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Macarthur and Harris, and the Kings Who Came Between – History Week 2016

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Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Seminar Room, Katoomba | Friday 9 September | 2pm-4pm

Macarthur and Harris, and the Kings Who Came Between is a fascinating tale of feuding neighbours in the fledgling colony presented by the History Council of NSW.

Historian Jo Henwood introduces us to John Macarthur, of Elizabeth Farm in Parramatta, and surgeon John Harris, of Harris Park, who were not the best of neighbours. Macarthur’s ambitions involved harnessing the compliance of the Rum Corps (and the rest of the colony) and isolating Governor King. Difficulties arose when Harris started to support King and became more complicated when nephew Hannibal (across the Parramatta River) married into the King family.

This talk explores the machinations and intrigues of the relationship between these historic neighbours.

This is a FREE event but you must book in by calling or visiting any Library branch as places are limited.

For more info phone : 02 4780 5750.

The Wild Goose literary e-journal

After working as Blue Mountains City Library’s Editor-in-Residence throughout 2014, Natalie Muller is launching an exciting new project:

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The official launch will be held at Katoomba Library on Saturday 13 December, 2014 at 2pm, and everyone is welcome to join us.

The Wild Goose is a Literary e-Journal aimed at bringing new Australian writing, both local and national, to the reading public. It will publish new writers who are beginning their writing careers, alongside more established writers. The first edition will be themed “Summer”. This is a subscription based journal, selling for $25 for an annual subscription. Subscriptions can be purchased on the day.

Afternoon tea will be provided, and bookings are appreciated for catering purposes.

4780 5750

The Wild Goose literary e-journal

After working as Blue Mountains City Library’s Editor-in-Residence throughout 2014, Natalie Muller is launching an exciting new project:

The Wild Goose literary e-journalwild goose newsletter

The official launch will be held at Katoomba Library on Saturday 13 December, 2014 at 2pm, and everyone is welcome to join us.

The Wild Goose is a Literary e-Journal aimed at bringing new Australian writing, both local and national, to the reading public. It will publish new writers who are beginning their writing careers, alongside more established writers. The first edition will be themed “Summer”. This is a subscription based journal, selling for $25 for an annual subscription. Subscriptions can be purchased on the day.

Afternoon tea will be provided, and bookings are appreciated for catering purposes.

4780 5750

Tales of a clearance diver turned mercenary

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Hear author Hugh “Obi” O’Brien at Katoomba Library on Saturday 8th November, 2014 at 2pm.

Undaunted, by Hugh ‘Obi’ O’Brien, is an explosive autobiography chronicling Obi’s years spent in the Navy as a Clearance Diver, and then in the elite Tactical Assault Group, the Army’s counterterrorism unit. A highly elite group – failure is in the 80th percentile – TAG (East) is a secretive team of divers and commandos tasked with defending the domestic population from harm post 9-11.

Undaunted is a no holds barred, brutally honest autobiography full of strain and the pushing of mental and physical ability to the absolute limits. Obi opens up about numerous things throughout his time as a diver, and in the TAG (East), including:

  • The physical and mental impact the training and qualifications have on them
  • The tight bonds of brotherhood formed between those training together
  • The tests and tasks set upon them, involving bullets, real mines and explosives
  • His work in private security in the Middle East – he is currently working on his very last private security job in Baghdad, as part of the team tasked with protecting Australian Ambassador Lyndall Sachs.
  • Standout missions, including clearing Lake Burley Griffith ahead of a visit by the President of the United States, flying through Sydney in a Black Hawk Helicopter, and counterterrorism exercises prior to the Commonwealth Games
  • His lifelong battle with those predators of the sea… jellyfish

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be in the most elite of our Armed Forces; the pushing of physical ability to its absolute limits; to cut a hole in a piece of steel underwater; to have your life literally rest in the hands of your colleagues; to have a boat cut out just 100 metres from where over 400 kilograms of explosives are about to detonate or to go face to face with a huge octopus, then Hugh is the man for you. Undaunted is also a reflection on how the demands of such a job affects relationships with the people around you.

Copies of Hugh’s book will be available to purchase on the day courtesy of Megalong Books. It might just be the perfect gift for the difficult-to-buy-for man in your life!

Bookings appreciated | 4780 5750

Events at Katoomba Library

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Katoomba Library have a couple of free events lined up for everyone to enjoy this month.

Tomorrow, Saturday 12 July, 2014 at 11am there will be a talk on the Aboriginal cultural materials currently on display at Katoomba Library. These items are on loan from the Australian Museum and the Gundungurra Aboriginal Heritage Association Inc. All the materials are related to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Come along to learn more about these important items and celebrate NAIDOC week with us.
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Next weekend, on Saturday 19 July, 2014 at 2pm, local photo-journalist and travel writer Christine Osborne will be sharing with us from her latest book, Travels with my Hat. This is a behind-the-scenes description of Christine’s adventures (and mis-adventures) as a solo woman travelling in countries such as Yemen, Ethiopia and Pakistan. Her presentation includes a slideshow of several colour photographs from her journeys, so there is plenty to keep you enthralled at this event.

Bookings are appreciated for catering purposes, we would love to see you there!

Local Author @ Katoomba Library

Emily

 

Join us next Saturday June 14, 2014 at 2pm

at Katoomba Library

to hear local author

STORM JK

who will be sharing about

Book One: Emily,of her trilogy The Eve Continuum.

Storm’s thrilling story features Emily, a woman with mystical powers which enable her to communicate with animals.
This is an exciting fantasy fiction story in which Emily must work with her lovers and animals to stand up against Lord Varrick,
whose threats will bring them all to the brink of destruction, endangering their freedom.

This Author Talk is a FREE event brought to you by Blue Mountains City Library.

Afternoon tea is available, as well as the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the author’s book.

Call the Library on 4780 5750 to book your place, or see staff at any branch.

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