THE FORGOTTEN FRONTIER: ABORIGINAL AND CONVICT HISTORY FROM THE COLONIAL HUNTER VALLEY

Mark Dunn

Monday 24 May 2021

ABSTRACT
The Hunter Valley in NSW is one of the forgotten convict places in the historiography of Australia’s past. The memory of thousands of convict men and women who passed through there between 1804 and 1841 has faded. Nor is the Hunter one of those places we consider when we look at the frontier and the violence of the colonial past. This talk will discuss the position in Australia’s history that the Valley occupies, how it was overlooked and look at the sources that can reignite it. It will also consider how the combination of public history and academic history approach can spark people’s interest in our past.

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY
Mark Dunn grew up in the Hunter Valley and now works as a professional historian. For twenty years he has worked in the heritage and archaeology sector. In 2015 he completed a PhD at UNSW about Newcastle and the colonial Hunter Valley. His book, ‘The Convict Valley’ is based on the research undertaken for the PhD and for his CH Currey Fellowship at SLNSW in 2016.