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George Meredith (1778–1856): Colonial Settler and Political Rabble-rouser

  • Legacy Function Rooms 159 Macquarie Street Hobart, TAS, 7000 Australia (map)
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Malcolm Ward

Malcolm Ward is a retired geologist and is currently enrolled at the University of Tasmania on a MA on the early life of George Meredith, planned to be turned into a PhD biography of his full life.

Malcolm was educated in Hobart and was awarded a BSc (Hons) majoring in geology at UTAS in 1981. From there he worked in the mining industry in Australia, North America and elsewhere until his retirement last year, including for a 10-year stint in mining investment banking in Sydney from 1994 to 2004.

He became interested in family history in the 1990s and has published several books on his family. This led to an interest in colonial architecture and he published Built by Seabrook in 2006. This in turn led him to become co-researcher and author for the Glamorgan Spring Bay Historical Society’s recent publication Houses & Estates of Old Glamorgan, which has proved very successful. It was the research for this book that first led Malcolm to explore the life of George Meredith. What was published in Houses & Estates of Old Glamorgan only scratched the surface and he applied to do the higher degree at UTAS to fully explore the topic.

The talk on Meredith will include some history of Meredith’s large house Cambria, which has received some public attention recently.