The Palace Letters

2020 Dymphna Clark Lecture with Prof Jenny Hocking

Wednesday 18 November at 6.00pm, by Zoom

Dymphna Clark (1916–2000) was a noted linguist, language teacher, translator, scholar, environmentalist and campaigner for Indigenous rights. Manning Clark House Inc was founded by her in 1997 to ensure that the kind of cultural and intellectual activities that had occurred in the house during her and Manning’s lives would continue into the future. To honour her memory the Dymphna Clark Lecture has been held annually or biennially since the inaugural oration in 2002; this will be the 16th in the series.

Janusz Molinski Photography

Speaker:  Emeritus Professor Jenny Hocking is an award-winning biographer, the inaugural Distinguished Whitlam Fellow with the Whitlam Institute at Western Sydney University and Emeritus Professor at Monash University. She is the author of several biographies including the two-volume biography of former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam – Gough Whitlam: His Time and Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History – Winner of the Fellowship of Australian Writers Barbara Ramsden Award and shortlisted for several major literary awards including the National Biography Award, The Age Book of the Year, the Magarey Medal for Biography, and the Prime Minister’s Award for Literature.

In 2017 Jenny wrote The Dismissal Dossier: Everything You Were Never Meant to Know about November 1975 – the Palace Connection (2017). Her case against the National Archives of Australia, seeking access to the ‘Palace letters’ between the Queen and the Governor-General at the time of the dismissal of the Whitlam government, succeeded at the High Court of Australia in May 2020 which found in her favour in a 6:1 decision. Professor Hocking’s new book The Palace Letters tells what those letters reveal.

All tickets $10.00

A special ticket-plus-book price for Canberra-based MCH members $38.05,

for Canberra-based non-MCH members $42.00


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