Canberra Skeptics proudly presents:
Ned Kelly: the making of a myth
Date: Monday, 20 June 2022
Time: 6:00 to 7:30pm
Speaker: David Dufty
Venue: Belconnen Community Service, 26 Chandler Street, Belconnen ACT 2616
Tickets essential: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ned-kelly-the-making-of-a-myth-tickets-346391415047
Ned Kelly is an Australian icon. he is seen as a champion of the poor, an Irish nationalist, and an anti-colonial insurgent. He is even said to have drafted plans for a republic of North Eastern victoria. None of these things were true. A mythology has been constructed around Ned Kelly that sometimes has little connection to the historical reality. Who was Ned Kelly, really, and what was his agenda? Was his family persecuted by the police? Did he have an army of rebels at his disposal at the siege of Glenrowan? These and other questions will be explored.
David Dufty is a Canberra-based writer and researcher. He completed a psychology degree with honours at the University of Newcastle, has a PhD in psychology from Macquarie University, and has worked as a statistician and social researcher at the University of Memphis, Newspoll, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. His previous books include Radio Girl, The Secret Code-Breakers of Central Bureau: how Australia’s signals-intelligence network helped win the Pacific War, and How to Build an Android.
Dinner will follow the lecture (venue TBC). To RSVP for the dinner please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copies of David’s new book Nabbing Ned Kelly (https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/general-books/history/Nabbing-Ned-Kelly-David-Dufty-9781761067341) may be available at the talk for purchase and signing. Please note that the venue details may change at short notice. Canberra Skeptics will be strictly adhering to BCS’s COVID-19 safety measures.
Canberra Skeptics Inc. is a non-profit association incorporated in the Australian Capital Territory for the purpose of promoting critical thinking. For further information about Canberra Skeptics, please visit our website: http://www.canberraskeptics.org