Talk / Sydney | A Forgerer’s Progress: The Life of Frances Greenway

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Australia ICOMOS / DOCOMOMO Sydney Talk Series, 23 October

presented by Alasdair McGregor

Sentenced to death for forgery, then granted an eleventh-hour reprieve, Greenway was transported to New South Wales in 1814. He was talented, versatile and well trained, confident in his own abilities; but he was also cocksure, hotheaded and tactless. He argued with his superiors and fostered his own inevitable and sad demise, yet within the space of a single eventful decade he etched an urbane face on prominent parts of early Sydney, helping to drag a ramshackle convict garrison out from the murky shadow of shame and banishment and into the gathering light of civic decorum. As Australia’s first government architect he had dreamt of a city the equal of any in architectural beauty and refinement, a city of cathedrals and grand public buildings, broad avenues, generous squares and flowering gardens.


Alasdair McGregor is a graduate in architecture from the University of New South Wales, but much of his career has been spent as a writer and painter. He is the author, co-author or editor of nine books, reflecting a broad range of interests covering natural history and the environment, biography, architecture and design, and the history of exploration.

Members of the public are welcome!

Time & Date: Thursday 23 October 2014, 5.30 for 6.00pm start
Cost: Members $10, non-members $15 payable at the door. Wine and nibbles will be provided.
Venue: GML Heritage, 78 George Street, Redfern
RSVP: email Caitlin Dircks<> or call (02) 9319 4811. RSVP is essential as places are limited.

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