Richard Madden. An Irishman of many parts

Wednesday 25th October, 2023 at 6:00pm (AEDT)
Consulate-General of Ireland, Level 26, 1 Market Street, Sydney and via Zoom

Hugh Myers will be speaking about Richard Madden, an Irish Catholic surgeon who served as colonial secretary to Western Australia (Swan River colony) in 1848-49, later becoming a prominent historian and biographer of the 1798 movement. During his time in Australia, Madden advocated for the position of indigenous people, insisting they be paid for their work. He had previously worked as a magistrate in the West Indies during the 1830s in the aftermath of the emancipation of the slaves.

For more than two decades Hugh Myers was an antiquarian book dealer with a special interest in scarce and ephemeral printing from the early days of the Australian colonies. From 2017 he curated a new collection of rare books and manuscripts at the North Sydney campus library of the Australian Catholic University, which grew to more than 1500 volumes, with a strong emphasis on nineteenth-century books and pamphlets relating to Catholic history in Australia.

LOCATION (In-Person and Online)
Consulate-General of Ireland, Level 26, 1 Market Street, Sydney and via Zoom. Please register for Zoom details.

The Aisling Society of Sydney usually meets on the evening of the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Consulate-General of Ireland in Sydney. Each meeting features a talk on a topic of Irish or Irish-Australian interest.