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Government House
Code: 93  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: History, , Art & Design, Fashion
Friday, May 18 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Free, no bookings
The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney Venue & Transport Info
Ann Toy, Andrew Tink, Lucy Turnbull (facilitator)
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Government House, Sydney, a Gothic monument to the power of the English sovereign, has graced Sydney for the past 170 years. Today, as the premier state house of New South Wales, it remains the centre of authority of the governor and plays an important role in the life of the city.

Former curator Ann Toy and historian Andrew Tink draw on material from the book Government House Sydney to discuss the building of this historic house and to examine the changing role and domestic lives of the governors, their consorts and staff since 1845. They talk to Lucy Turnbull.

Co-presented with Historic Houses Trust as part of trustwords.

Ann Toy (Australian)

Ann Toy was the supervising curator of Government House from 1996 to 2011. She joined the Historic Houses Trust in 1981 as the inaugural curator of Vaucluse House and was subsequently curator of the HHT properties Elizabeth Bay House, Susannah Place and Meroogal. Ann’s research interests are in historic interior decoration and Australian colonial and contemporary decorative arts. She was closely involved in the contemporary refurbishment of the interiors of Government House.

Andrew Tink (Australian)

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 first book, William Charles Wentworth, was published in 2009. For this, the first comprehensive biography of Wentworth, Andrew won ‘The Nib’ CAL Waverley Award for Literature. Andrew’s second book is Lord Sydney: The life and times of Tommy Townshend.

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Lucy Turnbull (Australian)

Lucy Turnbull is a businesswoman and company director. She chairs ASX-listed biotechnology company Prima Biomed Limited. Lucy was Sydney’s first female lord mayor (2003-2004) and deputy lord mayor (1999-2003). She is the author of Sydney: Biography of a city, and for many years worked as a lawyer and as an investment banker. Lucy is currently a member of the board of the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, the Biennale of Sydney, the Redfern Foundation Limited and the Turnbull Foundation. She is also a board member of the NSW Cancer Institute.