Tag Archives: National Library

Free screening of ‘Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine’ tomorrow night

By 20 June 2016
Matt Shepard is a friend of mine

[ 21 June 2016 at 5:30 pm; ]

I know this is late notice but maybe some will see it in time.


For Pride Month (increasingly meaningful with the horror of last week), the US embassy is screening ‘Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine’ at the National Library on June 21.

You can register here:

Here is an excerpt [...]

Best of Canberra – Autumn views

Manchurian Pears with National Gallery

There was only one nomination following our Best of Canberra – Autumn views call out, perhaps because it was for a contender that was such a shoe-in it wasn’t worth nominating any other site in the city.
The ornamental pears that line the Lake Burley Griffin promenade at Queen Elizabeth Terrace, starting in line with the [...]

Bill Gammage – The Future Makers

By 17 September 2014

[ 14 October 2014 at 6:00 pm; ] This talk sketches how Aboriginal people managed land at the time Europeans arrived (“1788”).

Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts, Their Makers and Readers at the National Library

By 29 November 2013

For those who like their culture historical, their history cultural, or just really dig knights and stuff like that, the NLA are holding a lecture on Medieval manuscripts:
Join Michelle Brown, Professor Emerita at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and Visiting Professor at University College London and Baylor University (Texas), as she reveals [...]

Media Standards in an Internet World lecture at National Library

By 13 August 2013

Some of you may be interested this:
2013 Kenneth Myer Lecture
Join Professor Julian Disney AO as he presents the 2013 Kenneth Myer Lecture, ‘Media Standards in an Internet World’.
Julian Disney is Chair of the Australian Press Council and a part-time Professor and Director of the Social Justice Project at the University of New South Wales. [...]

Miles Franklin award to be announced at the National Library

By 18 June 2013

This has come in which will no doubt be quite exciting to literary bods:
The Trust Company, as Trustee of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, and the 2013 judges, will be announcing the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award Winner, tomorrow Wednesday 19 June 2013.
The Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious literary prize [...]

National Library Enlightened

By 10 March 2013

Trevar has let us know about his little video from Enlighten.
Frequent RiotACT contributor MartyO had a lot of credits on this one!

Canberra gets some more TEDX love

By 1 March 2013

[ 17 April 2013 at 1:00 pm; ] For those of you who love some TEDX action, you’re in for a treat.

We fig­ured why wait until later in 2013 to have another TEDx­Can­berra event, so we’ve been work­ing behind the scenes for a cou­ple of months on some­thing for you – the TEDx­Can­ber­raSa­lon 2013!

Return­ing to our orig­i­nal venue, the National Library of [...]

Reel McCoy Film Group back for 2013

By 5 February 2013

The Reel McCoy film group returns for 2013 on Wed Feb 6 at 6pm at the National Library.
Membership available at the door.
Free entry to Friends of the National Library. Film showing is The Man in the White Suit (UK 1951) starring Alec Guinness.
Full details available at website:

Sky over lake. Images of Canberra

By 14 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Ozhair sent these in just before New Years:
The clouds yesterday evening looked like they’d make for an awesome sunset, so I grabbed my gear and headed down to the lake. Unfortunately, I forgot to pack spare batteries, but managed to get these pics before my camera died.

Got an image of Canberra you want to [...]

The National Library in HDR. Images of Canberra

By 15 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Ozhair has sent these in:
I was experimenting with the camera down by the lake a couple of days ago. The experimental shots turned out rubbish, so I grabbed a couple of HDRs of the Nat Library so that the drive wasn’t a total waste.

Gale Warning

By 12 August 2012

[ 3 September 2012; ] The celebrated British Novelist Patrick Gale will making his Canberra debut, reading at the National Library at 6pm on September 3rd, as part of his Australian Reading Tour. He will be promoting his new book; “A Perfectly Good Man.” Patrick has a world wide following of fans, and his books will appeal to anyone with [...]

Closure of car park at National Library

By 23 July 2012

Hi all,
The National Capital Authority has given notice that the dirt car park situated between the National Library and the Lake will be permanently closed (except for special events) from Friday next week. Parking in this area will henceforth become even tighter…
From the National Library website:
Changes to car parking
Posted on: 23rd July 2012
The National Capital [...]

2012 Community Heritage Grants applications closing 4 May 2012

By 16 April 2012

The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artifacts, letters, diaries, maps, [...]

Tapestry vandalism at the National Library

By 22 February 2012

ACT Policing arrested a man for throwing a cup of coffee onto a $300 000 tapestry on Monday morning (February 20) at the National Library of Australia.
The Myer Tapestry which had been donated to the Library was stained from the liquid. Laboratory staff at the library spent several hours cleaning it in an attempt [...]

7.30 ACT this week

By 11 November 2011

This in from the ABC.
1. Ngarigu Claim
The Ngunnawal people are recognised by the A.C.T. Government as the traditional owners of the region – a decision resisted by those identifying as Ngambri people.
Now there is a new claimant to the land – from the lesser known Ngarigu tribe.
2. UnderMined
Rural landowners around the country having been trying [...]

