Various people have desired to gain kudos from establishing themselves as the founder of the Royal Society of Tasmania, notably Governor Eardley Wilmot. Alison will argue that Jane Franklin was the real founder, though as a woman with no official status she had to work behind the scenes.
About the Presenter: Born and educated in Tasmania, Alison Alexander has written 33 books about Tasmanian history. Her paid career was writing commissioned histories, including Launceston Church Grammar School and the Australian Maritime College. The subjects of her biographies range from romantic writer Marie Bjelke-Petersen to governor’s wife Jane Franklin, this book winning the National Biography Award in 2014. Duck and green peas! Forever! Finding Utopia in Tasmania(2018) is her most recent book.
Admission: $6 General Public, $4 Students, QVMAG Friends and members of Launceston Historical Society.
Free for members of The Royal Society of Tasmania
This lecture is presented with the generous support of QVMAG.