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Saturday 27 April 2019
Story of the Krait and Operation Jaywick  
Retired industrial engineer Mervyn Rosen reveals how a Japanese fishing boat, the Krait, manned by a group of allied commandos, carried out a raid on Japanese shipping in Singapore Harbour in 1943 becoming one of the most famous Allied boats in WWII. It’s now moored at the Maritime Museum.
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Time: 10:15am-12:30pm Apr 27 Cost: Free
Venue: hall, Herb Greedy Hall, 79 Petersham Rd, Marrickville
Submitted by: Marrickville Heritage Society
Enquiries: (02) 9557 3823   heritagesociety@optusnet.com.au
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Monday 29 April 2019
Godspeed: Casey Legler  
Famed and haunted by a career in the pool, Casey Legler - former Olympic swimmer, LGBTI advocate, fashion model, restaurateur and author - will share their incredible life story at a RightsTalk event in Sydney on 29 April.
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Time: 12:30pm-2:00pm Apr 29 Cost: Free
Venue: Level 61, King & Wood Mallesons, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Pl, Sydney
Submitted by: Australian Human Rights Commission rightstalk-casey-legler-public-t..
Enquiries: (02) 9284 9600   events@humanrights.gov.au
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Tuesday 30 April 2019
Safeguarding against elder abuse  
Attorneys Darryl Browne, chair of the Elder Law, Capacity and Succession Committee of the Law Society of NSW, and Richard McCullagh, author of Australian Elder Law, join us to discuss the serious issue of Elder Abuse, what the law is, and how to safeguard against it.
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Time: 10:30am-12:00pm Apr 30 Cost: Free - Everyone Welcome
Venue: Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA), Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts smsa.org.au/events
Enquiries: (02) 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.org.au
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Wednesday 1 May 2019
Spirituality in the Pub, Paddington  
Sharing the Journey - History in the making, following the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, Speakers: Noel Debien, ABC’s religion and ethics unit, and John Carmody, President of the Catholic Historical Society
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Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm May 01 Cost: Donation
Venue: Paddington RSL, 220-232 Oxford Street, Paddington
Submitted by: Paddington Spirituality in the Pub Www.catalystforrenewal.org.au
Enquiries: 0414873910   Mareadonovan@gmail.com
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Thursday 2 May 2019
Women and Science: Ada Lovelace  
Susannah Fullerton discusses the short life and far-reaching achievements of the only legitimate child of Lord Byron, Ada, Countess of Lovelace, who adored mathematics. Ada worked with Charles Babbage on his ‘analytical Engine’, writing the first computer programme and anticipating the implications of the computer a hundred years before anyone else
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm May 02 Cost: Cost $15 – SMSA & Royal Society Members/Fellows | $20 – Guests and General Entry
Venue: Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA), Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts smsa.org.au/events
Bookings: (02) 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.org.au
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Rachel Kushner: What it means to be free  
In conversation with the Man Booker finalist. Having dazzled readers with turns through pre-revolutionary Cuba Telex from Cuba and 1970s New York The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner’s exceptional literary streak continued last year with The Mars Room, immersing readers in the largest women’s prison in the United States.
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Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm May 02 Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations required
Venue: Lecture Theatre 200, SSB (Social Sciences Building), University of Sydney, Camperdown
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydne..
Enquiries: 0293512943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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Sydney Writers' Festival: Rusted Off by Gabrielle Chan  
To tell a story about contemporary Australia in 'Rusted Off', Guardian Australia’s political correspondent Gabrielle Chan went hyperlocal. She searched her own rural community’s main street for answers to the big questions driving voters. A timely author talk in the context of an upcoming Federal election.
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Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm May 02 Cost: $10 adults, $8 concessions
Venue: Barry O'Keefe Library, 605 Military Road, Mosman
Submitted by: Mosman Library Service www.trybooking.com/BBHRU
Enquiries: (02) 9978 4098   library@mosman.nsw.gov.au
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Monday 6 May 2019
His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Gongma Trizin Rinpoche  
His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin Rinpoche, is the eldest son of His Holiness Sakya Trichen (the 41st Sakya Trizin). He is considered one of the most highly qualified lineage masters of Tibetan Buddhism known for his erudition and the clarity of teachings. He will give a public talk in English on the The Beautiful World of Interdependence.
