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Historian and Emerita Professor Jill Roe, Third HRC Seymour Lecture in Biography

Venue: National Library of Australia, Canberra, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Biography and the Struggle for the Soul of Australia


Heather Munroe, John Seymour, Jill Roe
and Paul Pickering

  Jill Roe

Jill Roe AO is a well-known historian with a special interest in historical biography. She chaired the editorial board of the Australian Dictionary of Biography (1996-2006) and is a past President of the Australian Historical Association. In this lecture she will examine Manning Clark’s 1962 proposition, that the story of Australia is a story of the struggle between the forces of Catholicism, Protestantism and the Enlightenment, through the prism of biography. She will look at developments in biography in Australia since Clark’s day, paying attention to such influences as religion and secularism, and heredity and environment.

Emerita Professor Roe will repeat her lecture at:
NGV Australia: Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square, Melbourne on 3 October 2007 and in
National Maritime Museum,Sydney 10 October 2007.

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