This week on 7.30 ACT. 7 October 2011

By 6 October 2011

This in from the 7.30 ACT team at the ABC:
7.30 ACT for Friday October 7th.
And so begins our second decade:
1. Gender Agenda
The High Court has just ruled in favour of two female to male transexuals – arguing that they should not have to undergo painful genital surgery in order to prove that they are now [...]

10 Centuries of manuscripts at the National Library. Handwritten

By 26 September 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 26 November 2011 to 18 March 2012. ]

There’s very little on the National Library’s website about this yet but Andrew Barr has announced that he’s spending $200,000 promoting a pretty amazing sounding exhibition of handwritten manuscripts at the National Library:

The Handwritten: Ten Centuries of Manuscript – Treasures from Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin exhibition will feature manuscripts, letters, sketches and musical scores handwritten [...]

7.30 ACT this week

By 22 September 2011

Coming up this week on 7.30 ACT on ABC1:
Chris Kimball to compere. ( Note next week, a special program to celebrate our 10th anniversary. The program’s original host, Kathleen Hyland will be returning to compere for the occasion. Kathleen got married, moved to Newcastle and has had three children since we last saw her. [...]

Jonathan Franzen at the National Library

By 29 August 2011

[ 14 September 2011 at 11:00 am; ] The National Library has the news that literary boat floater Jonathan Franzen will be speaking there.

Hear author of The Corrections Jonathan Franzen talk about his work in his exclusive Canberra appearance at the National Library on Wednesday 14 September.

Franzen’s most recent novel Freedom has been acclaimed as a modern masterpiece and has confirmed his [...]

Library by night. Images of Canberra.

By 26 August 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Brian has sent in this great shot of the National Library at night.
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The Library by night. Images of Canberra


Brian has sent in this photo of the National Library lit in moody blue by night.
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The sun in splendour. Images of Canberra


Richard has sent in two beauts of the amazing sunsets we’ve been having lately.

And Gareth has been an early bird capturing the sun’s rise:

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The luvvies rise up against the efficiency dividend

By 6 May 2011

The Herald Sun has a story on the sav blanc revolt at Canberra’s cultural insititutions as the efficiency dividend bites ever harder.
STAFF from the National Gallery, the National Library and the National Archives have held a protest meeting in Canberra over proposed cuts to jobs and services.
Last month, the public service was warned it would [...]

The slaughter of the national institutions?

By 22 February 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Senator Humphries is wailing and gnashing his teeth at efficiencies being imposed on Canberra’s National Institutions.
“Gillard Labor has ripped the guts out of our national institutions,” Senator Humphries said today.
– The Director of the National Museum of Australia, Andrew Sayers, revealed that he had called for voluntary redundancies in the order of 10% of the [...]

Film society turns 21 this year

By 10 February 2011

The Reel McCoy film society is turning 21 this year.
We started screening at the National Film and Sound Archive in 1990 and since 2009 have been at the National Library.
Screenings are every 2 weeks on Wednesdays at 6pm. Membership is available at screening from 5.30pm, 3 months $15, 6 months $30, 12 months [...]

Magical Mystery Tour@Nat Library

By 29 November 2010

I took my initially skeptical family to the Youth Theatre’s Retrieval at the National Library Saturday night, mainly on the promise of a backroom tour through the library. 
We got that and a wierd and wonderful Dr Who-ish grand production as we weaved through darkened spaces into new ‘situations’ full of  haunting characters, installations and atmospheric audio visual effects.
It all hangs together and has a thoughtful [...]

Henry Parkes Oration, free at the National Library

By 29 October 2010

[ 29 October 2010 at 6:30 pm; ]

Hello Rioters,

Tonight the annual Henry Parkes Oration is on at the National Library, 6.30pm, and it’s free:

The importance of public education as a fundamental building block of a sustainable democracy is the theme of the Oration, to be delivered by Associate Professor Lyndsay Connors. She will argue that Henry Parkes’ vision for public education [...]

NLA bags Flamsteed’s star map

By 7 July 2010

[Curator of Maps at the National Library, Martin Woods with the star atlas, picture courtesy of the NLA]
The National Library has announced their acquisition of a real treasure:
A seminal atlas by the first British Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed, of particular significance for Australia and the Pacific, has been acquired by the National Library [...]

Nick Cave at the Library

By 8 September 2009

[ 15 August 2009 9:00 am to 29 November 2009 5:00 pm. ] “A winter day suddenly came your way
And you ran into your mind”

Take a walk through the mind of Nick Cave. The journey is a bit weird, a bit voyeuristic, and still leaves a fair chunk of mystery. On show at the National Library is an enormous collection of ephemera from a creative life.

From photos of [...]

NCA shifting dirt around the lake to make them look busy

By 29 October 2008

For a few months now there appears to be work around the steps of the National Library, with the purpose of beautifying the area. Personally, I have seen nothing wrong with the stairs at the Library.
However, what would be helpful is if you could walk around the whole lake without crossing a road.
At the [...]

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