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The Henry Carmichael Lecture

The Henry Carmichael Lecture

Date & Time

April 29, 2021 - 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm


Join us for champagne and light refreshments to celebrate the renaming and refurbishment of the Henry Carmichael Theatre, ahead of an informative lecture by Dr Lesley Scanlon.

 

TICKET REGISTRATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED

 

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In line with NSW Health orders, visitors to our Theatre will be required to register their details with the Service NSW COVID Safe QR code.

Mask wearing inside the theatre is encouraged. Please observe social distancing guidelines.

If you are feeling unwell with COVID-19 symptoms (however mild) or have visited a hotspot in the past 14 days, please do not come in. We encourage everyone to regularly check the list of hotspot locations and alerts on the NSW Health website and follow their advice.

The health of our members, visitors and staff remains our priority and we appreciate your cooperation and patience.

Rev. Henry Carmichael
Guiding Spirit of the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts

Educational Progressive, Social Reformer, Winegrower

Join us for champagne and light refreshments to celebrate the renaming and refurbishment of the Henry Carmichael Theatre, ahead of an informative lecture by Dr Lesley Scanlon.

The lecture will explore Henry Carmichael’s often controversial lifelong commitment to progressive education in the early settler society of NSW. Carmichael is recognised as the founder of the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, its guiding spirit, first Vice President and frequent lecturer. He was an indefatigable campaigner for the establishment of a secular, national education system and established the first teacher training institution. He also advocated a fully credentialed system of technical education. At the same time Carmichael was a successful winegrower at his Porphyry Estate in the Hunter Valley.

Event details

This event will be held in person at our newly renovated Henry Carmichael Theatre (formerly known as the Mitchell Theatre), Level 1, 280 Pitt Street Sydney.

Registration to attend this event is essential due to limited capacity (as per COVID-19 safety regulations). 

TICKET REGISTRATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED

Should NSW Health rules change in relation to reduced venue capacity, we reserve the right to cancel your registration and will contact you if this is the case.

Dr Lesley Scanlon

Lesley has spent her career as a practitioner, researcher and author in adult education. She has published books on education, written numerous articles for peer reviewed journals and presented at international conferences. She has taught and researched in schools, TAFE and universities and has recently retired from the University of Sydney where she remains an honorary lecturer. Lesley is the Vice President of the Innovation and Programs Committee at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, the coordinator of the ‘Towards 200th Birthday Anniversary’ project and is writing a book on the early years of the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts.

 

We are proudly hosting this event as part of the National Trust’s 2021 Australian Heritage Festival.

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Date & Time

April 29, 2021 - 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Location

Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Pitt Street, Sydney NSW, Australia

Henry Carmichael Theatre

280 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000

Level 3

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