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RAHS / HHA Online Seminar – Playing Their Part: Vice-Regal Consorts of NSW

October 28, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


This seminar is a joint event with the Historic Houses Association of Australia

Join the RAHS and the HHA for a special online seminar about the vice-regal consorts of NSW. In this seminar presenters will discuss the consorts’ contributions to the history of NSW and stories about their historic residence, Government House.

Speakers / Topics:

  • Associate Professor Dr Carol Liston OA will discuss what was expected of the vice-regal consort in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with a brief look at the official residences.
  • Dr Bruce Baskerville will talk about scandals at Government House and how scandals can be used to reveal networks and how influence worked behind the scenes.
  • Joy Hughes – Their terms separated by almost a century, Caroline, Lady Denison (1855-1860) and Margaret (Peggy), Lady Wakehurst (1937-1945) were dynamic long-serving consorts at critical times in the history of Australia. Since the end of World War II, when the NSW Government insisted on the appointment of Australian-born governors, the state has been well-served by equally dedicated (OR you may prefer committed) vice-regal consorts.

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Please Note: Participants will have a brief opportunity to purchase the book (a few days before the seminar date) at a discounted price. Please contact History House on (02) 9247 8001 or admin@rahs.org.au with proof of ticket to arrange a discounted purchase of Playing Their Part: Vice-Regal Consorts of NSW.



October 28, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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