This year marks the bicentenary of the first crossing of the Blue Mountains by explorers Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth. As part of the National Trust Heritage Festival Community Milestones celebrations, we invite you to meet author Andrew Tink when he talks about his book William Charles Wentworth. Andrew Tink was shadow attorney-general and shadow leader of the House in the New South Wales Parliament until March 2006. Since stepping back from politics Andrew has concentrated on two of his great passions: writing and history. His book William Charles Wentworth is the first comprehensive biography of Wentworth.
Wentworth built up a property empire and his pastoral vision included purchasing land at Lucknow in the 1830s. This was where the Wentworth Mine shaft and poppet head, along with the rest of the Lucknow gold mining field, was later established. An explorer, a master political manipulator, a barrister, a newspaper proprietor and a physical giant of a man who was afraid of nothing and no one, William Charles Wentworth was in every sense Australia’s founding father. His story is the story of colonial Australia.
National Trust Heritage Festival Event: William Charles Wentworth, Australia’s greatest native son With author Andrew Tink, Monday 20th May 6.30pm, Orange Civic Theatre Forum, Byng Street, Orange, Tickets $25 from Orange City Library, Byng Street, Orange. tickets includes drinks and supper. Book early, seating limited.