Sunday 25 February 2018, 2pm

The first Collection Lab theme focuses on the earliest works from the Gallery’s collection and includes four artists:

Tommy McRae (c.1835–1901)

Edward Roper (1830 – 1904)

Conrad Martens (1801-1878)

Louis Buvelot (1814-1888)

Join us to view the art works and hear eminent historian Associate Professor John McQuilton speak about what they tell us about the early years of settlement in Australia.

John McQuilton was born and raised in North-Eastern Victoria. He is an Associate Professor in the School of History and Politics at the University of Wollongong, where he has been teaching Australian History since 1991.

His research, writing and numerous publications cover links between rural settlement lawlessness and folklore; place and its sense of identity; Australian military history, the homefront and commemoration, and comparative regional history.  He has written extensively on Ned Kelly and social banditry including the highly regarded book, The Kelly Outbreak 1878-1880: The Geographical Dimension of Social Banditry first published in 1979.