Annual Lecture 2020

Annual  Lecture 2020

Pre- and early-colonial South Australia’s slavery connections


The History Council of South Australia each year proudly presents an Annual Country Lecture in association with individuals or regional history groups to expand and promote historical books, collections, places, and stories. Due to COVID19 Pandemic restrictions, this year the lecture will be held as a webinar.


This year the annual event is taking place via Zoom on Saturday 21 November 2020 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm ACDT. 

About this Event
The History Council of South Australia presents a panel discussion interrogating the extent to which South Australian’s know about their slavery connections, and the important role historians play in documenting and bringing this to light.

Join panelists Cameron Coventry, Philip Jones and Beth Robertson who will discuss how some of South Australia’s most venerated colonists inadvertently benefitted from and made use of compensation paid to slave owners. The panelists’ focus will be on George Fife Angas (popularly known as South Australia’s ‘founding father’) and pastoralist and politician Edward Stirling (himself born on a Jamaican slave plantation to a woman of colour). The session will be facilitated by Amanda Nettelbeck

This session is part 1 of a 2 part series which will conclude in 2021 with a focus on the implications for, and injustices of, slavery for South Australia’s First Nations people.


A link to a recording of this past event on YouTube can be accessed here.