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Six days that shook an empire: the centenary of the Irish Rising

Join a panel of speakers chaired by Maxine McKew to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising in Dublin, 1916.

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Detail from Australia’s real scab, in Australian Mining Statesman and Mining Standard, Melbourne, 1917, State Library Victoria
09 April 2016, 2:00pm3:15pm
BookingsBooked out
Location Village Roadshow Theatrette
via Entry 3, La Trobe Street
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

The armed insurrection that began on Easter Monday, 1916, in Dublin had repercussions on the other side of the world here in Melbourne, and across the then British Empire.

To commemorate the centenary of the Rising, and to accompany our display The Irish Rising: 'A terrible beauty is born', join a panel of international and local speakers chaired by Maxine McKew, as they discuss the political and social ramifications in Victoria.


  • Maxine McKew (chair), Honorary Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Fearghal McGarry, Queen's University, Belfast
  • Professor Gillian Russell, Gerry Higgins Chair in Irish Studies, University of Melbourne
  • John Clarke, writer and performer
  • Dr Kevin Molloy, Manager, Australian Manuscripts Collection, State Library Victoria.

Film screening

After the panel, please stay for a screening of 'Michael, they have shot them', a new independent documentary about the ramifications of the Easter Rising in Australia. Book online for the film.

The Library's Irish Rising display and programs are presented in partnership with University of Melbourne. The University will host an international academic conference on 7–8 April to explore the impact of the Easter Rising.