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Singleton Library’s History Week program

History Week has turned into History month at Singleton Library with a packed schedule of events sure to POP! in line
with this year’s theme – but there’ll also be a smattering of gold dust over Singleton's heritage and history as part of the program.

The celebrations will be officially launched with the exhibition ‘Locally Loved Collections’ on Thursday 31 August from 6pm, based around the POP! theme and focusing on popular culture collections covering everything from erasers to vintage Barbies and curated in Singleton. Wines and a selection of cheeses will be served.

The History Council of NSW will also present ‘The popular culture of long distance love’ when senior curator from the State Library of New South Wales, Alison Wishart, comes to Singleton on Thursday 7 September as part of the popular Speaker Connect program, followed by wine and cheese. The event will run from 5.30pm to 7pm.

If you’re more interested in things that glitter, venture back to the goldfields of 1853 where licensed inns and sly grog sellers did a roaring trade as the social hub of village life with Dr Geoff Cummins on Monday 4 September at 1.30pm. Dr Cummins will introduce the characters, shenanigans and atmosphere of this unique era, as well as serve afternoon tea.

Then get your own hands dirty and with some tips for hunting for precious metals and gemstones when Judy Buss from Goanna Gold Detectors lifts the lid on modern-day prospecting on Thursday 14 September from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Anthony Egan, Singleton Council’s Director Corporate and Community, said this year’s program offered some great insights into two very diverse topics.

“History Week is an initiative of the History Council of NSW and provides the Library with a wonderful opportunity to showcase the heritage and history we have right here in Singleton,” he said.The team at the Library do an amazing job to put together an interesting program that is both relevant to the History Week theme and our own local history, with colourful and entertaining presenters.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in either pop culture or gold prospecting, or in history generally, to get in early to book a place for these events.”
Bookings are essential for all events.

For more information on these and other library programs, visit www.singleton.nsw.gov.au or contact Singleton Library on 02 6578 7500.


Image: Local History Officer Natalie Dimmock and Team Leader Library Resources Kylie Tatt prepare for the ‘Locally Loved Collections’ exhibition as part of History Week.

Media release and image courtesy of Singleton Council.