Functions and talks arranged by the Friends 1985-1999

1999 20-Nov Professor Ian Jack   The Book of Kells, with particular reference to some of the technical aspects of its production - at a luncheon at St Andrew's College in conjunction with Celtic Studies Foundation.
1999 13-Sep Mr Harrison Bryan   Hornblower and his heirs: four novelists of Nelson's navy and their heroes.
1999 17-May Ms Anne Whitehead   The research and writing of her award-winning book Paradise Mislaid: in search of the Australian Tribe of Paraguay.
1999 22-Mar Mr Neil Boness (Rare Books & Special Collections Librarian) The Bible in English: works from the Rare Book Library.
1998 1-Jun Ms Jennifer Hayes (Architecture Librarian) Country Houses or Dark Cities: styles in detective fiction.
1998 30-Mar Mr Peter Coleman   Opening of the exhibition - Censored, banned and burnt: books which have survived the condemnation of their times.
1997 20-Oct Mr Neil Boness (Rare Books & Special Collections Librarian) Treasures of Fisher Library, and meeting with the new University Librarian, Mr John Shipp.
1997 30-Jun Dr Tony Miller (Dept. of English) Reproducing Shakespeare's Texts, from the folios to the World Wide Web.
1997 21-Apr Mrs Pamela Bell (Curator, University Art Collection) Norman Lindsay and Ned Kelly.
1996 30-Sep Professor Adrian Mitchell   Rudyard Kipling and the recently acquired collection of his works.
1996 11-Mar Mr Neil Boness (Rare Books & Special Collections Librarian) Witches, witch-hunters and warlocks: a look at the books on witches in Fisher Library.
1995 5-Dec Emeritus Professor Dame Leonie Kramer (Chancellor, University of Sydney) Launch of the book Patrons and Devotion by Dr P R Monks.
1995 5-Dec Dr P. R Monks   Research into the Book of Hours which formed the basis for Patrons and Devotion.
1995 19-Sep Mrs Pauline Dickinson (University Library) Fisher Aliens: the science fiction and fantasy collection.
1995 22-May Mrs Daphne Lera   Conservation Aspects of the Nicholson manuscript.
1995 24-Mar Professor Jean-Paul Descoeudres   A Brief Survey on Pompeiian wall paintings: a postscript to the Rediscovering Pompeii exhibition at the Australian Museum, at a fundraising dinner held at St John's College.
1995 27-Feb Professor David Cameron   The Fisher Collection at 748.59: painting with light in medieval windows.
1994 7-Nov Mr Jeremy Steele   The University of Sydney: a pictorial presentation, Part 2.
1994 5-Sep Professor Margaret Harris   The Three Decker Novel Collection in the University of Sydney Library.
1994 20-Jun Mr Jeremy Steele   The University of Sydney: a pictorial presentation, Part 1.
1994 25-Feb         Dinner cruise on the H.M.V. Bounty.
1993 10-Aug Professor John Davis   Sydney University Stellar Interferometer (SUSI): an astronomical instrument for measuring stars (illustrated talk).
1993 23-Jul Mr David Dale   Great small museums and graveyards of the world, at a fundraising dinner held at St Johns College.
1993 21-Jun Ms Pamela Bell (Curator, University Art Collection) Donors and Donations: 20th Century benefactions to the University Art Collection.
1993 14-May Ms Karin Sowada   Egyptian Culture and Dance, followed by a performance of Egyptian dance, at a fund raising dinner held at St Johns College.
1993 15-Mar Dr Harrison Bryan   Private Presses in Australia.
1993 26-Feb         Dinner cruise on the H.M.V. Bounty.
1993 18-Feb Dr Michael Shortland (Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science) Hope triumphant: cosmology and space travel in the age of Newton. In conjunction with the exhibition in the Rare Books Library: Driv'n by the spheres..the influence of the heavens on science and society as reflected in print from the 15th to 20th centuries.
1992 2-Nov         Images of an era: from ancient to modern times -  a tour encompassing many facets of portraiture available within the University of Sydney buildings. In conjunction with The University of Sydney Guided Tours.
1992 26-Oct Mr Neil Boness (Rare Books & Special Collections Librarian) From manuscript to printed word: a look at some of the illuminated manuscripts in the Rare Books Collection.
1992 10-Oct Mr Jonathan with Wantrup (Hordern House) Collecting Australiana: enjoyment and investment, in conjunction with the David Scott Mitchell Club, and the Library Society.
1992 10-Oct Dr Harrison Bryan    
1992 24-Aug Ms Pamela Bell (Curator, University Art Collection) Art works from the University Collection - an illustrated talk.
1992 22-Jun Ms Jennifer Alison   An analysis of books published by Angus and Roberstson 1888-1918.
1992 2-Mar Mr Brian Taylor (Dept. of Germanic Studies) Hermann Lau's Four Years (1854-1858) in Australia - presented on behalf of Mr John Fletcher. A joint meeting with the David Scott Mitchell Club.
1991 5-Oct Ms Daphne Lera (D S Murray Pty Ltd) The restoration and hand binding of a rare Flemish Book of Hours dated 1470.
