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’.

Our past speakers have included many of Australia’s leading historians, including Henry Reynolds, Judith Brett, Jenny Hocking, Stuart MacIntyre, Mark McKenna, and Humphrey McQueen. We’ve also hosted writers with strong historical interests like Tom Keneally, Paul Kelly, and Don Watson.

We are happy to announce that Judith Brett and Mark McKenna are returning to speak at the Forum again, in our 2018 program.

Between August 4 and October 27 we shall be hosting fortnightly talks at the Blackheath Primary School hall, corner of Leichhardt Street and the Great Western Highway (see map below).

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 available from 3.30 for a small additional charge of $2 to $5.


Here is an outline of what we have in store for you.

August 4  Was 2001 really the year everything changed? 
PHILLIPA McGUINNESS  (author and publisher)

August 18  Deep Time Dreaming: the history and politics of Australian archaeology
(Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation)

September 1  Hidden in Plain View: the Aboriginal people of coastal Sydney
PAUL IRISH  (historian and archaeologist)

September 15  The Game of Tomorrow: Australian soccer, multiculturalism and the Asian century
JOE GORMAN  (Victoria University) 

September 29  How Liberals Govern: the enigmatic Mr Deakin
Vere Gordon Childe Lecture
JUDITH BRETT ( La Trobe University)

October 13  The Battle Within: writing about the legacy of wartime captivity in postwar Australia
CHRISTINE TWOMEY (Monash University)

October 27  A Place near the Water
MARK McKENNA  (University of Sydney)

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

Best wishes,

The Blackheath History Forum Committee

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