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Garry Wotherspoon: Celebrating 180 years of SMSA – 1833-2013

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  • 5 Mar 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Mitchell Theatre Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts 280 Pitt Street
  • Sydney 2000
  • New South Wales
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Did you know that Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts is turning 180 years old on 22 March?

Garry Wotherspoon reveals how and why SMSA started and how we evolved through periods of growth and periods of economic struggle into the organisation we are today, while continuing to fulfil our original charter,                                                                            

Garry’s research brings to life stories of School’s role in the community and of the many of the prominent people who have been members over the years.

Come and join the celebrations!

Guest Speaker

Garry Wotherspoon is a Sydney-based historian whose books include Sydney’s Transport: Studies in Urban History, and City of the Plain, a history of Sydney’s gay subcultures. His academic work has been published in journals in the U.K., France, Germany, the U.S., and Australia. He was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal for his work as an academic, researcher and human rights activist. Garry works as an editorial consultant on the Dictionary of Sydney Project. The Board of the SMSA has commissioned Garry to research a history of the SMSA to celebrate the School’s 180th anniversary. An illustrated flyer of the history will be available later in the year.