Colonial Radicalism and Democratic Equality: A public talk by Professor Marilyn Lake AO

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Join in for a talk by one of Australia’s leading historians, Professor Marilyn Lake AO as she delves into the achievements of radical colonial reform in Victoria culminating in the first compulsory minimum wage in the world in 1896. This talk reflects her research in the fields of Australian, American and transnational history with a focus on the history of democracy and campaigns for sexual, racial and class equality.

Professor Marilyn Lake FAHA, FASSA, AO is Professorial Fellow in History at the University of Melbourne. She has previously held chairs in history at La Trobe University, Stockholm University, the University of Maryland and the Visiting Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University. Professor Lake has published a number of books, including ‘Getting Equal: the History of Australian Feminism’ (1999) and most recently, ‘Progressive New World: How Settler Colonialism and Transpacific Exchange Shaped American Reform’ (Harvard University Press 2019).

A Ballarat Heritage Festival event presented by the Eureka Centre Ballarat.

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  • Fri 17 May


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