When: 6pm-9pm, Wedesday 7 September 2016
Where: The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Tickets: $45 HCNSW members / $50 General admission (excl fees)
Contact: 02 9252 8715, email@example.com
Drinks and canapés will follow the lecture
The Annual History Lecture is one of the History Council of NSW’s main events. First held in 1996, it was inaugurated by the History Council to underline the importance of history to current issues and concerns. This year’s lecture, Neighbours – and heroes, will be delivered by Professor Heather Goodall.
How have Australians thought of themselves as ‘neighbours’ in the Asia-Pacific region? Professor Goodall will look at how many Australians have had the courage to cross borders – taking risks to build relationships across old borders and new borders, cultural borders and ethnic borders. Goodall notes that some may define Australia by previous policies such as the White Australia exclusions, but history can tell a very different story about those who stood against these restrictions.
Isabel Flick and Kevin Cook, Indigenous activists who stood up for their people, were also not afraid to build alliances across racial lines to work with activists from Australia and overseas. There have also been people like Fred Wong, Molly Bondan, Clarrie Campbell, Danny Singh, Lucy Woodcock and Phyllis Johnson. These are the real neighbours – the heroes we can learn from.
Heather Goodall is Professor Emerita in History in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science at the University of Technology Sydney. She has published collaborative life stories with Indigenous people in Australia, and also on environmental history and on decolonisation across the Indian Ocean.
Image: left to right – Clarrie Campbell, Ada Boyce, unnamed Papuan Seaman and Phyllis Johnson, 1945, courtesy Phyllis Johnson.