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Susan Boyer - Across Great Divides

Event Information

  • 5 May 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • 280 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Sydney CBD
  • New South Wales
Other Information
  • Cost: Free and open to the public

Join Susan Boyer for a unique exploration of Sydney’s early history, telling the story of worlds colliding and meetings between cultures.


“All communication with family and friends now cut off, we are leaving the world behind us, to enter a state unknown”… so wrote David Collins aboard one of eleven ships entering the vast, unchartered waters of the Southern Ocean. Hundreds of people were being taken against their will to a mysterious land on the edge of the world.


Using historical record, Susan fleshes out the real stories of the men and women — British and Indigenous — who experienced life in Australia’s first colony. Across Great Divides: True Stories of Life at Sydney Cove vividly captures the struggle of the early years: the excitement of discovery, fear of the unknown and the elation of hard-won success.


As their stories unfold, you will no doubt wonder, ‘What would I have done?’





Guest Speaker


Susan Boyer is the author of over twenty non-fiction titles and has a passion for Australian colonial history. Following a tertiary teaching career, she is now a full-time researcher, writer and presenter.


Across Great Divides: True Stories of Life at Sydney Cove is a non-fiction Australian history title, combining her love of history with her storytelling skills. Her view on Australian colonial history was published this year in The Age, SMH, Canberra Times, Brisbane Times and WA Today: www.theage.com.au/comment/australia-day-take-a-fresh-look-at-our-past-20150120-12tvh9.html


Susan is currently researching and writing the second book in her Great Divide, Australian history series.