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Neighbours did not always get along – but sometimes, perhaps, they got along a little too well. When 15-year-old Mary Ann Gill stole out her bedroom window in 1848 to elope with gentleman settler, James Kinchela, her furious father chased the couple to a local racecourse and then fired two pistols at his daughter’s suitor, only narrowly missing his target. What followed became Australia’s most scandalous abduction trial of the era, as well as an extraordinary story of adventure and misadventure, both in Australia and abroad. Armed with little more than a newspaper clipping, historian Kiera Lindsey has pieced together the compelling story of the eventful life of her great, great, great aunt.

When: Thursday 8 September 2016, 12:30-1:30pm
Where: Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Cost: Free
Contact: or 02 9262 7300
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Presented by Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts.

Image: The Convict’s Daughter cover, image courtesy Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts.

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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