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A City Formed Around Water

A look at how Sydney’s history is entwined with water

Produced by the City of Sydney

Did you know that the Tank Stream was polluted within decades of European settlement? Or that at one stage gin was cheaper than water? Ranging from crises and scandals to philanthropy and dramatic feats of engineering, join historians as they trace the little known stories of water for a growing city.

Convener: Elizabeth Fortescue, Journalist and art writer
Catherine Freyne, Historian, City of Sydney
Lisa Murray, City Historian, City of Sydney
Phil Bennett, Program Leader Heritage, Sydney Water

Followed by a film screening:
Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2008)
Director: Sam Bozzo
Duration: 90 minutes

This event is one of the many public programs around H2O: Water Bar– a reflective, glassy glistening installation by Janet Laurence that allows you to sample a variety of water sourced from diverse regions of Australia.
Come and join in the conservation conversation!

Catherine Freyne
Catherine Freyne is a historian and media producer now working at the City of Sydney. She previously produced Hindsight documentaries at ABC Radio National, and has developed multimedia content for a range of digital public history projects. For her work in radio she has received two NSW Premier’s History Awards.

Lisa Murray
Dr Lisa Murray is the City Historian at City of Sydney Council. Lisa is passionate about making history accessible to the public. She writes books, devises walking tours, curates exhibitions, develops websites, fosters community engagement with and speaks regularly on Sydney’s history.

Phil Bennett
Sydney Water’s heritage adviser since 2003. Qualified architect with a Masters of Heritage Conservation. Involved with all aspects of cultural heritage conservation but primarily focused on the conservation of the built environment.



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Saturday 20 February 2016 from 6pm to 8pm



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