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Warnings from the grave: Death, glory and memory in Australian cemeteries

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The Mint

10 Macquarie Street

Sydney, NSW 2000

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Cemeteries are storehouses of history and rightly form part of our national heritage. The human remains, gravestones, furniture and setting all embody the rituals of death. The material culture of death recorded in our cemeteries are valuable sources for historians, but should never be considered in isolation. To truly understand the Australian way of death we must appreciate cemeteries as cultural landscapes, analyse the social and economic history of funerary practices and consider the fickle nature of memory and commemoration.

In this Annual History Lecture, Dr Lisa Murray will survey the history of Australian cemeteries, highlighting the central role memory has played in their fates. She will reflect upon the beauty, value and threats to our national heritage.

Dr Lisa Murray is the City Historian, overseeing a diverse program at the City of Sydney Council encompassing community, civic and urban history. With 20 years of experience in the field of public history, Lisa is passionate about making our history accessible to everyone. Recent publications include the award-winning Sydney Cemeteries: A Field Guide (NewSouth Publishing, 2016) and Our City: 175 Years in 175 Objects (City of Sydney, 2017).

A cocktail reception will follow the lecture. Find out more at our website.

Supported by Create NSW, Sydney Living Museums and De Bortoli Wines.

SPECIAL OFFER: Student admission $30. Places are limited, contact us at admin@historycouncilnsw.org.au to claim the offer.

About the Annual History Lecture

First held in 1996, the Annual History Lecture was inaugurated by the History Council of NSW to underline the importance of history to current issues and concerns. It is the premier networking event for history professionals and enthusiasts during our flagship festival, History Week.

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