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August 2018

Peter Hobbins, “Sydney Quarantine Station, North Head”

August 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
City of Canada Bay Museum, 1 Bent Street
Concord, NSW 2137 Australia
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Sailing to Australia in 1835, 16-year-old John Dawson watched in alarm as three of his sisters developed smallpox.  Although all survived this dreaded disease, their faces bore tell-tale scars for the rest of their lives.  Yet John left an even more enduring memento of his family's perilous voyage in the soft sandstone of North Head, at the entrance to Sydney Harbour. Carving a lengthy message proclaiming that the Dawsons had "landed here to perform quarantine", John began a tradition that…

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September 2018

Television v Cinemas

September 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
City of Canada Bay Museum, 1 Bent Street
Concord, NSW 2137 Australia
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At the end of WWII Sydneysiders spent a great deal of their spare time going to the movies.  Almost every suburb had at least one, two or even more picture theatres.  In total, at that time, there were 145 suburban theatres in the Sydney Metropolitan area. With the coming of licensed clubs and televisions, the motion picture industry suffered greatly with more than fifty percent of cinemas closing in the space of 5 years. These talks are open to everyone. …

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