August Guest Speaker: Margot Riley
Margot Riley is a cultural historian and curator at the State Library of NSW. With special interests in photography and popular culture, she has curated numerous exhibitions and displays for the library and has written and lectured extensively about its collections. In 2016 she prepared the successful nomination leading to the inscription of the Big Negs on the International register of the Memory of the World, only the second Australian listing to be achieved.
Topic: The Arch of Strength and Beauty
The Sydney Harbour Bridge recently celebrated its 90th anniversary. One of the largest urban development projects ever seen in Australia, the design and building of the bridge was a technological marvel in its day. Connecting the Sydney CBD to its northern suburbs for the first time, it provided more than a link between the city's two shores. Sydneysiders, caught up in the excitement of the spectacle taking place before their eyes, were moved to capture what they saw in words and pictures. One keen amateur photographer, known only as Mrs Frank Smith, took on the bridge as the subject of her personal ‘passion project’. Come along and hear Curator Margot Riley talk about the rich collections of Sydney Harbour Bridge memorabilia gathered by the State Library of NSW since the opening of the bridge on 19 March 1932.
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The Society, founded in 1958, aims to promote both public knowledge and research into local history, including the way in which the histories of the City of Sydney and the NSW State have impacted on the development of the North Shore.
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