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The Time Traveller’s Book Club

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The Time Traveller’s Book Club with Dr Mike Smith

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Take a romp through history, led by Dr Mike Smith, archaeologist and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the National Museum of Australia.

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Tuesday 26 September 2017, 11am–12.30pm

This month’s book is The Colony: A history of early Sydney, by Grace Karskens, Allen & Unwin, 2010.

This is the story of the early years of Sydney. It reveals how landscape shaped the lives of the original Aboriginal inhabitants and the newcomers, how new social patterns emerged, and how settler and Aboriginal histories became entwined.




Tuesday 31 October 2017, 11am–12.30pm

This month’s book is The Invention of Nature: The adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the lost hero of science, by Andrea Wulf, Hodder & Stoughton, 2015.

Wulf reveals the life of Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859), intrepid explorer, naturalist and the father of environmentalism.




Tuesday 30 January 2018, 11am–12.30pm

This month, we’ll be discussing White Gold: The extraordinary story of Thomas Pellow and North Africa's one million European slaves, by Giles Milton, Hodder & Stoughton, 2005.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, up to one million white Europeans were captured by Barbary pirates and sold into slavery in North Africa. Milton explores this little-known aspect of the slave trade through the experiences of Cornish cabin boy, Thomas Pellow.

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