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RAHS Day Lecture – ‘Tumble Down White Fellow’: The Bathurst War 1822-24

October 5 @ 13:00 - 14:00

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Gudyarra (war) is the story of the occupation of Wiradyuri Country and the resistance warfare conducted by Wiradyuri people between 1822 and 1824 around the Bathurst region.

Dr Stephen Gapps will discuss how effective Wiradyuri resistance warfare really was; how the British regarded it as a war at the time, and how we have failed to truly comprehend and commemorate the Bathurst War.

About the speaker: Dr Stephen Gapps is a museum curator and public historian working to bring Frontier War histories into broader recognition as Australia’s First Wars. His book The Sydney Wars: Conflict in the early colony 1788–1817 was the inaugural winner of the Les Carlyon Award for military history in 2020. In 2021, Gudyarra: The First Wiradyuri War of Resistance, the Bathurst War 1822-1824 was published by New South Books.

Gudyarra was shortlisted for the 2022 NSW Premier’s NSW Community and Regional History Prize.


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October 5
13:00 - 14:00


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