RAHS Day Lecture – Songlines, Swaggies and Surf Safaris: On the Road in Australia
November 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmFree
The road trip looms large in Australian culture. In this lecture, Rosemary Kerr explores how ‘the road’ has captured the imagination of travellers, writers and filmmakers. Hear stories of the Australian road – from sacred Aboriginal ‘songlines’, the rise of motor touring in the early 20th century, outback odysseys, surf safaris in the 1960s and 70s, to ‘grey nomads’ doing the ‘big lap’ around the continent.
About the speaker:
Dr Rosemary Kerr is a historian and heritage consultant with over 20 years’ experience. She is the author of Roads, Tourism and Cultural History: On the Road in Australia (Channel View Publications, 2019). The book is based on her doctoral research, which she completed at the University of Sydney. She is a member of the Professional Historians Association (NSW / ACT) and Australia ICOMOS.RESERVE TICKETS