In the Hunter Valley during the colonial years before the 1850s, many of the properties of prominent settlers were on a type of circuit for visitors to the area, with many of the same people appearing in journals and diaries of visits to the region. Historian, Dr Mark Dunn, will look at the politics of visitation, who was on and off the list, who was hospitable and who was not, and how those interconnections shaped the valley’s social fabric.
Mark Dunn is a professional historian, and some time archaeologist, who grew up in Singleton and now works in Sydney and around NSW. His family has long and deep connections with the town, a fact he drew on for inspiration in his recently completed PhD on the Colonial History of the Hunter Valley.
Proudly presented as part of the History Council of NSW’s Speaker Connect program for History Week 2016.
Image: Robert Scott, 1820, image courtesy State Library of New South Wales.
This event is part of
History Week: Neighbours
3-11 September 2016
Presented by the History Council of NSW
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