2017 History Week in the inner west

Thursday 17 August 2017 

Inner West Council is celebrating History Week with a series of events in early September.

History Week runs from September 2-10 and this year’s theme is POP.

The theme asks, What is popular culture? How has it changed over the decades and how has the ‘digital age’ and 21st century technological change influenced it? How does popular culture define individuals, communities and our nation?

Looking at popular culture in the inner west and Sydney, various libraries across the inner west will explore this theme, with a week-long series of walks, talks, films and rock ‘n’ roll.

Highlights include:

  • Annette Kellerman: Behind the Myth, a revealing look at the life and times of local icon and national treasure, Annette Kellerman, which includes fascinating archival footage
  • The Angels, in which author Bob Yates charts their humble inner west beginnings and how they shaped Aussie rock culture and music
  • A photo exhibition of local cinemas and theatre houses from the 1900s to the 1960s. In the inner west alone, over 50 cinemas and theatres - ranging from small suburban houses to majestic 2,000 seaters - entertained the masses 

Events take place at various inner west libraries and all are free, but some require bookings.

For the full program and to book online go to: 

History Week

Sydney on Screen: How the moving image shaped the city
Monday 4 September, 11am-12pm
Ashfield Library

Annette Kellerman: Behind the Myth
Tuesday 5 September, 7pm-8pm
Emanuel Tsardoulias Community Library, Dulwich Hill

Forgotten Treasures: University of Sydney Postcards 1899-1955
Thursday 7 September, 6pm-8pm
Ashfield Library

A Dulwich Hill Century: A walking tour with local historian Mark Matterson
Sunday 10 September, 9.30am

Cinemas and Theatres of the inner west: A popular past time 1900s-1960s
Photo exhibition – Saturday 2 - Saturday 30 September
Talk presented by Robert Parkinson- Wednesday 6 September, 6-8pm
Leichhardt Library

The Angels: presented by Bob Yates


Thursday 7 September 7.45-9.30pm
Marrickville Library

Exploring the History of Hawthorne Canal: A walking tour with Mark Sabolch
Sunday 10 September, 9.45am

Meet at Lewisham tram stop

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