Garry Wotherspoon – Paddington: A History 

The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts presents: Garry Wotherspoon – Paddington: A History 

Join historian Garry Wotherspoon as he shares the unique history of Sydney’s celebrated heritage suburb.

The suburb we now know as Paddington has a long, ever-changing and chequered history. Paddington has been everything from a village, a home to many of the colonial gentry, the site of Australia’s first military establishment, a slum due for demolition, a haven for ‘New Australians’, one of Sydney’s first suburbs to ‘gentrify’, and the place where resident action took off.

Its existence today is due to efforts of Paddington’s residents to fight off those who have tried to destroy it: state and council bureaucrats, indifferent property owners, the Department of Main Roads, and developers. Its a tale of struggle, but also one of hope.

About the speaker: Garry Wotherspoon is a Sydney-based writer, a former academic and NSW History Fellow. His books include Sydney’s Transport: Studies in Urban History, and Being Different: Nine Gay Men Remember. His The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts: A History was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s History Awards, and his Gay Sydney: A History was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards. He was awarded Australia’s Centenary of Federation Medal for his work as an academic, researcher and human rights activist. He most recently co-wrote a chapter with Paul Ashton in the newly released book, Paddington: A History.


When: Tuesday 12 February 2019, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Where: Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: Free – everyone welcome
(no bookings required)


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