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Library early closure: The Library will close at 5pm on Thursday 23 October to prepare for the annual Keith Murdoch Oration. More information

Facade conservation & repair works: Over the next few weeks there will be intermittent noise in the La Trobe Reading Room while work is carried out on the external walls. More information

Library early closure & facade conservation works
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Stephen Murray-Smith Lecture

This annual lecture commemorates Stephen Murray-Smith's contribution to Australian intellectual life and promotes research and debate in the broad areas of his interest and influence.

Stephen was an academic and founding editor of Overland magazine. When he died in 1988 he left a vast collection of papers dating back to the 1930s which is now part of the Library's Australian Manuscript Collection.

You can listen to or watch a selection of Stephen Murray-Smith lectures – including the 2014 lecture by Maxine McKew – below.