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Mon 18 Feb 2013, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Central & CBD, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts 180th Anniversary
Established 22 March 1833

Get inspired this year at The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, when Sydney’s best-kept secret turns 180 in March…

“Our 180th year marks a significant milestone and we look forward to continuing to offer Sydneysiders a fascinating piece of Australian history as well as a cultural oasis full of intriguing programs, a wonderful library and the Tom Keneally Centre, right in the middle of Sydney’s business and shopping districts,” says Grahame Marks, Secretary of the SMSA.

An unsung hero situated right in the heart of Sydney, the SMSA was established in 1833 by the liberal Governor Richard Bourke, who intended to ‘improve the lot of the working classes’. It did much more than that.

So successful were its programs, that in 1883 the Government took over the training programs and established what is now known as TAFE. Highly progressive, the SMSA made a major contribution to Australian culture, industry, society and politics.

Its programs are often free or low-cost and include wait-listed writing classes with Tom Keneally, intriguing talks about Australian history, book launches by accomplished Australian authors and more.

On Monday 18 February Author and Commentator Peter Fitzsimons will give a talk ‘Eureka – the Unfinished Revolution’, 6-7pm.

Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt St Sydney, 02 9262 7300,