Films At Fisher: Les Croix de Bois (Wooden Crosses / FR 1932) – on 2nd June 2015

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Published on: 28 May 2015

220px-Wooden_crossesLes Croix de Bois – Woooden Crosses (FR / 1932)

“I did not have to act, I simply had to remember”

Director Raymond Bernard insisted that all of his actors had direct combat experience, resulting in perhaps the most authentic performances in any WW1 film. Critic Philip French wrote that “Wooden Crosses is an intense experience of pain, stoic endurance and survival.”

WHEN: Tuesday 2nd June 2015; 5:30 pm

WHERE: Fisher Library F03, Exhibition Space Level 2



For staff and students

Check out our other films in the series: Films At Fisher complete program

8 July: Dr Lucy Sussex on: Fergus Hume and “The Mystery of the Hansom Cab”

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Published on: 28 May 2015

The Rare Books and Special Collections and Friends of the Library present: 



Dr Lucy Sussexphoto by Darren James

Fergus Hume and the Mystery of the Hansom Cab


Fergus Hume’s The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886) was a detective novel by a New Zealand lawyer, written with the notion of using it to promote his dramatic works to the theatre managers of Melbourne. Hume set it in Melbourne and created a vivid picture of a city in boom-time, together with its guilty secrets.  Semi-self-published in a cheap ten-shilling edition (approx A$5.00), the novel sold out quickly. A consortium of Melbourne capitalists, the Hansom Cab Publishing Co., then took the book to London, where clever marketing, advertorials and the zeitgeist ensured it sold 500,000 copies, the biggest-selling detective novel of the 1800s.  Hume, however, missed out, for he had sold his copyright for £50, disbelieving a colonial book could conquer the English market.


LucyHansom Cab_small Sussex’s newly published book on Hume (Blockbuster! Fergus Hume and the Hansom Cab) for the first time tells the story of the author, his publisher, and the extraordinary story of how the book was financed, promoted, and achieved such success. Not least, it created the market for Conan Doyle and his Sherlock Holmes, helping consolidate the then new publishing category of detective fiction.


Her talk at the Fisher Library, 8 July, will consider the genres of “The …  Hansom Cab”; initially promoted as a ‘Sensational Novel’, it was also a ‘Shilling Shocker’ (as was Dr Jekyll), a detective novel, and a genuine publishing blockbuster, as well as acting as a personal advertisement for the author.  It will also discuss the incredibly rare first editions of the book (four are known to survive), where even imperfect copies are worth five-figure sums.  Not least, the nefarious secrets behind the Hansom Cab, and Hume’s own connection to Sydney, will be revealed.


Refreshments will be provided.


Please RSVP by Friday 3rd of July:

New Exhibition: Emily Hunt – The Nose Dance At Fool’s Town

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Published on: 25 May 2015

DSC_009a posterpicThe newest exhibition in the Ex Libris Fisherarium series has opened:

Emily Hunt – The Nose Dance at Fool’s Town

21 May – 15 June 2015

Fisher Library F03 on levels 2, 3 and 4

In her installation, The Nose Dance at Fool’s Town (the title is taken from a 16th century woodcut by Sebald Beham woodcut showing a drunken peasants dance), Emily Hunt has chosen to bring together parts of her history: as editor of a ‘fashion’ magazine, her long-standing interest in the contemporary tabloid form and combine them with her reinterpretations of German Renaissance print-making and broadsheets produced during the 16th century. There is an historical bond between these two very different time periods – both express a desire for the concentrated and sensational iconography.The Kunstkammer of prints will also contain archival works from Hunt’s practice. Her art practice is multidisciplinary and combines a contemporary aesthetic sensibility with traditional craft practices. She will exhibit the mediums of painting, etching, collage, ceramics and assemblage to create contemporary and historical inquiry into the subject of secular 16th century broadsheets, DUKE magazine, the artist as collector, and the aesthetic of the grotesque.

Hunt completed her Master of Fine Arts (Print Media) at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney in 2012. Solo exhibitions include Doctrine of Eternal Recurrence (2015) at The Commercial Gallery, Sydney; Soiled at The Commercial Gallery, Sydney (2013/2014); The Meister of New Holland, Ratskeller Litchenberg, Berlin (2009).Hunt was selected for Primavera 2014: Young Australian Artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, her first major exhibition in a public institution.Hunt is the recipient of a 2015 Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship for painting. She will use the scholarship to pursue her interests in decorative painting on ceramics in Belgium. She intends to undertake a rigorous six-month painting program at the Van der Kelen Logelain School for decorative painting in Brussels.

