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Friends of the UWA Library Speaker : Life on the Eastern Goldfields in the 1890s - Exploring some traditional images and perspectives Other events...
About the talk

We are familiar with the traditional, often romanticised images and stories of prospectors, diggers up and down on their luck, rushes into the wilderness, mining mates, camp life and lonely deaths in the bush. 'The rush to be rich' lured a multitude of people to the fields - travellers and observers, itinerants and settlers, builders and speculators. This period and place has been fertile ground for the proliferation of myths and legends. Some myths have passed comfortably into history. Do we see different things and things differently when we re-took at the historical evidence from the perspective of the 21st century?

This talk will explore that question, re-examining the representations of 1890s travellers, such as Albert Calvert and Walter Hodgson, Catharine Bond and May Vivienne, as well as some iconic photographic images and personal writings. It tells a (somewhat) different history of the 1890s fields.

About the Speaker

Dr Lenore Layman is a Murdoch University historian who researches widely in Western Australian history. She has recently published 110 in the Waterbag. A History of Life, Work and Leisure in Leonora, Gwalia and the Northern Goldfields; and Powering Perth. A History of the East Perth Power Station and the Electrification of Perth. She is the historian member of the team which has produced the Australian Asbestos Network website on the health disaster of asbestos use in Australia. Lenore has published numerous articles on aspects of Western Australia's industrial, labour and health history, and is currently assisting the National Party of Australia (WA) with the writing of the party's centenary history (1913-2003).

Members Free, Non-Members $5 donation

For further information contact 6488 2354 or email [email protected]
Speaker(s) Dr Lenore Layman
Location Reid Library Ground Floor Meeting Room, UWA
Contact Susan O'Connor <[email protected]> : 6488 2354
Start Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:00
End Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:00
Submitted by Susan O'Connor <[email protected]>
Last Updated Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:12
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