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Samuel Marsden is famously remembered as the ‘flogging parson,’ but his role as a magistrate involved far more than simply disciplining convicts. Traditionally, magistrates were not only responsible for policing but also for arbitrating disputes and administering local government. They were thus at the centre of their communities, reinforcing the hierarchical and patriarchal nature of society.

Dr Matthew Allen will present a talk that focuses on the broader social significance of Marsden’s magistracy in Parramatta during the Macquarie era. Despite his considerable authority, Marsden was unable to control local society and his failed attempts reveal the complexity of this developing neighbourhood.

Dr Matthew Allen is a Lecturer at the School of Humanities at the University of New England.

When: Thursday 8 September 2016, 6:00-7:30pm
Where: University of New England, FutureCampus, Level 1, 232 Church Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
Cost: Free
Contact: or 02 9689 4888
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Presented by the University of New England.

Image: Samuel Marsden’s Parsonage at St John’s Parramatta, 1860, courtesy State Library of NSW


History Week Neighbours postcardThis event is part of
History Week: Neighbours
3-11 September 2016
Presented by the History Council of NSW
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