With Michael Cathcart
15th May 2018, 1.30pm – 3pm
Research Commons 2.10, Borchardt Library, La Trobe University, Bundoora campus

In the 1890s, Australian writers produced a series of adventure stories now known as ‘the Lemurian novels’. These ripping yarns told tales of lost civilisations living in lonely isolation beyond the deserts of inland Australia – civilisations which are discovered and conquered by Anglo-Australian heroes. Dr Michael Cathcart argues that these adventures acted out anxieties which many colonists felt about the arid centre of Australia and expressed their hopes that hydro-engineering would transform and redeem “the death-like silence” of the inland.

Michael Cathcart is the author of The Water Dreamers, winner of the Colin Roderick Award for best Australian book (2009). He is a well-known arts broadcaster on Radio National and has presented several history documentaries for ABC TV

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Image: Tor Lindstrand, Sunset, Tanami Desert, WA, via Flickr, CC-BY-SA 2.0