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Black and white photograph from 1971, showing construction of Sydney Opera House, including a crane with the Hornibrook logo in the foreground.
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Heritage talk: Queensland ingenuity and the Sydney Opera House

Our second heritage talk for 2023 will illuminate how Queensland ingenuity contributed to the construction of one of the world’s most recognisable buildings, the Sydney Opera House. Discover how Sir Manuel Hornibrook’s innovative construction techniques helped bring the iconic sails of the Opera House to life, ahead of the building’s 50th anniversary in October. 

Featured experts are:

  • Dr Luciano Cardellicchio, a researcher, building engineer and architectural designer interested in the intersection of architectural design and construction engineering. Dr Cardellicchio is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales. 

Following the talk, get a closer look at significant items from State Library’s extensive architecture collection with a white gloves experience, and experience the potential of transformative design with a guided exhibition tour of Purpose Built: Architecture for a better tomorrow.


Image: Sydney Opera House,1971, photo by Max Dupain, Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales.

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  • When

    Thu 28 Sep · 10:30am–12:30pm

  • Price


    Bookings required

  • Location

    Auditorium 1

    White Gloves Room

    slq Gallery

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Date and time

Thu 28 Sep


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Queensland Memory

Contact phone:

(07) 3840-9023