Who is Sydney? ThinkSpace film showcase

Earlier this year, as part of the ‘Who is Sydney?’ Competition, domestic and international students were asked to collaborate together on a short film that explored life as a student, in particular the cultural experiences of Sydney.

From a strong field of 18 diverse films, a judging panel of academics and students chose three top films:

Still from ‘Freedom is a home called Sydney’ , 2019

First Place: ‘Freedom is a home called Sydney’ By Sota Maehara (Bachelor of Applied Science) and Martin Phabmixay (Bachelor of Commerce)

Still from ‘積分’, 2019

Second Place: ‘積分’ By Daniel Merson (Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Arts), Dandan Zhao (Master of International Law) and Fergus Martin (Bachelor of Political economics)

Still from ‘Homesick’, 2019

Third Place: ‘Homesick’, By Jiatong Wang (Master of Media Pratice), Wuruo Xu (Master of Media Pratice), and Xiangying Song (Master of Media Pratice)

These three films will be showcased at on the ThinkSpace digital wall from 2nd – 13th December 2019.

Read more about the competition and see the winning films online.

Australia Post’s Christmas Stamp Collection features Rare Books and Special Collections

Each year, Australia Post releases Christmas stamps that celebrate the Christmas holiday, featuring both traditional and secular themes.

This year’s traditional Christmas stamps feature images from a magnificent French illuminated manuscript from the 15th century Book of hours : Horae B.V.M. ad usum Parisiensem, one of the treasures from the Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections. The two scenes from the Christmas story include the Adoration of the Magi and the Flight into Egypt.


  Domestic Christmas-card-rate -rate traditional Christmas stamp, 2019 ‘Flight into Egypt’ from Book of hours : Horae B.V.M. ad usum Parisiensem, folio 84
 International-rate traditional Christmas stamp, 2019 ‘Adoration of the Magi’ from Book of hours : Horae B.V.M. ad usum Parisiensem, folio 76 verso

The traditional Christmas stamps were designed by Simone Sakinofsky with photography by Sarah Lorien.

Read more about the Australia Post 2019 Christmas collection, on the Australia Post Website.

Fritz Schonbach: Exhibition

Fritz Schonbach was 18 when Nazi forces invaded Austria in 1938 and he was forced to flee. While his parents went to Argentina, Schonbach escaped to London where despite being a Jewish refugee he was eventually declared an enemy agent.

Collection of sketches 1 (Hay Internment Camp, 1940)
Schonbach, Fritz Pencil on paper

On the 10th of July 1940 Schonbach, along with 2,000 other German speaking Jewish men, became passenger aboard the infamous HMT Dunera and bound for Australia. The conditions and treatment aboard the Dunera were horrific, but Schonbach was content as long as he was creating his art.

Schonbach, Fritz Pencil and Watercolour on Paper

With only a stub of pencil, he recorded the journey and conditions on the Dunera, his arrival in Sydney, and his time at the Hay Internment Camp through a series of beautiful drawings, satirical cartoons, and later watercolor paintings. During his time in the Hay camp, Schonbach and two other young men created a bi-weekly newspaper that was remembered fondly by the other internees for years to come. At such a young age, despite the often-depressing conditions and the prohibiting aspects of camp life, Schonbach managed to view this time in his life as an adventure where he was free to follow his artistic passion.

Schonbach, Fritz Pencil and Watercolour on Paper

After his internment, Schonbach became a member of the 8th Employment Company of the Australian Army under the command of Captain. E. R. Broughton. He was released from duty by 1946, a demoralizing entire year after the end of the war, at which time he moved to Sydney and began a painting and drawing degree at what is now the National Art School. During his three years of study Schonbach became engaged to local photographer Beverley June Heydon. They were married in 1950 and travelled for several years before eventually settling in Buenos Ares, where Schonbach worked as an artist, illustrator, and cartoonist, and he and June had two children.

“He Say He Wants to Travel by Liner – Not by Mistake” (Hay Internment Camp, 1941)
Schonbach, Fritz Pencil and Watercolour on Paper

His paintings from this time are vibrant and evocative. Never completely content in the politically and socially unstable Argentina, Schonbach eventually moved with his family to the US, and then later to Canada where he lived until his death in 2011. Throughout his life, art continued to be a central theme and driving force.

