|Dianne Reilly, President of the CJ La Trobe Society, guest speaker Susan Priestley, and RHSV President Dr Andrew Lemon at the lecture last night.|
Susan Priestley, MA, FRHSV, and a past president of the RHSV, is an independent historian whose life of the London-born secularist, rationalist, and rights activist Henrietta Dugdale was published in 2011.
The discovery of gold in Victoria started an extraordinary influx of nearly 1700 overseas ships during the year, whose passengers and deserting crew, together with intercolonial migrants, more than doubled the colony’s pre-gold population, and induced crises in accommodation, provisioning, labour, business, public health and policing which the new administration struggled to control. On the last day of 1852, an overworked CJ La Trobe penned his resignation from the position he had held for 13 years. Among the new arrivals were Henrietta Augusta Davies nee Worrell, her first husband and two husbands-to-be. Their experiences offer individual insight into the myriad ways in which Victoria’s new society was shaped.
Henrietta Dugdale featured in Clare Wright's Utopia Girls: how women won the vote which aired on ABC television last week.