Wednesday, 3 October 2012

A look at the past

Lovers of Australian history will surely be interested in the upcoming history conference being held in the Blue Mountains later this month. With a conference theme of Colonial Society and Beyond the one-day event will include a broad range of speakers, which include: Paul Ashton, Silas Clifford-Smith, Paul Innes, Ian Jack, Glynis Jones and Jill Roe.

The conference will be opened by former long-time president of the RAHS Professor Ian Jack. The keynote speaker will be Prof Paul Ashton who will talk about the early years of the colony, while historian Silas Clifford-Smith will talk about the importance of gardens to colonial society. Powerhouse Museum curator Glynis Jones will discuss colonial dress and fashion. Professor Emerita Jill Roe will talk about author Miles Franklin and her relationship with the Blue Mountains. As well as these speakers there will be a guided tour of the historic hotel by Paul Innes and John Low will give a musical interlude.

The event will be held at the historic Carrington Hotel in Katoomba on Saturday 20th October 2012. Tickets are $50.00 (price includes lunch and morning tea).
For bookings contack Jan Koperberg at

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