12/03/2014
Artist unknown, Azure Kingfisher, 1790s. 'Lambert's Drawings', Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, vol. 2
The sudden emergence of a large, previously unknown collection of New South Wales natural history drawings from the library of a now forgotten botanist has some stories to tell us about the earliest years of the colony in Sydney Cove.
It is time to undertake the Great Transition from energy systems based on fossil fuels to ecologically sustainable systems. Fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas – initially served us well, providing the basis for industrial society. However, we are now well beyond the point where their ...
13/02/2014
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It is half time at the long-running trial of former Murdoch executives Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, and five others, on charges of phone hacking, bribery and destroying evidence. The long-anticipated trial finally began on 28 October last year, and the prosecution has now finished ...
01/02/2014
Image: Rare Books Collection, State Library of Victoria
American curator Andrew Robison describes Piranesi’s work as ‘extraordinary in composition, expression, draughtsmanship, tonality, texture and technique – not only in the history of graphic art but in the history of all the arts’, and identifies him as ‘the most important artist to make his ...
Every year on Australia Day, hundreds of sailing craft of all sizes take to the waters of Sydney Harbour to celebrate a tradition that has been taking place for over 175 years. Today known as the Australia Day Regatta, this spectacle was first held on ...
Art

Actor and theatre director John Bell spoke of how vital Loudon Sainthill's work was in his own artistic journey, in this speech delivered at the launch of Fantasy Modern: Loudon Sainthill’s theatre of art and life, available now from NewSouth.

Travel

Citiesare great subjects for literary non-fiction – most Australians live in them – but, when it comes to writing about cities, they are usually given the guidebook treatment, rather than prompting memorable pieces of writing. So the inspiration for this series was literary, not some pointy-headed urge to make a grand statement ...

Science

Science is full of extraordinary stories – stories of explanation; stories of innovation; stories of the microcosmic and the macrocosmic and everywhere in between. They talk about the past, the present or the future, and often with some of the most interesting and compelling characters you could find. They unravel our ...


Education
Better assessment for all
Henry, Marshall, Ramburuth

The university sector around the world is facing significant challenges. Political, cultural, economic and technological factors have created an environment that requires each university to rethink strategic directions at many levels, including how the institution is managed, how teaching is delivered, where sustainable funding sources can be found and what ...

Society

The rapid rise of the Australian pastime of surf bathing, which began on Sydney’s beaches and spread north and south, was revolutionary. The beaches were free in the way that baths were not and much was made of their democratic origins. They became places where social codes of decorum ...

Society

Human imagination is a fertile but misleading tool in assess­ing real-life dangers and judging the likelihood of impending risks. The 9/11 commission once famously stated that the trag­edy was due, in part, to ‘a failure of imagination’. But histori­cal experience also warns of blind spots and ...


Sport
A game whose time has come
Klugman and Osmond

The best photos do more than freeze time. They capture a moment and take us there, making witnesses of us all. Here lies their power to inspire, touch and transform. A power tied to the stories, hopes, dreams and struggles that shape our lives. The image of the Indigenous AFL ...

Science
Stories about science
Merlin Crossley

'Science is not just about gadgets and technological solutions. It is about interest and wonder; it is about stories.'

Art

The small Australian city of Ballarat is a gold rush town that was built on the boom of the mid-1800s. It is a deeply conservative place, divided down the middle between those with money and those without. Rural, semi-rural and urban in one – it is middle Australia. In Ballarat, beneath ...


 
 
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