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History Week 2012

4 Sep 2012

Former politician and award winning political biographer Andrew Tink will be giving an intriguing talk ‘The lost clothes behind Australia’s first court case’ on Sunday 9 September 2012, at 3.00pm at the Hurstville City Museum & Gallery.

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Steve McMahon said the free talk was part of celebrating History Week 2012.

“‘Threads’ is the theme of History Week 2012, which explores the history of clothing and the meaning behind the wardrobes of the past,” he said.

“It was actually a dispute over lost clothing which led to Australia's first ever civil court case and Mr Tink will share the fascinating story with Hurstville residents.”

Mayor McMahon said the event is presented by the History Council of NSW in partnership with the Royal Australian Historical Society.

“The talk is sure to be interesting and it dates back to 1787 when there was a dispute over stolen clothing and a convict sued the captain of a First Fleet transport for damages,” he said.

“As convicts under sentence they could not have sued in England and so in this,
Australia's first civil case, they made new law.”

Mayor McMahon said the museum was also holding a jewellery making workshop on Saturday 8 September 2012, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

“Come along to this workshop and look at historical jewellery and create your own masterpiece,” he said.

“The workshop is aimed at those aged nine to 14 years and cost $5.00 per participant.”

Bookings are essential, secure your spot by phoning 9330 6444 or email


Media contact: 
Tanya Abraham
Manager Public Relations and Events
9330 6008 or 0411 748 953

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