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Dickens and "Oliver Twist"

Oliver Twist was one of Charles Dickens' earliest novels, and it remains his most popular. Its beloved characters quickly became cultural archetypes and have remained so for more than 170 years. At the time of its release, Oliver’s plight affected the Victorian cultural perception of childhood, poverty and the dispossessed. No longer could these be ignored by the ‘haves’ in society. Walter Mason, vice-president of the NSW Dickens Society, examines how this remarkable novel managed... [More]
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Dickens and "Oliver Twist"

Oliver Twist was one of Charles Dickens' earliest novels, and it remains his most popular. Its beloved characters quickly became cultural archetypes and have remained so for more than 170 years. At

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Beowulf: the First Great English Epic

The first heroic epic to be written in vernacular English, Beowulf is a moving and beautiful narrative poem set in the early 6th century. Beowulf begins by battling the dread monsters who represent the evils that lay beyond the Great Hall and is victorious. But when he is an old king he is forced to fight a dragon from the depths all alone. This literary endeavour to reconcile ancient pagan beliefs within a new Christian paradigm laid the tracks for many creative works that... [More]
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Beowulf: the First Great English Epic

<p>The first heroic epic to be written in vernacular English, <em>Beowulf</em> is a moving and beautiful narrative poem set in the early 6th century. Beowulf begins by battling the dread monsters who

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The Little Ice Age of the 16th & 17th Century - Ice and the Dutch

Europe experienced very cold winters which in the 16th and 17th centuries were often celebrated with Ice-fairs and ice-skating in the Netherlands. This talk presents artworks of Dutch winterscene paintings as well as discussing the Dutch culture of ice-skating. Painters such as Pieter Brueghel the Elder and Hendrick Avercamp gave us many winter-scene paintings which we can read to show the social happenings of the day from kolf (a fore-runner of golf) on ice to ice-yachts. The... [More]
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The Little Ice Age of the 16th & 17th Century - Ice and the Dutch

Europe experienced very cold winters which in the 16th and 17th centuries were often celebrated with Ice-fairs and ice-skating in the Netherlands. This talk presents artworks of Dutch winterscene

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The Adventures of Captain Bligh

William Bligh is famous as captain of the Bounty, the ship he lost to mutineers led by Fletcher Christian. But few people know that Bligh was the centre of a later, much larger mutiny, when he lost not just a ship but the entire colony of NSW to a group of disgruntled settlers and soldiers. We look at Bligh’s seafaring journeys with James Cook, the remarkable story of survival after the mutiny on the Bounty and the later “Rum Rebellion”. As author Rob Mundle has titled his book –... [More]
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The Adventures of Captain Bligh

<p>William Bligh is famous as captain of the Bounty, the ship he lost to mutineers led by Fletcher Christian. But few people know that Bligh was the centre of a later, much larger mutiny, when he lost

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James Cook and the Endeavour - 250 Years On

250 years ago, on 26 August 1768, Lieutenant James Cook sailed from Plymouth Harbour bound for Tahiti on HMB Endeavour, to observe the Transit of Venus. The Royal Society predicted this would take place on 3 June 1769, would not occur again for more than 100 years, and they needed an observation in the Southern Hemisphere. Cook’s instructions were to then explore the coast of New Zealand, reached 125 years earlier by Abel Tasman and after that he could decide on the best route to... [More]
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James Cook and the Endeavour - 250 Years On

250 years ago, on 26 August 1768, Lieutenant James Cook sailed from Plymouth Harbour bound for Tahiti on HMB Endeavour, to observe the Transit of Venus. The Royal Society predicted this would take

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Who was Mary Magdalene?

Mary Magdalene is one of three Marys in the New Testament, who have often been confused with each other. Mary has been cast as wealthy disciple, as penitent sinner, as Jesus' concubine or wife, as a goddess of beauty and love, even as the eternal sacred feminine. She has given us the adjective maudlin, for someone who becomes over-sentimental, especially after a few drinks! Tonight we consider some of the many compelling stories of her life and death – historians cannot even agree... [More]
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Who was Mary Magdalene?

Mary Magdalene is one of three Marys in the New Testament, who have often been confused with each other. Mary has been cast as wealthy disciple, as penitent sinner, as Jesus' concubine or wife, as a

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An Evening with Verdi

Verdi was one of the greatest composers of the 19th century, and his operas are some of the most loved of all time. His operas never fail to move us emotionally, to draw us in to his dramatic and moving stories, and to send us away humming his melodies. In this lecture, we explore how Verdi used the orchestra and his vast knowledge of the craft of music to create such wonderful operas. [More]
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An Evening with Verdi

Verdi was one of the greatest composers of the 19th century, and his operas are some of the most loved of all time. His operas never fail to move us emotionally, to draw us in to his dramatic and

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The Anschluss: Hitler's Annexation of Austria 80 Years Ago

80 years ago in 1938, the Austrian born Hitler changed the map of Europe with the ‘Anschluss,’ the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany. Only recently has began to see herself as 'Hitler’s first victim'. We will take a closer look at the ‘Anschluss’ and its legacy today. SUGGESTED READING Beller, Steven, A Concise History of Austria (Cambridge Univ., 2006) Brose, Eric Dorn, A History of Europe in the Twentieth Century (New York, Oxford, Oxford University, 2005) Schulze, Hagen,... [More]
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The Anschluss: Hitler's Annexation of Austria 80 Years Ago

<p>80 years ago in 1938, the Austrian born Hitler changed the map of Europe with the ‘Anschluss,’ the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany. Only recently has began to see herself as 'Hitler’s first

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On This Day in World History: September 21

Often associated with the end of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere, 21 September 1792 also marked the end of the French Monarchy, while Malta, Belize and Armenia all gained their independence on this day in 1964, 1981 and 1991 respectively. But many other events in world history happened on this day as well and many people – some more famous than others – were born or died. Join Jo Gerk for an evening whirlwind tour through world history, where the date will provide the common link... [More]
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On This Day in World History: September 21

Often associated with the end of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere, 21 September 1792 also marked the end of the French Monarchy, while Malta, Belize and Armenia all gained their independence on this

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