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Thu 21 Aug                                                                           Brilliant Ideas: Inventing and Adapting machines for opal mining at Lightning Ridge                                                       Rob Renew will discuss how opal mining methods changed from the 1960s-1980s in Lightning Ridge.


Thu 28 Aug                                                                               ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ in your local area                               Ryde Local Studies Librarian Angela Phippen will explain some sources she has used to discover the ladies’ seminaries and classical academies that operated in her area.


Wed 3 Sep                                                                                     How did we get to Gallipoli?                                                 Historian and writer, Craig Wilcox, examines how a young nation with no army could raise and equip a large military force so effectively.

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