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Shaping a democracy: South Australian politics and its leaders in the 1860s

Shaping a democracy: South Australian politics and its leaders in the 1860s

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Allan Scott Auditorium – The Hawke Centre, University of South Australia, City West Campus

55 North Terrace

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Alan Reid explores political life in South Australia in the 1860s, in particular the lives and contributions of SA's 5th to 8th Premiers.

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In this lecture Professor Alan Reid explores political life in South Australia in the 1860s. He focuses particularly on the lives and contributions of the fifth to eighth Premiers of the State - ‘Teapot Tommy’ Reynolds, George Waterhouse, Francis Dutton and Henry Ayers – and how they tried to (re)imagine democracy in the first decade of responsible government in South Australia. Part of a broader project on the 47 Premiers of South Australia, the presentation will build on last year’s lecture about the first four Premiers, exploring various issues and events that tested and shaped our democracy such as the famous ‘Justice Boothby Affair’ which dogged successive Premiers in the 1860s.

Image: South Australian Parliament; the House of Assembly, c.1867, James Shaw (1815-1881), Art Gallery of South Australia

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Allan Scott Auditorium – The Hawke Centre, University of South Australia, City West Campus

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