to thank all our wonderful members who were able to join us to celebrate our 185th Anniversary at our special events recently.

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Thank You from our President

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Provenance by Ann Leckie https://smsa.org.au/limelight/provenance-by-ann-leckie/ Thu, 29 Mar 2018 05:45:12 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=limelight&p=15840 Provenance by Ann LeckieProvenance by Ann Leckie is a engaging sci-fi novel, perfect for those new to the genre.

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Provenance by Ann Leckie

To quote LP Hartley “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there”.  The future is also a foreign country, as Provenance by Ann Leckie reminds the reader.

Most Sci-Fi focuses on science and technology, centering plots around the how and why of space travel, aliens, weaponry and alien planets. Provenance focuses entirely on the characters, human descendants and alien alike. The first page introduces Ingray , a young female from a political family who is trying to break a convicted felon out of maximum security prison.  The reason behind her plan becomes clear as the narrative describes her home and adoptive family, their planet, circling space stations, interstellar transit gates and local politics. Not to mention, interstellar politics!

Ingray was herself adopted as a young child by her District’s political leader.  The heir of the District can only be named after either Ingray or her brother, also adopted, prove themselves worthy of succession. Ingray’s naive plan to make use of a felon to best her brother both complicates and simplifies further events in the story, not to mention solving the murder of a visiting alien Ambassador in the local park.

I’ve not read any works by Ann Leckie previously and was very pleased to discover characters and settings not too alien to Earth.  Some Sci-Fi is just hard going as they introduce too many new concepts and ideas to the leisure reader. Leckie emphasises the characters first and foremost; the reader picks up background information by its inter-action with Ingray, her friends and family.

Recommended for those who may not usually read Sci-Fi.

Find Provenance by Ann Leckie in the SMSA Library Catalogue

 

Belinda Coombs
Member of the SMSA Mystery & Crime Reading Book

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David McKnight — Populism Now! https://smsa.org.au/events/event/david-mcknight-populism-now/ Thu, 29 Mar 2018 05:44:36 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=15824 David McKnight — Populism Now!Populism can be a dirty word. Certainly, Brexit and the election of Donald Trump have given populism a bad name, and it is often associated with rabble-rousing and exclusion. But can it be harnessed as a positive force for change? … Continued

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David McKnight — Populism Now!

Populism can be a dirty word.

Certainly, Brexit and the election of Donald Trump have given populism a bad name, and it is often associated with rabble-rousing and exclusion.

But can it be harnessed as a positive force for change?

David McKnight joins us to make the case for progressive populism, arguing that it could address the genuine economic grievances of everyday people, without scapegoating immigrants or ethnic minorities. And that may be the best way of defeating the racist backlash of right-wing populism.

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The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz https://smsa.org.au/limelight/the-girl-who-takes-an-eye-for-an-eye-by-david-lagercrantz/ Thu, 29 Mar 2018 05:28:44 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=limelight&p=15836 The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David LagercrantzDavid Lagercrantz's The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye is the fifth novel of the Lisbeth Salander series, which started with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz

David Lagercrantz’s The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye is the fifth book of the Lisbeth Salander series which started with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  Written in the Scandi Noir style, though not from the classic police point of view, it is the second installment written by Lagercrantz, who took up the mantle after creator Stieg Larsson died.

As far as sequels go, it follows seamlessly from The Girl in the Spider’s Web, though the reader remains unclear exactly how Lisbeth ends up in jail so soon after saving a small boy’s life. The first four novels delivered, in spades, the gritty horror which makes Scandi Noir such a popular genre.  Beneath the intense weather of Stockholm lies surprising brutality, racism and murder.  This release carries several sub-plots, including arcane experimentation on twins separated from childhood (as was Lisbeth and her twisted sister Camilla) and a Bangladeshi arranged marriage which ends with two deaths and more planned.

The first four books wove complex sub-plots seamlessly together, always with a forward direction, always keeping the reader in suspense and hungrily reading far into the night. This current offering has lost that flow and intensity of plot and dialogue, leaving the reader skipping pages in order to get back to sections involving our anti-heroine. The joy of the fourth book lay in a voyage of self-discovery as Lisbeth found she was capable of acts of great kindness without losing her sense of identity.  She is the perfect foil to Mikael Blomkvist, the focused leading journalist of the Millennium magazine.  Despite the abrupt joinery between sub-plots, all comes together in a satisfactory manner in the final chapters.

It is hoped that the next book will revert to true Larsson quality.

Find The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz in the SMSA Library Catalogue.

 

Belinda Coombs
Member of the SMSA Mystery & Crime Reading Group

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Nadia Jamal — Headstrong Daughters https://smsa.org.au/events/event/nadia-jamal-headstrong-daughters/ Thu, 29 Mar 2018 02:35:03 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=15820 Nadia Jamal — Headstrong DaughtersIn Headstrong Daughters, Nadia Jamal takes us inside the lives of ordinary Muslim women from around Australia, showing how they find ways to stay true to their faith — and to themselves.

