Geoffrey Blainey To Give Foundation Day Address

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30 June 2009

29 October 2009


Parramatta City Council is proud to present distinguished historian Professor Geoffrey

Blainey at the inaugural Annual Foundation Day Address. 

Appearing at Riverside Theatres this Sunday 1 November, the controversial historian will

deliver a lecture entitled Parramatta: the River Story, which will examine the central role of

Parramatta in the history and development of the nation and discuss its ongoing importance

as a symbol for Australian identity. 

Foundation Day celebrates the day on 2 November 1788 when Governor Arthur Phillip

travelled up the Parramatta River and ordered a settlement be made at the place where tidal

water became fresh water. 

Initially named Rosehill, the area became Parramatta in 1791, and was declared a City in

1938. It is now a $14 billion economy and the capital of western Sydney - the fastest growing

region in Australia.

The eminent and often provocative historian has been one of the key thinkers engaged in

the so-called ‘history wars’. He devised the terms ‘Three Cheers view’ and the ‘Black

Armband view’ of Australian history. In a long and distinguished career, he has been an

influential advocate of dominant conservatism and was awarded the Centenary Medal in


Professor Blainey has continued as a prolific historian and he makes his living from the sales

of his many books, which include the study of settlement The Tyranny of Distance, The

Causes of War, A Short History of the Twentieth Century and Triumph of the Nomads.

He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in the year 2000. In 2005, a Chair in

History was named in his honour at Melbourne University and in 2007 he was made a

Doctor of Laws.  He is also listed as one of the Australian Living Treasures.

Be sure to attend this free public lecture to hear one of the nation’s great thinkers present

the ‘Blue and Gold armband’ view of history.


Annual Foundation Day Address


Riverside Theatre


Sunday 1 November, 2009 at 6pm


Free -  Bookings 8839 3399


For further media information:  

Parramatta City Council Communications and Marketing Unit 

Tel: 9806 5070 Mob: 0414 190 221 Email:


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