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This is a joint Historic Houses Association and History Council NSW online event exploring settler architecture and houses.



Domestic Defensive Architecture in Early Colonial NSW with Dr Stephen Gapps

The inclusion of defensive elements in early colonial buildings and structures in NSW has had little attention from historians and the heritage field. Often dismissed as decorative features, slit windows, stone walls and strong rooms are surprisingly common features in remote homesteads constructed at the time of Frontier Wars conflict or bushranging in the early 19th century. 



Some were constructed at the time of conflict… and others much later attempting to evoke the hardships of the frontier

Right across the British Empire during the 18th and early 19th centuries, it was a widespread practice to consider defence when building a domestic structure, particularly in areas where that homestead might become a rallying point in times of crisis. In this conversational talk, Dr Stephen Gapps asks us to revisit some of our well-known historic houses and to rethink the way we look at the context of their construction. 



Thursday, 15 April 2021 at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm



This event is online.




Free for current HCNSW and HHA members. Non-members: $10.00.