This exhibition celebrates Schonbach’s work from very difficult to exciting times of his life.

The Archive of Australian Judaica has been operating since the 4th of July 1983 within Rare Books and Special Collections at Fisher Library, The University of Sydney. The Archive of Australian Judaica houses over 32 partial or complete collections of both prominent and lesser known Jewish community organisation, some of which are now non-operational. It also houses over 80 individual collections of prominent Jewish people that have impacted life in the Australian Jewish Community and Australia. You may also wish to visit our collaborative repository for Australian Jewish records, the Archives of the Australian Jewish Historical Society

This Exhibition has be curated by Laura Kevan. Laura is a current Master of Museum and Heritage Studies student at the University of Sydney. Previous she completed a Bachelors of Art Theory with first class Honours and the University Medal from UNSW: Art and Design, with a focus on contemporary war memorials and commemoration. Having been volunteering and interning with art organisations across Sydney for the last few years, Laura has applied this knowledge and experience to her current internship with Australian Archive of Judaica (AAJ) studying the artworks and life of Fritz Schonbach, developing an exhibition, and writing his bio for the AAJ website. A lifelong lover of 20th century art, Laura has visited numerous art galleries worldwide and has spent years on its study. As such, the chance to handle and engage with Schonbach’s work has been an exciting opportunity. His life is truly a wonderful untold story, and the artworks, firsthand accounts, and period newspapers from the Dunera and Hay Internment Camp available in the AAJ are impressive and interesting.

See the Fritz Schonbach on display at Level 4, Fisher Library, 15th November 2019 – 3rd April 2020, or visit the online exhibition.

Peerpod!

‘Peerpod’ is your go-to podcast for all the insider knowledge on how to navigate uni life.

Hosted by our very own Peer Learning Advisors, the podcast is all about increasing a deeper sense of connectivity and belonging at Uni via a bi-monthly topical podcast.

We’ll be sharing stories, providing advice, and answering all the questions you have about Uni.

Listen to the podcast today!

The Peer Learning Advisors aka PLAs are all experienced students with their fingers on the pulse of student needs in real time and are best places to represent, speak to and share space with the student body. They have been trained in being a point of referral to students, offering tips on everything from where to find the best coffee on campus, to overcoming feeling isolated to using tech to support student initiatives and goals. 

Drop in for a chat with our PLAs at ThinkSpace, Bosch Commons, the Quarter, Dentistry Library, or Camden Commons.

Updated Proposed Library Desk and Opening Hours for 2020

So that we can provide concentrated support when you need it most and to simplify our hours across our sites, we are suggesting some changes to our desk and opening hours. Earlier this semester we asked for your feedback on these proposed changes.

We’ve listened to your feedback and made a number of updates to the proposed changes. Once again, we want to hear your feedback.

Proposed changes for 2020 include the following across our sites:

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Changes to Info Desk Hours

Fisher and Law libraries will remain open 24/7 for University staff and students.

In response to feedback and client data, we are proposing a change to when our information desks are open:

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Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Fisher and Law Libraries 24 hours 24 hours 24 hours 24 hours
Fisher Info Desk 8am-8pm 8am-8pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm
Law Info Desk 8am-8pm 8am-8pm 9am-5pm 1pm-5pm

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Changes to Library Opening Hours

To simplify our opening hours across our other Library sites, we are proposing to change when Libraries are open at the following sites:

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Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
SciTech Library 8am-8pm 8am-8pm 9am-5pm 1pm-5pm
Nursing Library 9am-7pm 9am-5pm

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Changes to Chat Now hours

Chat Now is a great way to chat live with a Library staff member for instant support. From Semester 1, 2020 we are looking to extend our ChatNow service to the following hours:

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Monday-Thursday  Friday 
Chat Now 10am-10pm  8am-6pm 

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Opening hours will remain the same in Health Sciences and Conservatorium libraries

In response to feedback and client data, opening hours will not change at Health Sciences and Conservatorium libraries. Hours at those libraries will remain the same as in 2019:

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Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Health Sciences Library 8am-9pm 8am-6pm 10am-5pm 1pm-5pm
Conservatorium Library 8am-8pm 8am-6pm 10am-5pm closed

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What do you think about these changes? We want to hear from you!

Provide your feedback in this short survey.

The survey will close on Monday 2nd December 2019 at 17:00.

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