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Nadia Jamal — Headstrong Daughters

In Headstrong Daughters, Nadia Jamal takes us inside the lives of ordinary Muslim women from around Australia.

They are working professionals, mothers, and students. At home they are finding ways to stay true to their faith as well as to themselves, navigating the expectations of their families and the traditions they brought with them to their new country.

These candid and moving stories reveal a side to Australian life that is little known and often misunderstood. Inspiring, warm and determined, these women are the new face of Islam in Australia.

For this event, Nadia will be hosted in-conversation by publisher Elizabeth Weiss.

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Russell Workman — Uncle Jack, Australian Lighthorseman https://smsa.org.au/events/event/uncle-jack-australian-lighthorseman/ Thu, 29 Mar 2018 02:15:11 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=15811 Russell Workman — Uncle Jack, Australian LighthorsemanPhotographer Russell Workman delves into his family archives to share never-before-seen photos and stories of his Uncle Jack's experience serving in WWI as a Lighthorseman in Palestine.

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Russell Workman — Uncle Jack, Australian Lighthorseman

Photographer Russell Workman delves into his family archives to share photos and stories of his Uncle Jack’s experience serving in WWI as a Lighthorseman in Palestine.

These unique and never-before-seen images have been scanned and restored from tiny photographs that were developed in Palestine at the time, and give a fascinating insight into the day-to-day lives of the Lighthorse.

Russell will also share an interesting twist of co-incidence regarding Jack’s brother Harold who served in WW2.

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Walter Mason — Magnificent Obsessions: Claudia Chan Shaw https://smsa.org.au/events/event/walter-mason-magnificent-obsessions-claudia-chan-shaw/ Thu, 29 Mar 2018 01:55:53 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=15804 Walter Mason — Magnificent Obsessions: Claudia Chan ShawClaudia Chan Shaw joins Walter Mason to talk about her roots, how she became so interested in style and design, and the reasons she is such a passionate collector for the first talk in our new series, Magnificent Obsessions.

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Walter Mason — Magnificent Obsessions: Claudia Chan Shaw

Walter Mason discovers what inspires well-known Australians, what are their passions and what gives them joy in our new series of talks, Magnificent Obsessions.

In the first talk of the series, Walter talks to designer, author and Collector’s alumni Claudia Chan Shaw about her roots, how she became so interested in style and design, and the reasons she is such a passionate collector.

 

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Walter Mason — Glamorous Paris: Proust https://smsa.org.au/events/event/glamorous-paris-proust/ Thu, 29 Mar 2018 01:19:43 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=15787 Walter Mason — Glamorous Paris: ProustFor our new Glamorous Paris series, Walter Mason delves into Proust’s glamorous milieu, his tortured personal life and just what makes his book, À La Recherche Du Temps Perdu, a remarkable work of art.

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Walter Mason — Glamorous Paris: Proust

Glamorous Paris

Marcel Proust is famous for his cork‐lined room, his invalidism as art form and for writing one of the longest and most famous novels of the 20th century.

Walter Mason delves into Proust’s glamorous milieu, his tortured personal life and just what makes his book, À La Recherche Du Temps Perdu (Remembrance of Things Past, or In Search of Lost Time) a remarkable work of art.

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Anne McLeod — Marie Byles: The Summit of Her Ambition https://smsa.org.au/events/event/anne-mcleod-marie-byles-the-summit-of-her-ambition/ Wed, 28 Mar 2018 07:33:44 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=15785 Anne McLeod — Marie Byles: The Summit of Her AmbitionAnne McLeod celebrates the exceptional life of Marie Byles, the first woman admitted as a solicitor in NSW, a social activist, environmentalist, mountaineer and early Western Buddhist.

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Anne McLeod — Marie Byles: The Summit of Her Ambition

Marie Byles was at the forefront of social change as the first woman to be admitted as a solicitor in NSW. She established a successful practice in 1929 and fought for women’s equal rights in law, including that of equal guardianship rights for mothers (1934).

Marie was also a devoted bushwalker and eminent conservationist. As Australia’s first environmental lawyer, Marie helped reserve precious wilderness areas for national parks.

A fearless explorer-mountaineer, she travelled the world in search of virgin peaks and learnt mindfulness meditation in Burma. Her books on Buddha’s teachings influenced a generation of seekers in the 1960s.

Anne McLeod celebrates Marie’s exceptional life as a social activist, environmentalist, mountaineer and early Western Buddhist, illustrated with Marie’s own photographs.

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SENIORS FESTIVAL: With Age, Art and Life Become One https://smsa.org.au/events/event/with-age-art-and-life-become-one/ Wed, 28 Mar 2018 07:11:29 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=15797 SENIORS FESTIVAL: With Age, Art and Life Become OneOur panelists discuss ways to harness our creativity as we get older, as well as looking at positive representations of aging in art.

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SENIORS FESTIVAL: With Age, Art and Life Become One

Lots of people give up their creative pursuits over their lifetime – the pressures of work and family leave little time for much else. At the same time, older people are rarely the subjects of art.

