TALK: Filling Sydney’s Cemeteries

I was delighted to be invited the other day by Dr Peter Hobbins to participate in a symposium at the State Library of NSW on Saturday 26 November 2016.

It is the the launch of a new quarterly seminar series on health and history hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine. The first topic is Health, Ailing and Dying in colonial Sydney.

Ranging across Sydney’s rich past, this inaugural afternoon brings together historians, curators and librarians to discuss the broad patterns and individual tales of life, sickness and dying in the colonial period. Offering a glimpse behind the stories, the seminar also includes presentations on finding historical materials, while showcasing some of the medical treasures held in the State Library’s extraordinary collection.

I’ll be talking about Sydney’s earliest cemeteries. Here’s the line up:

Dr Fiona Starr, Sydney Living Museums    Convicts in the Rum Hospital
Professor Peter Curson, University of Sydney    Epidemics in the metropolis
Dr Lisa Murray, City of Sydney Council    Filling Sydney’s cemeteries
Dr Rachel Franks, State Library of NSW    Historical resources at the State Library

The symposium costs just $15. With plenty of time for questions, and a generous afternoon tea included, we’re sure that you’ll enjoy a healthy discussion.


Symposium flyer: our-healthy-heritage-26-november-2016

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