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Gillian Kelly OAM: Lacemakers of Calais

Event Information

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

Gillian will tell us about the story of the Lace Workers from Calais, born in the Midlands of England, trapped between the poorhouses of Nottingham and the French Revolution who emigrated to the colonies of Australia in the late 1840s. Their friendship survived the move from country to country and they were a close knit community.  The discovery of gold altered that. Their lives swung out and away from each other, twisting and traversing the colonies. The close knit community of the Lacemakers of Calais had disappeared into the fabric of the developing Australian Society.  Now a unique group of people, the descendants of the Lacemakers, share a bond that is more than 150 years old. Gillian is one of those people.  Visitors welcome.