Event archive


Saturday 11 August 2012, 10am–4pm at Mosman Library

Bringing programmers, local historians and willing volunteers together to design and build the site, gather data, and chart our way forward.

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RESEARCHING WW1 SOLDIERS & NURSES: online resources for family history

Tuesday 18 September 2012, 7pm–9pm 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.

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MORE THAN BOMBS AND BANDAGES: Australian Army nurses at work in World War I

Wednesday 19 September 2012, 7pm–9pm at Mosman Library

Dr Kirsty Harris highlights the role of our military nurses in a special presentation for the Mosman Great War project.

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Saturday 10 November 2012, 10am–4pm at Mosman Library

As the ‘Doing our bit’ project enters its next phase, join us for an open day at the Mosman Library. Learn more about the project and the wartime experiences of local service people.

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THE LOST DIGGERS: Ross Coulthart at Mosman Library

Wednesday 5 December 2012, 7pm–9pm 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.

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"I hope they will say, he did his duty"

Tuesday 12 February 2013, 7pm–9pm at Mosman Library

Sir William Cullen & Family of Tregoyd in Mosman in the First World War. A talk by Tony Cunneen.

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The Great War in the Air

Tuesday 12 March 2013, 7pm–9pm at Mosman Library

The development and use of aviation 1914-1919. An illustrated talk by Gareth Morgan of the Australian Society of World War One Aero Historians.

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Doing our bit: A prelude to Anzac Day

Wednesday 24 April 2013, 6:30 for 7pm– at Mosman Library

George Franki’s book and the Doing our bit website will be launched by the Mayor of Mosman, Clr Peter Abelson.

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Fighting Nineteenth: a talk by David Wilson

Monday 18 November 2013, 7pm–9pm at Mosman Library

David will present the unique history of this unit along with stories of the characters that joined.

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Mike Carlton: First Victory

Wednesday 27 November 2013, 7pm–9pm at Mosman Library

Mike Carlton, who has had a life-long passion for naval history, tells the story of HMAS Sydney’s hunt for the German raider, Emden.

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'Doing our bit' card catalogue

Doing our bit: workshop for volunteers

Saturday 8 March 2014, 10am–12pm at Mosman Library

This workshop will give you all the tools you need to begin work as a volunteer researcher.

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The Ottoman Army 1908 to 1918: a tumultuous decade of reform

Thursday 8 May 2014, 7:00 PM–8:30 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.

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Hell Bent: Australia’s leap into the Great War

Wednesday 5 November 2014, 7.00pm–8.30pm 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.

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Conscription 1916-17: the votes that split the nation

Monday 26 September 2016, 7.00pm–8.30pm at Mosman Library

Rally! Rally! Rally!

A Mosman Library Doing Our Bit event

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.

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Portraits of War: The Crown Studios Project 1918 Exhibition - until 23 February

Thursday 23 February 2017, daily–daily 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.

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Plated Up: Australian Community War Memorials on Ceramic Ware

Plated Up: Australian Community War Memorials on Ceramic Ware

Wednesday 16 May 2018, 21:00–22:30 at Barry O’Keefe Library (Mosman Library Service)

Plated Up: Australian Community War Memorials on Ceramic Ware

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?

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For more Information https://events.mosman.nsw.gov.au/events/3029/plated-up-australian-community-war-memorials-on-ceramic-ware

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Saving Our Private Ryan and Sgt. Wilkinson's Memories

Monday 28 May 2018, 19:00–21:00 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.

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For more Information https://events.mosman.nsw.gov.au/events/3034/saving-our-private-ryan-ant-sgt-wilkinson-s-memories

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Poppy seed project

Tuesday 7 August 2018, – at

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