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Geoffrey Blainey on family history

Professor Blainey discusses the experience of those migrating from the UK and Ireland to Victoria in the 1800s. He also talks about life in 19th-century Victoria, covering population growth, climate change, religion, marriage and politics.

Professor Blainey is one of Australia's most significant, popular and sometimes controversial historians. He is highly regarded for the originality and breadth of his historical writing including, The peaks of Lyell, The tyranny of distance, Triumph of the nomads, The causes of war, and A short history of the 20th century.

This Don Grant Memorial Lecture was part of the 2010 Family History Feast.