Public lecture: Paul Strangio reflects on Federal Parliament’s Melbourne years

Free Public Lecture: Something Borrowed: 1901 -1927, the Federal Years at Victoria's Parliament House.

Friday May 19, 6pm, Queen’s Hall, Parliament House of Victoria.

Associate Professor Paul Strangio

In 1901 Australia’s newly formed Commonwealth Parliament started life not in the Canberra, which was yet to be built, but  in Melbourne, the nation’s first capital. Monash's Professor Paul Strangio will present a free public lecture on the Federal Parliament’s Melbourne years (1901-1927). 

Professor Strangio will reflect on the significance of those parliamentary sittings in Melbourne over a quarter of a century ago, and how they impacted the shape of federal and state politics in that formative nation-building era.

Paul Strangio is an associate professor of politics in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, as well as an author and editor of many books on Australian and Victorian political history. His latest major project (with Paul ‘t Hart and James Walter) is a two-volume history of the Australian prime ministership: Settling the Office: The Australian Prime Ministership from Federation to Reconstruction (2016) and The Pivot of Power: Australian Prime Ministers and Political Leadership 1949-2016 (forthcoming in 2017).

Professor Strangio's lecture is part of an exhibition ‘Something Borrowed’ which tells the story of those pioneering 26 years on Spring Street. On show from 15 to 19 May 2017 in Queen’s Hall at Parliament House, the ‘Something Borrowed’ exhibition will explore some of the forgotten and unknown stories of the Federal Parliament’s formative years. Download the exhibition brochure

Entry the Public Lecture is free, but spaces are limited. 
Visit parliament.vic.gov.au to reserve your seat.

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