1991 10-11 Aug         A literary weekend based in Bowral in conjunction with The Friends of the National Library of Australia, The Library Society and the Friends of the Menzies Library (ANU).
1991 12-Jun Mr Allan Gamble   Address on his artistic works, including his sketches of the University of Sydney, with presentation of autographed copies of his book Down from Barrenjoey: sketch impressions of the Peninsula.
1991 5-Mar Professor Walter Moore   Choice of the rare books on the history of science which he has donated to the Library.
1990 8-Dec         An afternoon at The Wayzgoose Press, Katoomba with hosts and publishers Mike Hudson and Jadwiga Jarvis.
1990 5-Sep Mr John Fenton-Smith (Ausworld Publishers) Reminiscences of a Publisher.
1990 28-Jul         Launch of the Friends' collecting project, Private Presses and Australia. The President, John Fletcher launched Geoffrey Farmer's latest book, A true printer, John Kirtley and Heemskerck Shoals, with a response by the author. Mike Hudson (Wayzgoose Press), Harrison Bryan (Piscator Press), Alex Bolton (Brindabella Press) and Nick Summers (Escutcheon and Catnip) spoke about their experiences as private press publishers, with displays of their private press publications.
1990 29-May         Official opening of "Ten Centuries of History" - an exhibition of reproductions of archives from the Archives Tower of Portugal, in association with The Arthur Phillip Society.
1990 23-May Mr John Fletcher   The Windeyer collection of bookplates held by the Library.
1990 10-Mar His Honour Judge David Levine, QC   Visit to the home of His Honour Judge David Levine, QC, to inspect his Library.
1989 11-Oct Ms Carol Mills (Charles Sturt University) The New South Wales Bookstall Company.
1989 14-Jul Professor Ivan Barko (Professor of French) Official opening of an exhibition of rare books relating to the French Revolution.
1989 10-May Mr Alan Johnson (Administrator of the Public Lending Rights Scheme) Aspects of the Public Rights Lending Scheme.
1989 11-Mar Mr John Fletcher   Visit to the library of the President, Mr John Fletcher.
1988 1-Dec         Visit to the Library of the United Service Institution.
1988 13-Oct Associate Professor Alan Crown   Talk on his work at the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew studies during his year of residence in Oxford.
1988 30-Sep         The first Friends Annual Dinner, held in the Holme and Sutherland Room, University of Sydney.
1988 11-Aug Dr Harrison Bryan   The Birth of an encyclopaedia - an account of the planning and production of ALIAS.
1988 2-Jun Associate Professor Wallace Kirsop Monash University The sale of Sir Charles Nicholson's private library in Melbourne in 1861.
1988 11-May Mr John Fletcher   German Manuscripts in Fisher Library.
1988 22-Mar Miss Jean Arnot   Book dedications, with readings from her extensive collection of dedications in books.
1987 8-Dec         Visits to the libraries of the Law Courts, and the University of Sydney Law School.
1987 14-Oct         To mark the tercentenary of the publication of Newton's Principia, and the Library's rare annotated first edition, three speakers participated: Dr Andrew Osborn, who was Librarian when the copy was presented to the Library; Mr Robert Blomfield, who handed the copy to the Library on behalf of his aunt, Miss Barbara Bruce Smith; and Associate Professor John Mack, who discussed Newton's contribution to scientific knowledge.
1987 5-Aug Associate Professor Peter Spearritt   Puposes of the Australian Bicentennial historic records search.
1987 6-May Associate Professor Ian Jack   Reminiscences on the early days of the Friends, on the 25th Anniversary of the first Annual General Meeting.
1987 7-Mar Dr Ben Haneman   One Man's Books - visit to the home of Dr Ben and Beryl Haneman to see Dr Haneman's collection of Don Quixote and related material.
1986 12-Nov Mr Trevor Mills (Rare Books and Special Collections Librarian) An Evening with John Bunyan - with displayed books from his own Bunyan collection and from the Macdonald Collection.
1986 23-Aug Mrs Charlene Garry (Basilisk Press, London) Private presses and displayed publications of the Basilisk Press, in conjunction with the Book Collectors' Society.
1986 6-Aug Mr Harrison Bryan   The View from Olympus: some account of five years in Canberra, from the recently retired Director-General of the National Library of Australia.
1986 7-May Dr J. C Masselos   The Printed Book in Asia - a display and talk.
1986 11-Mar Mr James Rigney (Rare Book & Special Collections Library) Hugh Macdonald: the man behind the collection.
1985 18-Nov Mr John Fletcher   The Duke August Library, Wolfenbuttel - From Ducal Library to European Research Centre.
1985 19-Sep Mrs Nancy Johnson   Unusual Facets of Lindsayana, with display of Lindsay items from her own collection.
1985 15-Jul Associate Professor Margaret Harris (Dept. of English) Christina Stead and Books, discussing in particular the 32 books the Library had bought from Christina Stead's collection.
1985 7-May Dr Hazel King   Sir Richard Bourke: A Controversial Figure in Australian History.
1985 18-Mar Dr Andrew Osborn   Some Secrets of a Book Collector.