This project has been assisted by funding from The University of Sydney, Chancellor’s Fund.

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The Quarter has opened!

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Published on: 13 May 2015

QuarterNewsThe Library is pleased to announce the opening of:

“The Quarter”

It is an exciting new space dedicated exclusively to postgraduate coursework students in the Badham Building on Science Road.

Our goal is to support a holistic student experience and to develop a vibrant community that supports the teaching, learning and wellbeing needs of postgraduate coursework students. It will be a “home-away-from-home”, as well as an online community to help you anytime, anywhere.

Our Postgraduate Learning Advisor (PLA) team are all current postgraduate students at the University and are available to assist you to make the best use of the facilities, resources and services that the Library and University provides, including:

  • Library resources and services
  • Connecting you to the experts who can help
  • Peer advice and support
  • Technology (ICT)
  • eLearning (eg Blackboard)
  • Finding the best coffee on campus!
  • And much more

Post Graduate Coursework students already have access to The Quarter. Please test it out by swiping your student card against the reader. Check out our Ask Us Now FAQ section on The Quarter website if there are any issues.


Got any questions or feedback? Connect with us here or via our Facebook group.

Find out more via The Quarter website

Advancing Digital Humanities

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Published on: 11 May 2015
Viewshed analysis of the Chengde valley, Hebei province, P.R. China. Map courtesy of Stephen H Whiteman
Viewshed analysis of the Chengde valley, Hebei province, P.R. China. Map courtesy of Stephen H Whiteman

Information futures series


Please join us at the Fisher Library to hear four academics talk about the challenges and opportunities in working at the nexus between big data, research computing and the humanities and social and sciences.

Bring your questions and share your experiences. Stay to connect with colleagues over lunch.



Wednesday, 3 June 2015

11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Exhibition space Level 2, Fisher North Fisher Library

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.


Register by Friday, 29 May

register here

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Films At Fisher series program

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Published on: 24 April 2015

Stories of warFilms At Fisher is an occasional series of free film screenings, for University of Sydney students and staff, selected to complement the major exhibitions curated by Rare Books & Special Collections, academic and other curatorial partners.

Our current exhibition in the Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library is:

Stories of War from the University Collections – 24 April to 2 October 2015
An exhibition of materials drawn primarily from the University Archives and Rare Books & Special Collections, with contributions from the Macleay Museum and the Faculties of Medicine, Education and Social Work that reflects the nuanced and varied ways the University’s community understood and responded to the First World War. Read more >



Join us at 5.30pm on the following Tuesdays in the Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library North for these screenings

28 Apr  Shoulder Arms (US/1918) Dir. Charlie Chaplin
05 May  J-Accuse (Fr/1919) Dir. Abel Gance
12 May  All Quiet on the Western Front (US/1930) Dir. Lewis Milestone
19 May  Mata Hari (US/1931) Dir. George Fitzmaurice, starring Greta Garbo
26 May  A Farewell to Arms (US/1932) Dir. Frank Borzage
02 Jun  Les Croix de Bois, ‘Wooden Crosses’ (Fr/1932) Dir. Raymond Bernard
09 Jun  The Lost Patrol (US/1934) Dir. John Ford
16 Jun  La Grande Illusion, ‘Grand Illusion’ (Fr/1937) Dir. Jean Renoir
23 Jun  Forty Thousand Horsemen (AUS/1940) Dir. Charles Chauvel
30 Jun  Sergeant York (US/1941) Dir. Howard Hawks
 No screenings during the semester break
04 Aug  The African Queen (GB & US/1951) Dir. John Huston
11 Aug  What Price Glory? (US/1952) Dir. John Ford
18 Aug  Lawrence of Arabia (GB & US 1962) Dir. David Lean
25 Aug  Gallipoli (Aus/1981) Dir. Peter Weir
01 Sep  The Lighthorsemen (Aus/1987) Dir. Simon Wincer
08 Sep  Regeneration (UK/1997) Dir. Gillies Mackinnon
15 Sep  A Very Long Engagement (Fr/2004) Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet
22 Sep  Joyeux Noël (Fr, Be, Ge, Ro, UK/2005) Dir. Christian Carion
29 Sep  Beneath Hill 60 (Aus/2010) Dir. Jeremy Sims


