Exciting New World – Recorded Lectures on YouTube

Left: Mont Clair, 347 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst; Centre Top: Ballina, 5 Darley Street, Darlinghurst; Centre Bottom: The Savoy, 10 Hardie St, Darlinghurst; Right: The Metro (formerly the Minerva), Orwell St, Potts Point [Courtesy Angela Phippen]

It is with great pleasure that we can now announce the release of all three recorded lectures from the morning session of our Exciting New World: Australian Life in the 1920s and 1930s seminar.

The videos are available to re-watch on the RAHS YouTube channel.

In the three talks you will hear from conservation architect Scott MacArthur of the Marrickville Heritage Society, Dr Anna Wong, Director, ACT Historic Places, and RAHS Councillor and former NFSA historian Graham Shirley.

Australian Architecture in the 1920s: Building for a Healthy New World – In Scott MacArthur’s talk, we are introduced to the aspirational and health-based aspects of 1920s architecture in Australia.

Hopes and Dreams in the New Federal Capital: The Calthorpes’ House Collection and Mrs Calthorpe’s Shopping Spree – Dr Anna Wong presents on the Calthorpes’ House Collection, which was furnished using a mail-order catalogue from Beard Watson and Co. Her talk outlines what domestic living was like in the suburbs of Canberra.

1920s and 1930s: Entertainment Media Revolution – Graham Shirley’s presentation showcases the 1920s and 1930s: Entertainment Media Revolution. He discusses the introduction of radio broadcasting, the spread of suburban and rural cinemas, and the impact of imported and locally made films on Australia.

We hope you enjoy these fascinating history talks.

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