Merton Hall History Society – Afternoon Tea with Professor Geoffrey Blainey

Merton Hall History Society - Afternoon Tea with Professor Geoffrey Blainey

This year, we were treated to a very special guest speaker at the first event for the Merton Hall History Society for 2017. Bestselling author and historian, Professor Geoffrey Blainey kindly agreed to speak after being invited by his friend and MGGS past parent, John Castles.

As one of Australia’s most significant historians, Professor Blainey has written over 40 books including The Tyranny of Distance which was described by The Bulletin as “One of the most illuminating books ever written on Australian history.”

Professor Blainey spoke to us about “The Rise of Australian Women”, sharing his profound understanding of Australian history and how key individuals shaped the political and business landscape for women today. These passionate and persistent women slowly but surely shifted community standards to make Australia a leader in women’s rights. Professor Blainey also shared insights from his career as a historian which spans an incredible 60 years.

We were thrilled that Old Grammarian, Judith Harley (White, 1947) attended with her granddaughter, Claudia Harley (OG, 2009). Judith was at university with Geoffrey and recalled some stories to add to the afternoon’s discussion.

We are very grateful to Professor Blainey for his time and wisdom shared with the Merton Hall History Society and we look forward to another thought-provoking event later this year.