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Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm May 06 Cost: $45/$25
Venue: Rigpa Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre, 158 Australia St, Newtown
Submitted by: Rigpa Sydney sydney.rigpa.org.au/events-home/..
Bookings: 02 9211 5304  Enquiries: sydney@rigpa.org.au
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Tuesday 7 May 2019
A century of student activism in China  
Student activism in China dates back 100 years, but since their emergence as a political force in 1919, students have influenced landmark protests. Fabio Lanza, Timothy Cheek, Ruth Hayhoe and Wanning Sun will re-assess the legacy of China's original activists and its implication for today's generation of politically active students.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm May 07 Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations required
Venue: CPC auditorium, Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney, Camperdown
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydne..
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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Wednesday 8 May 2019
Secrets & Scars: battle stories from the literary frontline  
Caroline Baum is our keynote speaker at Society of Women Writers NSW Literary Luncheon. She'll share insights from a career talking to writers both on and off the stage, illustrate her experience of reading for a living, the pleasures and pressures of these author encounters. Be prepared for candid revelations!
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Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm May 08 Cost: Members: $45, Non Members: $50
Venue: Dixson Room, State Library of New South Wales, State Library of NSW, Mitchell Library, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Submitted by: Society of Women Writers NSW Inc www.womenwritersnsw.org/
Enquiries: (02) 0402 755 768  Bookings: swwlunchbooking@gmail.com
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Thursday 9 May 2019
Landmark Silent Films  
We are delighted to present a triple feature of landmark silent films on 16mm: Film by Samuel Beckett (1969), Un Chien Andalou (1929) and Battleship Potemkin (1925). The films will be introduced and given context by Peter Rainey.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:15pm May 09 Cost: Free - Everyone Welcome
Venue: Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA), Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts smsa.org.au/events
Enquiries: (02) 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.org.au
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Friday 10 May 2019
Thinking change for a changing world  
Sydney Jung Society President Robert Dommett investigates how cognitive outsourcing is affecting the strength and value of human cognition. He will address the choices we have in response to this challenge and focus on strengthening our thinking skills by applying the dialectical approach of third-wave Jungian Wolfgang Giegerich.
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Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm May 10 Cost: Members $15 Non-Members $25 Non-Member Concession $20
Venue: Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, Level 1, 280 Pitt St, Sydney
Submitted by: C G Jung Society of Sydney junginsydney.org.au
Enquiries: 0296604870   contact@junginsydney.org.au
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Monday 13 May 2019
The Battle of Isandlwana  
In 1879, in modern day KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, a British regiment and support units were wiped out by an Indigenous army. To commemorate the action historian Brad Manera will present a discussion on the weapons of the combatants and the interpretation of the battlefield, drawing some little-known connections to Australia.
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Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm May 13 Cost: $7.50
Venue: Sutherland Library, 30-36 Belmont St, Sutherland
Submitted by: Sutherland Shire Council Libraries www.eventbrite.com.au/e/brad-manera-pres..
Enquiries: (02) 97100351   library@ssc.nsw.gov.au
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Tuesday 14 May 2019
Heritage shoptops of Western Sydney  
Photographer Russell Workman discusses his heritage ‘Shoptops’ project that features the facades of suburban shops circa. 1870 to 1930 and captures a slice of history that is fast disappearing. As Russell says, it’s astounding what you see if you only you look up once in a while!
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Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm May 14 Cost: Free - Everyone Welcome
Venue: Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA), Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts smsa.org.au/events
Enquiries: (02) 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.org.au
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Friday 17 May 2019
Portsmouth and The First Fleet, 1786-87  
Cllr Lee Mason is the guest speaker at a reception to celebrate the 232nd Anniversary of the Sailing of the First Fleet from Portsmouth on 13 May 1787. The talk is based on the publication by historian, James H Thomas. Bookings close 10/05/2019.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm May 17 Cost: $35.00 incl light refreshments
Venue: Lord Mayor's Reception Room, Sydney Town Hall, 483 George St, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney-Portsmouth Sister City Committee
Enquiries: 4285 5685 or 0407 708 058  Bookings: kjsptonge@bigpond.com
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