This forum will hear from a range of people – Sue Goldfish, Film-maker and Manager and Producer of the UNSW Creative Practice Lab, Paul Delprat, Principal of the Julian Ashton Art School, Jenny Beach, artist and gallery owner from the Central West of NSW who completed her degree in Fine Arts at the National Art School after a successful career in public health, and Emilya Colliver, owner of Art Pharmacy and curator of the second Art of Ageing exhibition.

Come along, join the discussion, and tap into a more creative way of living.

 

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Everyone Welcome

 

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Classic Film Night — All About Eve (1950) https://smsa.org.au/events/event/mankiewiczs-all-about-eve-1950/ Tue, 27 Mar 2018 07:37:08 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=15776 Classic Film Night — <i>All About Eve</i> (1950)All About Eve stars Bette Davis as Margo Channing, an award-winning Broadway star who takes an aspiring actress, Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) under her wing. But Eve will do anything to reach the top, backstabbing Margo any chance she can get.

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All About Eve (1950)">Classic Film Night — <i>All About Eve</i> (1950)

Classic Film Night

“Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”
— Margo Channing, All About Eve

Bette Davis stars as Margo Channing, the award-winning Broadway star who takes an aspiring actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) under her wing as her assistant. Eve, for her part, seems star struck and over-awed to be working with her idol, winning everyone over with her charm.

But it’s all an act, and Eve will do anything to reach the top, backstabbing Margo any chance she can get. Margo’s increasing suspicion is dismissed by her friends as the bitter jealousy of an aging star, even when Eve manipulates events so that she shines on stage as Margo’s understudy to rave reviews.

One of the truly great films of classic Hollywood cinema, All About Eve is also notable for Marilyn Monroe’s small, but shining, pre-stardom appearance as an ambitious starlet at Margo’s cocktail party and Thelma Ritter as Birdie. The costumes, designed by Edith Head, are also stunning.

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Easter Opening Hours 2018 https://smsa.org.au/2018/03/27/easter-opening-hours-2018/ Tue, 27 Mar 2018 06:06:00 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?p=15771 Easter Opening Hours 2018SMSA will be CLOSED over the Easter holiday weekend (Good Friday to Easter Monday, inclusive). The Library will be re-open for business as usual Tuesday, 3 April at 8:45am. We wish all our members and clients a safe and relaxing … Continued

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Easter Opening Hours 2018

SMSA will be CLOSED over the Easter holiday weekend (Good Friday to Easter Monday, inclusive).

The Library will be re-open for business as usual Tuesday, 3 April at 8:45am.

We wish all our members and clients a safe and relaxing break!
SMSA Board and Staff

 

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SENIORS FESTIVAL: To Die Will Be An Awfully Big Adventure https://smsa.org.au/events/event/seniors-festival-to-die-will-be-an-awfully-big-adventure/ Mon, 26 Mar 2018 05:21:41 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=15727 SENIORS FESTIVAL: To Die Will Be An Awfully Big AdventureCome along and join the discussion with Tom Keneally, Ken Hillman, Colleen Cartwright and Kerrie Noonan, as we remember that death is just the last adventure of our life.

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SENIORS FESTIVAL: To Die Will Be An Awfully Big Adventure

It’s the last big adventure… just not one we talk about very often. But how do you want to die? How do you want to be cared for? Who do you want involved in the caring? And how do you want to say goodbye?

Thomas Keneally, author of the soon to be released Two Old Men Dying, Prof. Ken Hillman, intensive care specialist and author of A Good Life to the End, Kerrie Noonan, Director of the Groundswell Project and Prof. Colleen Cartwright expert in Advanced Care Planning will make the case for us all to get more comfortable with death, and answer your questions about the practicalities of making sure your needs are known and followed.

Come along and join the discussion, as we remember that death is just the last adventure of our life.

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SMSA’s Board of Directors for 2018 https://smsa.org.au/2018/03/23/smsas-board-of-directors-for-2018/ Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:36:41 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?p=15731 SMSA’s Board of Directors for 2018On Tuesday, 20 March 2018, the SMSA held its Annual General Meeting at which the members elected directors to fill 5 vacant positions on the Board.

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SMSA’s Board of Directors for 2018

Election Results

On Tuesday, 20 March 2018, the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts held its Annual General Meeting.

Eight nominations had been received for five vacant directorships.

The successful candidates, elected by the members, were:

Shirley Hunt
Carole O’Brien
Lesley Scanlon
Eugene Stawski
Geoff Webb

Thanks were also given to the unsuccessful candidates.

As per By-Law 13.2 b. “The Board shall determine which Directors are to fill the offices of Treasurer and Vice Presidents at the first Board meeting after theAnnual General Meeting.” The office holders were appointed at the April 2018 Board meeting and are indicated at left.

Governance

The SMSA is constituted by the Act of Incorporation 1886 and the Amended Acts of 1929 and 1940 and governed by our By-laws.

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