Friday, 19 February 2010

RHSV Lecture - George Higinbotham and the Family

Speaker: Susan Priestley
Date: Tuesday 9 March
Time: 5.15 tea/coffee 5.45 Lecture
Place: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne
Cost: Members Free Non members $5.50

George Higinbotham succeeded Sir William Stawell in 1886 as Victoria's third Chief Justice. In 1937, forty-five years after his death, the then Chief Justice, Sir Richard Mann, unveiled a life size bronze statue north to the Old Treasury entrance steps. Mann's speech revealed that Higginbotham's high repute was undiminished by time. Recent biographies have suggested that his public repute was at odds with his private behaviour. This paper seeks to counter that charge.

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