Great Love Stories from Australian History

What makes for true love in the lives people have really lived? When people talk of the great lovers of the world they rarely mention Australians – that image of the long, lean, laconic man of few words doesn’t quite match the roses and chocolates of Valentine’s Day advertising or the life and death theatricality of old Hollywood. But this land has known many couples who were greater together than they could have been apart, who formed a partnership of mind and body and heart that gave their lives meaning – although this has often meant overcoming obstacles raised by society, the challenges of the times they lived in, or the demands of their own intense natures. From bushrangers and doctors to artists and writers and film makers, join us to find just how much romance there is in Australian history, because, as John Paul Young told us, “love is all around”.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face / Online

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Partnerships: We will start with couples who forged a unit that was public as well as personal, where the two of them brought out the best in each other to reach their potential, such as the agricultural business of John and Elizabeth Macarthur, the silent film makers Lottie Lyell and Raymond Longford, and the writers Ruth Park and Darcy Niland.
  • Obstacles: Other couples had to overcome the barriers of the times they lived in: whether that was same sex loves, such as bushranger Captain Moonlite, or Doctor Lilian Cooper, or couples who confronted racial prejudices, such as the marriages of colonial businessman Quong Tart, or Cherry Parker after WW2, or suffragist Maybanke Wolstenholme (Anderson) marrying a man who was younger than her.
  • Adventures: Challenges can come in different forms – and for other couples it was their own bold natures that turned their love story into an adventure, whether they were bushrangers like Captain Thunderbolt, artists like John and Sunday Reed, or early aviators like Chubbie Miller.
$81 Limited / $73

<p>What makes for true love in the lives people have really lived? When people talk of the great lovers of the world they rarely mention Australians – that image of the long, lean, laconic man of few

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12 Feb
$81 Limited / $73

<p>What makes for true love in the lives people have really lived? When people talk of the great lovers of the world they rarely mention Australians – that image of the long, lean, laconic man of few

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19 Feb

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