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RAHS Day Lecture – Terror, Insanity and Suicide in Colonial Sydney

September 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Free

Augustus Earle, Female Penitentiary or Factory, Parramatta c.1826 [Image courtesy Trove]

Although many who take their own lives seek solitude, coronial inquests open up the circumstances of their deaths, and their lives, as those gathered around the deceased take the suffering which ends in suicide and draw something from it. Historians may do likewise. In Sydney, in the 1820s and 1830s, a series of suicides were used to demonstrate the ends of the terror deployed by the government to discipline convicts and free colonists alike. 

About the speaker:

James Dunk is a historian of medicine and imperialism, with a special interest in the history of madness, paperwork, and settler colonial society. His recent book, Bedlam at Botany Bay, is a history of madness in the early phase of colonial Australia, a study of disorder and breakdown in a society very concerned with order and improvement.

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Date:
September 4
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Website:
https://www.rahs.org.au/product/day-lecture-terror-insanity-suicide-colonial-sydney-tickets/

Organiser

Royal Australian Historical Society
Phone:
(02) 9247 8001
Email:
history@rahs.org.au
Website:
www.rahs.org.au

Venue

History House
133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Phone:
(02) 9247 8001
Website:
www.rahs.org.au

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