John Turner Memorial Lecture
When, in 1809, he knew he would be returning to Britain, colonial hand Colonel William Paterson took great care to commission watercolours from John Lewin and George Robert Evans, arguably the leading artists in the colony.
This comparatively ambitious project involved importing both drawing paper and watercolour paints into New South Wales, and the resulting work offers an intriguing snapshot of how what was meant as a penal colony, a place of punitive retribution, could be perceived as something very different.
The lecture will also investigate the role of scrapbooks more generally, and how the watercolours commissioned by Paterson for his own have a significant biographical significance." - Emeritus Professor Michael Rosenthal
The John Turner Memorial Lecture is held in memory of Dr John Turner, a former history lecturer at the University of Newcastle and WEA Hunter. Dr Turner was one of the foremost historians in the Hunter Valley, with a keen interest in local convict history. Dr Turner died in July 1998. The John Turner Memorial History Lecture is a joint initiative of the University of Newcastle and WEA Hunter.
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