Scholarly Musings: Colonial Brothers

Past Event

Tuesday, 1 August 2017 - 11am to 12pm

Colonial Brothers: Robert and Helenus Scott of Glendon

With Dr Mark Dunn

Robert and Helenus Scott arrived in NSW in 1821 and took up a large estate in the newly opened Hunter Valley. They were part of a wave of free, wealthy emigrants and their family legacy lives on through the books and papers of David Scott Mitchell, their nephew, which formed the basis of the Mitchell Library. As prodigious letter writers and keepers of journals, the Scott brothers created a rich archive. This talk will examine their impact on colonial NSW and question whether their legacy is as civilised as they hoped.

Dr Mark Dunn is an independent scholar and professional historian.  He worked as a historian in the Sydney heritage industry for 15 years before undertaking a PhD in the colonial history, class and race relations of the Hunter Valley.  He is actively involved in public history in NSW, being Chair of the Professional Historians Association and a member of the NSW Heritage Council.  He was the C.H. Currey Fellow for 2016 from which the research for this talk originates. 

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