Talking History at Eureka
3 September 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
An event every month that begins at 5:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until 30 September 2021
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Eureka Centre is excited to announce the launch of Talking History @ Eureka, an initiative to explore significant new research into the history of the Ballarat region, with a special focus on the colonial period.
Presented on the first Tuesday of each month at 5.30pm, these talks will present new perspectives on Ballarat and Goldfields history with a special focus on the events and legacy of the Eureka Stockade. Speakers will include academics, writers, independent researchers and people from diverse fields who are engaged in exploring and reimagining Ballarat’s past. Entry is free and no booking is required.
The first talk – Popular Theatrical Entertainment, Eureka, 1854 – will be presented by Ailsa Brackley du Bois on Tuesday 3rd September 2019.
In 1854, the Eureka area was a site of lively, and cosmopolitan, cultural entanglements. Diggers, prospectors, traders, storekeepers and entrepreneurs were joined by roving touring acts, catering for the human throng. The result was a dramatic overload of masculine, youthful and hedonistic energy concentrated within key venues.
In this talk, Ailsa Brackley du Bois will introduce Ballarat’s theatrical scene, as it was, prior to the Eureka Stockade. Ailsa is currently completing a Masters of Arts in Writing & Literature (Deakin). Her thesis is titled ‘Lost Spaces of Popular Theatrical Entertainment, Ballarat Goldfields, 1850s-1870s’.