Each year THRA invites a prominent Australian (usually a writer and typically an historian) to present a special lecture in honour of Peter Ross Eldershaw.
Peter was one of the founding members of THRA and edited Papers and Proceedings from 1951 until his death in 1967. An outstanding archivist, Peter Eldershaw played a leading role in framing the Tasmanian Archives Act 1965: a milestone in Australian archival legislation. Robert Sharman published a memoir of Peter Eldershaw here.
The list of Eldershaw lecturers is an honour roll of Australian history, beginning with the inaugural speaker Geoffrey Blainey. In the following five years AGL Shaw, George Rudé, Lloyd Robson and Manning Clark delivered. In more recent years Henry Reynolds and Tom Griffiths have continued this illustrious tradition. The lecture has been a platform for local historians, too. NJB Plomley, Dan Sprod, Richard Davis, Alison Alexander and Henry Reynolds among them.
Men and women, people, places, fire and rain, the lectures have ranged through vast time periods, explored the personal as well as the catastrophic and the shining aim and method of history itself.
The 2018 Eldershaw Lecturer is
9 October 2018 - Topic to be advised
The 2017 Eldershaw Lecturer is
Tuesday 8th August
The 2017 Eldershaw Lecture is to be delivered by the celebrated academic and authority on convict women Professor Lucy Frost.
Professor Frost will speak on:
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This is a public lecture. It is free and members are encouraged to bring a guest. A supper together with celebratory sparkling wine will be provided.