'Australia's Big Science Picnic, 1914: Some New Evidence'
Bookings now open for the HCV Annual Lecture
|Professor Lynette Russell, FRHistS, FASSA, of Monash University, will deliver the 2015 Annual Lecture of the History Council of Victoria.
In 1914 the Australian Government sponsored the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS) to travel to Australia for their annual conference. Over 150 scientists traveled on three ships especially commanded for the event. Across five major cities public talks, demonstrations and excursions familiarised the visiting scientists with Australian natural and hard sciences, geology, botany as well as anthropology.
This lecture draws on recently uncovered archival materials from Oxford’s Bodleian Library and considers the personalities, logistics, events and outcomes of this massive undertaking. Two outcomes were to establish a Commonwealth Scientific Institute (later CSIRO) and a national telescope at Mt Stromlo. Although these were delayed by the Great War, it's clear that this Big Science Picnic left a lasting legacy.
WHEN: Thursday 22 October 2015
6 pm (light refreshments) for 6.30 pm (lecture)
WHERE: Old Treasury Building, East Melbourne
TICKETS: $15 each, book now!