Scott Westerfeld foreign language editions

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Published on: 7 April 2015

Uglies seriesA recent and very welcome addition to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Collection held by Rare Books and Special Collections has been the donation by Scott Westerfeld of his manuscript archive and a set of the foreign language editions of his novels. This includes translations of his novels into French, German, Spanish and Japanese to name only a few of the languages in which his extremely popular and critically acclaimed novels can be read. They have all been catalogued and the details of each publication can be found on the Univeristy Library’s online catalogue.

Scott Westerfeld is the American author of eighteen novels. He is married to the Australian author Justine Larbaalstier and has joint US and Australian nationality – living part of the year in Sydney. His most recent publications are the Leviathan trilogy for young adults – a steampunk retelling of World War I; and he is famously known for his successful Uglies series set in a future where cosmetic surgery is compulsory.

> Original blog post by Jacqui Grainger, Manager, Rare Books and Special Collections

New Acquisition: Anatomia Chirurgica by Bernardino Genga

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Published on: 7 April 2015

Anatomia Chirurgica by Bernardino GengaRare Books and Special Collections in the University Library, has a rich collection of material pertinent to the history of science, and especially the history of medicine. It is a collection that is actively growing because of the significant research interest that it attracts and the most recent acquisition is a copy of Genga’s Anatomia Chirurgica.

Bernardino Genga (1620-90) was an Italian scholar of Classical medical texts and taught anatomy to artists at the French Academy in Rome. Anatomia Chirurgica was published as a textbook for surgeons in 1672.

The copy acquired by Rare Books and Special Collections is bound in contemporary limp vellum with remnants of hand-written name and title on spine. It’s details can be located on the online library catalogue and it has the call number: RB 5172.2 Deane.

> Original blog post by Jacqui Grainger, Manager Rare Books and Special Collections

Email scam targeting Library clients

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Published on: 17 March 2015

It came to the Library’s attention that there is a fraudulent email scam targeting Library clients.

Some of our clients received an email that appears to be coming from the University of Sydney Librarian “Anne Bell”.

The email informs users that their accounts have expired and provides a link to reactivate their accounts. The link redirects them to a bogus webpage that looks similar to a Library’s “Login web page.

If a client inputs their UniKey details on that page their account credentials will be compromised.

The email and web page are not affiliated with the University of Sydney. Anyone who receives the email should delete it immediately.

If anyone entered their information on the web page, they should contact ICT as soon as possible and report a possible compromise and change their UniKey password.




26 March: Library talk by Colin Steele, Emeritus Fellow, Australian National University

child on booksThe past, present and future of books, libraries and book collecting: a personal odyssey
Thursday 26 March 2015

We invite you to an illustrated lecture by Colin Steele, Emeritus Fellow, Australian National University with an introduction by John Shipp, University Librarian, University of Sydney, 1997-2011.

Colin will reflect on “The past, present and future of books, libraries and book collecting” from over 50 years of experience, both from an institutional and personal perspective, and speculate on twenty-first century trends.

Major collections that Colin has assembled have been donated to several libraries. His Latin American collection is held by La Trobe University Library, his science fiction and fantasy collections by Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of Sydney Library and his signed Australian literature collection is in the Australian National University Library. A small but significant collection of signed Australian political material is held in the Library of Old Parliament House, Canberra. His current personal collections include signed material covering politics, sport, film and television, and biography.

From his time in the Bodleian Library, Oxford and the ANU Library, Colin will recall some of the fascinating collectors and booksellers he has met and, from his current research on scholarly communication and publishing, will reflect on the changing nature of book collecting and libraries in a digital era.

For further reading see Colin’s article on the The Sydney Morning Herald:
Bibliographica 2014: Colin Steele presents talk on the future of books and articles on his website.

This event is brought to you with the support of the Friends of the University of Sydney Library.

Time: 5.30pm–7pm
Where: Seminar Room
Level 2, Fisher Library F03
Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus
Cost: Free with registration required. Seats are limited.
RSVP by Monday 23 March
E | T 9114 0866


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