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Sydney – History Week 2010 ‘Faces in the Street’

September 4, 2010toSeptember 12, 2010

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Find your place in history – faces, places, photography, stories.  Find out about Sydney’s history.

  • 4 to 12 September 2010
  • City events are free, bookings are essential for some

City of Sydney is celebrating History Week 2010 with a series of free talks and exhibitions about the extraordinary experiences of Sydneysiders past and present.

“Faces in the Street” is the theme for this year’s History Week celebrations, held from 4 to 12 September. The theme explores the histories of the famous, the infamous and the everyday, bringing the past to life and encouraging people to find their own place in history.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said; “History Week is an important opportunity for all members of our community to learn about and celebrate the people, places and events that make our City what it is today.”

“With a program featuring over 150 events that celebrate the colourful lives of some of our most iconic characters, I encourage all City residents to get involved in History Week 2010.”

Highlights of the City’s History Week program:
City People, Sydney Stories – 4 September at Customs House Library 11am to 4pm

 Come along to Customs House Library for a fascinating day of illustrated talks on people in Sydney’s past. Join City curators, archivists and historians as they display rare archival photographs, showcase the City’s online oral history collection and talk about the lives and times of some of Sydney’s famous and infamous characters.

11:30am – Faces and Places: remembering City aldermen
12:30pm – Faces in the Street: demolition photographs from the City’s archives
1:30pm – Sydney Stories: oral histories online
2:30pm – Colourful characters of South Sydney
3:30pm – Afternoon tea

Cartoons by that Odd Mr. Sprod – 1 – 30 September at Kings Cross Library
Kings Cross Library is holding a retrospective exhibition celebrating the life and art of cartoonist George Napier Sprod. A long-time resident of Kings Cross, Sprod’s illustrations explore the changing people and places of Sydney throughout the twentieth century.

On the Streets of Surry Hills – 1 – 30 September at Surry Hills Library

Get acquainted with the work of Johnny Barker, a Sydney-based street photographer whose images focus on Central Station and the surrounding suburbs of Surry Hills, Redfern and Waterloo. On the Streets of Surry Hills explores these inner city spaces, presenting an important photographic record of modern life in Sydney.

On the BLOCK – 1 – 30 September at Waterloo Library

On the BLOCK is a frank and engaging record of everyday 21st century street life in Sydney’s inner city. This exhibition presents a selection of photographer Patricia Baillie’s work with Indigenous communities on ‘the Block’ in Redfern, a public space that plays an important role in contemporary urban Sydney.

History Week is an initiative of the History Council of NSW and this year features over 150 events across Sydney and NSW.

While all City events are free, bookings are essential for some events. Pick up an event calendar at a City library branch or head to: www.historyweek.com.au

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