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Barbara Toohey: Murray River Paddlesteamers

Event Information

  • 3 May 2011 8:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Cook Community Hub Hall, 41 Templeton St,
  • Cook
  • Australian Capital Territory
Other Information
  • Cost: Free

Barbara Toohey will give a brief history of Murray River paddlesteamers and will feature the PS Enterprise and her great grandfather, Captain John Clement Newman.  

Barbara tells of the challenges and hardships of a commercial river boat captain, drawing on the stories of her ancestor.  This presentation gives an interesting and sometimes surprising insight into a life style that was so important to our forebears but that has almost entirely disappeared.

Barbara has been doing family history research for about 15 years with a strong emphasis on early Australian records as well as interests in English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch and German branches of her family.  She has a keen interest in photos and charts.

Visitors welcome.