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2022 Annual McLaughlin Address at Wentworth Falls School of Arts

5 March 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Richard White will speak on “Symbols of Australia – Imagining a Nation” at the Blue Mountains Historical Society’s 2022 McLaughlin Address at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts, Great Western Highway, on Saturday 5 March at 10.00 for 10.30 a.m.


Australia’s national symbols are constantly changing. In just the last decade, significant changes have taken place relating to the flag, the Holden, Uluru, Vegemite, the Akubra…

This address focuses on a group of older more traditional symbols related to the potent idea of the bush as the real heart of Australia: the gum tree, the kangaroo, the billy, the cooee and the wattle. Even these apparently stable fixtures in the Australian imagination have not kept still.

Richard White taught Australian history and the history of travel and tourism at the University of Sydney from 1989 to 2013.

His publications include “Inventing Australia”, “The Oxford Book of Australian Travel Writing” and “On Holidays: A History of Getting Away in Australia.”

He co-edited “History Australia” from 2008 to 2013. Current research interests include the history of ‘history tourism’ in Australia and the history of the cooee.

A new edition of his “Symbols of Australia: Imagining a Nation” (co-edited with Melissa Harper) appeared in 2021.

Attendance at this must-hear talk is free for members of the Society and $5 for non- members.

Tea and coffee available for a gold-coin donation. All current Covid requirements will be observed.

Tickets may be booked by phoning 02 4757 3824 (leave a message if unattended) or emailing bmhs@bluemountainshistory.com We look forward to seeing you on the day.



5 March 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm