Thursday 5 September


Leo Kennedy
Black Snake: the real story of Ned Kelly
Author Leo Kennedy is the great-grandson of Sergeant Michael Kennedy, one of the police officers who was shot and killed by the Kelly gang. In his book Black Snake Leo challenges the legend of Ned Kelly, and instead of celebrating an heroic man of the people, it gives voice to the victims of a merciless gang of outlaws. This is a captivating true story, gleaned from meticulous research and family history, of two men from similar backgrounds whose legacies were distorted by history.
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Phillip Bradley
D-Day New Guniea Leading
Australian military historian Phillip Bradley presents the extraordinary story of the battle for Lae and the greatest combined airborne and amphibious operations of the Pacific War. Phillip’s complete telling of one of the most significant campaigns of the Pacific War and Australia’s role in it is informed by an intimate knowledge gained from his many trips to the battlefield, complemented by his research skills and many unique interviews with New Guinea battlefield veterans. D-Day New Guinea is Phillip's eighth book.
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Mark Dunn
A Landscape of Violence: Colonial Conflict in the Hunter Valley
During the years 1825-1827 the Hunter Valley, one of the pastoral frontiers of the colonial world exploded into violent confrontation between the settler population and the Aboriginal people of the region. While the European settlers saw this as a seemingly unprovoked series of random attacks, closer examination suggests a more targeted campaign of retaliation and retribution against set targets and estates. This talk examines a largely forgotten component of one of NSWs oldest settled regions and looks at how alliances, friendships and respect worked to protect some who found themselves caught up in the conflict.
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Barbara Appleton
All thanks to the diarists!
This presentation examines the work of four diarists to demonstrate how private journals give greater depth to historical research. The diaries were consulted by Barbara Appleton when researching her book Tracking Mr Sharpe: Hawksbury to Bathurst in a changing colony published by the Dharug & Lower Hawksbury Historical Society.
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3.30pm - 5pm
Ed Tonks
Horses and Coal Mines
Horses played a vital role in the operation of the Hunter’s 19th and 20th centuries’ coal mining operation. This illustrated talk will examine their use and their contribution to our coal mining history.
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