From an ‘unnamed little shanty town’ in 1836, the village grew to be Melbourne the golden capital of a newly-created colony in 1851. The physical development of this unprepossessing place on the banks of the Yarra was to become, however, the home for some intrepid, energetic and surprisingly talented people. This talk will introduce some of the earliest settlers, such as Superintendent Charles Joseph La Trobe at Jolimont, John Pascoe Fawkner of Pascoevale, Georgiana McCrae of Mayfield and James Palmer of Burwood (later Invergowrie) who came to live there.
Our Guest Speaker – Guest Speaker
Loreen Chambers taught history at Scotch College before teaching for over twenty years at Lauriston Girls School where she became Head of History. She is currently the Vice-President of the C J La Trobe Society which was formed in 2001 to promote understanding and appreciation of the life and times of Charles Joseph La Trobe, Victoria’s first Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria from 1839. She is on the editorial committee of its journal La Trobeana after a stint as Editor, and is also a regular contributor to articles on the life of La Trobe, especially in his retirement years in Kent, Herefordshire and Sussex. Loreen also lectures at U3A Deepdene, The Lyceum Club and elsewhere on History and on Travel to places like Norfolk.
Saturday 18th February 2017
Hawthorn Community Precinct
584 Glenferrie Road