Bringing programmers, local historians and willing volunteers together to design and build the site, gather data, and chart our way forward.
Tuesday 18 September 2012, 7pm9pm at Mosman Library
Genealogist and author Kerry Farmer will share her extensive knowledge of family history research to help you get the most out of online records.
Wednesday 19 September 2012, 7pm9pm at Mosman Library
Dr Kirsty Harris highlights the role of our military nurses in a special presentation for the Mosman Great War project.
Wednesday 5 December 2012, 7pm9pm at Mosman Library
Behind the scenes of one of the most important First World War discoveries ever made. Ross Coulthart tells of the quest for these wonderful images and the amazing stories behind them.
Thursday 8 May 2014, 7:00 PM8:30 PM at Mosman Library
A talk by David Wilson on one of Australia’s most significant but little-known wartime opponents — now one of our staunchest allies.
Wednesday 5 November 2014, 7.00pm8.30pm at Mosman Library
This book is unlike many other First World War histories. The author examines the drama, tensions and events in Britain and Australia during the last days of peace in July and August 1914.
Douglas Newton has an interest in peace and war in the period 1890 to 1919 and his approach and ideas will fascinate and stimulate discussion.
Britain had been leaning towards neutrality but suddenly declared war in August 1914. However, before that decision was made members of the Australian cabinet leapt ahead, and encouraged by the Governor General, offered Britain an expeditionary force of 20,000 men.
Newton believes this rashness resulted in Australia’s leaders being unable to set limits, to weigh objectives or insist upon consultation with the British and in doing so needlessly exposed Australian soldiers and their families to the full horror of the mechanised slaughter that was to come.
In short they were hell-bent.
Monday 26 September 2016, 7.00pm8.30pm at Mosman Library
Rally! Rally! Rally!
In 1916 Prime Minister Billy Hughes asked the nation to approve conscription and in doing so split the country.
Crowds took to the streets often in violent confrontations and dirty political tricks were used by both sides.
Professional soldier and historian David Wilson will present a fascinating account of both sides of this contentious issue.
Thursday 23 February 2017, dailydaily at Barry O'Keefe Library
Barry O’Keefe Library is hosting an exhibition of an extraordinary collection of 80 portraits of First World War soldiers dating from 1918 held in the State Library of NSW.
Wednesday 16 May 2018, 21:0022:30 at Barry O’Keefe Library (Mosman Library Service)
Lieutenant Colonel Paul Simadas will present an overview of Australian community war memorials, the distinctive types built and how they evolved identifying the unique characteristics of Australian war memorials.
A feature of the evening will be the display of his intriguing collection of small ceramic wares portraying images of these Australian war memorials. Items range from plates, dishes cups, shaving mugs to miniature clock and bell towers. These are a wonderful and sensitive ‘Memorial’ in their own right.
In all the years Paul has been collecting he has never found a piece depicting memorials in Tasmania. Perhaps someone out there has one?
Monday 28 May 2018, 19:0021:00 at Barry O'Keefe Library
Private Ryan and Sgt Wilkinson two very different stories of two very different men and their experiences in the Great War. One was fought for his anti-war beliefs and the other only told his grandson his story on his deathbed.