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Join the City of Sydney Historical Association and author Hilary Bell as she speaks about her recent history of Sydney written for children, The Marvellous Funambulist of Middle Harbour and Other Sydney Firsts

The book is a beautifully crafted and entertaining history of unexpected ‘firsts’ that have happened in Sydney. From the first use of ether by a dental surgeon, to Quong Tart’s first tea rooms, the book explores a number of people, places and events that have shaped Sydney city today. Written in witty short rhymes, readers also learn about the first pistol duel in 1788, the first cemetery in 1792 and the first traffic light in 1933, with a ‘second helpings’ section towards the end that offers more information on the stories explored in the book.

Hilary Bell is an Australian writer of stage, fiction, radio, screen, and theatre. Bell is a graduate of NIDA, the Australian Film Television and Radio School, and the Juilliard Playwrights’ Studio. She writes in many different areas including stage, fiction, radio, screen, and theatre.

When: Saturday 12 November 2016, 2:00pm
Where: Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts
280 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $3 COSHA Members, $5 General

Image courtesy NewSouth Publishing and Hilary Bell