Matthew Higgins ‘Four women of the High Country’

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Thursday, 2 February 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Four Women of the High Country
Four Women of the High Country

Matthew’s talk will give insights to the lives of Charlotte Burston nee Lane-Poole, Elyne Mitchell, Dorothy Brown and Miles Franklin.

Matthew Higgins worked in Canberra as a professional historian for 30 years.  He was with the Australian War Memorial, the Australian Heritage Commission, and the National Museum of Australia where he was a senior curator.  Matthew completed many freelance projects (including oral history interviews for the National Library of Australia), and continues to contribute articles to the Canberra Times, which he began doing in 1984! He is the author of a number of books; his “Rugged beyond imagination: stories from an Australian mountain region” (NMA Press 2009) was shortlisted for the ACT Book of the Year Award 2010, and his latest, “Bold Horizon” was published in 2018.  Matthew's work on the ACT Border in 1996 was recognised with an ACT Heritage Award.  He makes short nature documentaries, one of which won a national award from CSIRO.  Matthew now lives near Bega and is passionate about the Australian high country and he bushwalks and cross-country skis as often as opportunity allows

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