This year’s lecture will be presented by Professor Joy Damousi at Government House in on the topic: “Elocution Lessons: A history of Australian speech and accent”.
This lecture will look at Australian speech during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when the practice of elocution - the art of speech and eloquence - was at its peak. It will examine this phenomenon when the idea of ‘Australian speech’ was evolving, and being debated. At that time, it was taken for granted that the annunciation of ‘good speech’ was not only desirable but also necessary to enhance success in both society and professional life.
Joy Damousi is Professor of History and Head of the School of Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne.
When: Friday 5 September 2008, 6 for 6.30pm
Where: Government House, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost: $50.00 general / $45.00 HCNSW, HHT members & concession
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History Council of NSW
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Royal Exchange NSW 1225
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