To mark the bicentenary of the Rum Rebellion in 1808, which deposed Governor Bligh and placed him under arrest the State Library of New South Wales has an exhibition until 27th April 2008 and a conference next Friday 14th March.
The exhibition is called Politics and Power: Bligh’s Sydney Rebellion 1808 and presents the story of the rebellion through the original pictures, manuscripts and printed works of the time.
The conference “will take a fresh look at methods of control and acts of opposition to authority. Topics include protests at ‘female factories’ and penal stations; conflict between naval and military administration of the colonies; and acts of lawlessness. Speakers include Dr Peter Stanley, Prof Richard Waterhouse, Brad Manera, Dr Grace Karskens and Paul Brunton.”
The conference costs $105, $85 (concession), includes a walking tour reconstructing the Rebellion followed by drinks in the Hyde Park Barracks on Thursday 13 March and the all day conference on Friday 14 March. Thursday program only: $30 Friday program only: $90.