The Makings of a City History Conference 2013

Crossing the Great Divide

Held at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Saturday 9 March 2013

  • This year we were especially excited to welcome Dr Siobhan Lavelle OAM as our keynote speaker. The title of her talk was 1813: A tale that grew in the telling which explored the historical interpretation and growing legend of the crossing of Blaxland,
    Lawson and Wentworth.
  • Dr David Blaxland shared the achievements of his ancestor, Gregory Blaxland.
  • Tracy Bradford from the Mitchell Library spoke about the life of William Lawson.
  • Andrew Tink spoke about Australia’s greatest native son, William Charles Wentworth, and his many ‘firsts’.
  • Associate Professor Carol Liston, lecturer in Australian history at the University of Western Sydney, explored the crossing’s impact on the colony and the District of Evan.