August Members Meeting

Friday 5 August at 7.30pm at
Burnside City Uniting Church, 384 Portrush Rd Tusmore

Speaker: Professor Philip Payton
Drawing upon his recent book Vice-Regal: A History of the Governors of South Australia (Wakefield Press, 2021), Philip Payton alights upon the lives of a cross-section of ‘vice-regal wives’, and asks to what extent these women complemented, enhanced, ameliorated – or otherwise – the reputations of their husbands as Governors of South Australia.

He reveals a number of surprising stories, some uplifting and some shocking, which demonstrate the significance and influence of these wives, finding for some a prominent place in the history of the State.

Philip Payton is Professor of History at Flinders University and Emeritus Professor of Cornish & Australian Studies at the University of Exeter in the UK. He is an Hon. Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He is the author or editor of sixty books and numerous chapters and articles, and is a former editor of the Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia. Other Wakefield Press titles by Professor Philip Payton include: One and All: Labor & the Radical Tradition in South Australia (2016); Emigrants & Historians: Essays in Honour of Eric Richards (ed. 2016); and Pictorial History of Australia’s Little Cornwall (2020).