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Garryowen: the voice of early Melbourne

April 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


We are delighted to, once again, present the annual AGL Shaw Lecture in partnership with the C J La Trobe Society. And even more delighted to welcome home, Dr Liz Rushen, a former Executive Officer at the RHSV.

In 1888, Edmund Finn (alias ‘Garryowen’), Irish immigrant, journalist and raconteur, memorialized pre-Separation Melbourne in his Chronicles of Early Melbourne 1835 to 1852. The Chronicles are often regarded as the authority on the years of Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe. Finn’s work was critical to how the colonists saw themselves and how we, more than a century later, view the development of Melbourne. This paper will explore the extent to which Finn’s impressions and perspective shaped what people understood to be relevant, important, democratic, and even Victorian.

Dr Liz Rushen is the Chair of the History Council of Victoria, a State Library of Victoria Creative Fellow 2018-19 and an Adjunct Research Associate in the School of Historical Studies at Monash University. Liz is a former Executive Director of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and more recently worked as a Senior Research Associate in the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. Liz has published widely in the field of migration history, including Single and Free: female migration to Australia, 1833-1837 and a social history, Bishopscourt Melbourne: official residence and family home.

RHSV members should be aware that there are no free tickets for this lecture and that you should definitely make a booking as this lecture usually books out. Please also note the later start time. 


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April 16
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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