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The Blackheath History Forum is open to anyone interested in understanding Australian history in both its national and global contexts.  Our aim is to highlight ‘the past in the present’.

Between July 30 and October 22 we shall be hosting fortnightly talks at the Blackheath Primary School hall, corner of Leichhardt Street and the Great Western Highway (see map below). But please note that Stuart Macintyre’s talk on September 10 will be held at the Blackheath Community Centre, corner of Gardiners Crescent and the GWH, just opposite the train station.

Doors open at 3.30, talks start at 4.00, followed by a Q&A which generally ends around 6.00. Admission is $5 (free to those 18 and under). Refreshments are also available for a small additional charge.

Jackie French to open
our 2016 season on July 30

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The History Forum is delighted to announce that our 2016 series will be opened by Jackie French—author, historian, ecologist, former Children’s Laureate, and Senior Australian of the Year 2015. The focus will be on her 2013 book: Let the Land Speak: A history of Australia—how the land created our nation.

Jackie will be the first of our line-up of seven distinguished speakers. Here’s a summary. Put the dates on your calendar now!

For full details about our speakers and their talks please go to the 2016 Program page or download and print our 2016 program flyer.

July 30
Jackie French
Let the Land Speak!

August 13
John Blaxland (ANU)
Inside the Looking Glass: How ASIO viewed the World, 1963-1975 

August 27
Catherine Bishop (Australian Catholic University)
Not just Pin Money: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney

September 10
Stuart Macintyre (Melbourne University) 
Post-war Reconstruction in Australia

September 24
James Curran (Sydney University)
When allies turn against you: the crisis in American-Australian relations, 1972-75

October 8
Angela Woollacott (ANU)
Fiji and the shaping of Don Dunstan

October 22
Frank Bongiorno
Australia’s 1980s: why do they matter?

For more details about our speakers and talks just go to the 2016 Program page.

And join us on October 15-16 for a weekend of films about “Democracy American Style”

Bewildered and anxious about how Americans do democracy? Well, we’re planning another film weekend at Mount Vic Flicks—just 3 weeks before the US Presidential Elections. We’ll be screening some classic films that shine a light on American politics from the New Deal to the present. Unmissable!

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We look forward to meeting you at our next forum event.

Best wishes,

The Blackheath History Forum Committee