Tuesday, 2 February 2016 - 11am to 12pm
We all know about Mary Reibey, 19th century female entrepreneur extraordinaire … but was she really so extraordinary? This talk explodes the myth of female domesticity and reveals the women who were the economic face of Sydney in the mid-nineteenth century, both the respectable and the somewhat disreputable. Catherine Bishop is a historian at the University of Sydney and the Australian Catholic University. Her PhD from the Australian National University won the ANU Gender Institute’s thesis prize for excellence in gender research in 2012. She has published several articles, has written for the Dictionary of Sydney and is the author of Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Business women in Sydney (NewSouth Publishing, 2015).