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James Boyce on the Truth About Melbourne

De Tocqueville claimed that all places ‘bear some mark of their origin; and the circumstances which accompanied their birth ... Affect the whole term of their being.’ On the day that his new book 1835: the Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia is to be launched, James Boyce will introduce you to the forgotten founding fathers of Melbourne, and encourage speculation on how the unique circumstances of Melbourne’s birth might impact on how the city imagines itself today.

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Portrait of James Boyce

James Boyce

James Boyce is the author of 1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia, published in July by Black Inc., and of Van Diemen’s Land, which won the 2009 Tasmania Book Prize and the 2008 Colin Roderick Award. He is an honorary research associate at the University of Tasmania’s Centre for Environmental Studies, and is based in Hobart.

Lunchbox / Soapbox

We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.

With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.

If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $10 lunchboxes in the Performance Space from 12.20pm.


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