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Cancelled: Colonial Sydney CBD - Through the eyes of an archaeologist

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health warnings, the University of Sydney will not be hosting public events for the foreseeable future.

As a result the Chau Chak Wing Museum's monthly Saturday talks series will no longer go ahead as planned.

Thank you for your understanding.


Event type: Afternoon lecture 
Date and time: Saturday 4 April, 2 - 3pm
Venue: General Lecture Theatre
Quadrangle A14, University of Sydney (Camperdown/Darlington Campus)
Entry:  Free, registration essential

Join us for a free public lecture by Helen Nicholson in our series Travellers in Time.

This lecture looks at the Sydney CBD through the eyes of an archaeologist. With a focus on the late 18th, 19th and early 20th century and concluding with a closer look at The Rocks,  we explore what Sydney was like when the British arrived, where people lived and how the city expanded and changed over time. Traces of this colonial past can still be found in the city today. 

Helen Nicholson developed school and adult education programs at the Nicholson Museum and spent twenty years as a casual lecturer and tutor for the Department of Archaeology and the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sydney before taking a position as a Producer at the Powerhouse Museum. She has developed and led many overseas tours and has worked on archaeology and cultural heritage projects in Sydney, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Jordan, Uzbekistan and Cambodia. She is a senior team member of the Paphos Theatre excavations in Cyprus and is currently cataloguing and analysing artefacts excavated prior to the construction of the Sydney Harbour YHA. 

This series is sponsored by Academy Travel.

Academy Travel

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