Date: Sunday 16th March 2014
Time: 2pm - 4pm (Please arrive at Q Station by 130pm to allow for time to be transported to the Wharf Precinct)
Where?: Q Station Sydney Harbour National Park - Manly
Address: 1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly
Cost: Free - RSVP essential
Australia's Gifted Lost Generation of World War I: Ross McMullin
Ross McMullin will provide an illustrated presentation about his book Farewell Dear People: Biographies of Australia’s Lost Generation, which retrieves the forgotten stories of ten exceptional Australians who died in World War I and were a profound loss to their nation, as well as to their families, because they were so outstanding. They include an internationally acclaimed medical researcher, a rising Labor star from Sydney, a Rhodes Scholar from Western Australia, an engineer who excelled at Antarctica with Mawson, a talented Duntroon graduate from Marrickville, a visionary vigneron, a brilliant footballer from Tasmania, a budding architect from Melbourne’s best-known creative dynasty, and a popular farmer who inspired the film Gallipoli.
Dr Michael McKernan reviewed Farewell Dear People in the Canberra Times:
“The research is prodigious, the story-telling hypnotic, the confidence and clarity of the writer remarkable. McMullin writes as well about sport as he does about war, or medical research, or wine-making, or Antarctic exploring. It is a wonderful tribute to the 10 men whose lives we discover for the first time, an extraordinary account of Australia from about the 1870s and into the 1930s, and deeply moving. Ross McMullin makes a powerful case: Australia lost grievously in losing these men and we forget them to our own great loss.” Farewell Dear People has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History and the National Cultural Award.
About The Speaker
Ross McMullin is a biographer and historian. Farewell Dear Peopleis his most recent book. His previous books include Pompey Elliott, an award-winning biography of a famous, controversial and outstandingly successful Australian commander in World War I, and Will Dyson: Australia’s Radical Genius, a biography of a brilliant cartoonist, etcher and writer who was Australia’s first official war artist. Ross also wrote the ALP centenary history The Light on the Hill and another political history, So Monstrous a Travesty: Chris Watson and the World’s First National Labour Government. He has contributed chapters to numerous multi-authored books on history, politics and sport.
Choose Your Poison - Treating Snakebite in Colonial Australia: Peter Hobbins
Snakes were everywhere in colonial Australia – and so were cases of snakebite in white settlers and their domestic animals. Rarely adopting Aboriginal approaches, the colonists instead devised a range of local remedies. While these varied from a simple tourniquet to Condy’s crystals, the most common treatment was undoubtedly brandy in large – or even heroic – doses. Well into the 1920s there was also a thriving market in patent treatments to be dabbed on or rubbed into the bite site.Indeed, doctors rarely held a monopoly on snakebite antidotes. The two which attracted the most acclaim – and condemnation – were ammonia in the 1870s and strychnine in the 1890s. Both considered notorious poisons, these injected treatments were nevertheless taken up rapidly in the colonial world, reaching as far as the United States and British India.Rather than ridiculing these ‘outdated’ therapies, this presentation seeks to explain why colonial snakebite remedies enjoyed such problematic popularity.
About The Speaker
Peter Hobbins trained initially as a pharmacologist studying snake venoms. He has recently completed a PhD on the history of snakes and snakebite in colonial Australia. His current work explores the journeys and stories of those who carved messages into the sandstone of Sydney’s former Quarantine Station.
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Sunday 13th April 2014 - 2pm to 4pm - Speakers TBA
Sunday 4th May 2014 - 2pm to 4pm - Speakers TBA
Sunday 15th June 2014 - 2pm to 4pm - Speakers TBA
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