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Creative conversations: Six degrees of separation in early-colonial Melbourne

Wednesday 17 September 2014, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Cowen Gallery
Level 2a, Main entry, Swanston St
Has wheelchair access

In their insightful talk, 'Six degrees of separation in early-colonial Melbourne', Nicole Lindsay (Creative Fellow 2013–14) and Dr Madonna Grehan (La Trobe Society Fellow 2013–14) discuss the untold histories of two early Melbourne characters who have slipped through the cracks of history.

John Byng, an African-American publican, and Sarah Barfoot, an émigré gentlewoman-midwife, are barely footnotes in Victoria's history. How they came to Melbourne, and the lives they made here, offer new and surprising perspectives on the city's early years.

Nicole and Madonna also discuss their research projects undertaken as Library fellows, and how they have used the Library's collections to map the traces left behind by their subjects.

This talk is part of Creative conversations, an intimate, behind-the-scenes lecture series that features artists and writers from the Library’s Fellowship Program.