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‘Great Expectations’ for Sydney’s first Charles Dickens international conference

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Sydney will play host to over a hundred Dickensians and bibliophiles after winning the coveted bid to hold the International Dickens Fellowship Conference – now in its 112th year, NSW State Librarian John Vallance announced today.

The announcement coincided with the literary giant’s 206th birthday celebrations at Centennial Parklands today, held beneath the famous life-size statue of Charles Dickens ‐ one of only three of its kind in the world.

According to Dr Vallance: “The State Library is thrilled to be part of the International Dickens Fellowship 112th Conference in October where the NSW Dickens Society has organised a rich and wide‐ranging program of speakers and special events.”

“The State Library holds the original manuscript of an essay Dickens wrote in 1852 encouraging people to settle in NSW, together with a number of other unique works by him.  He was so interested in the colony as a place where people could make a fresh start that he sent his two sons to live here. In return, his popularity in NSW was, and remains huge.” 

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