Live and Learn - Exploring Half a Continent

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Live and Learn - Exploring Half a Continent

Date: 18 September 2020
Start Time: 10.00 am
End Time: 11.30 am
Venue Details:

Duncraig Library

Cnr Warwick Road and Marmion Avenue,


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$3.00 payable at the door

Following Captain James Stirling’s over-exaggerated ideas of the potential productivity of the coastal plain around Perth, the first pioneers soon discovered the extent of fertile agricultural land around the Swan and Canning rivers was miniscule. It was therefore a matter of considerable urgency to do some serious exploration in order to find productive land which could be used to feed the Swan River Colony.

In this talk, historian Richard Offen, will discuss some of nineteenth century explorers who intrepidly roamed the arid interior of Western Australia, mapping and recoding its unique features as they went. Some were professional surveyors, others were eccentric amateurs, lured by a fascination of this strange and beautiful country. All, however, made a significant contribution to the knowledge of the geography of Western Australia.

Cost $3.00. Book online. Pay at the door, due to the implications of COVID-19, City of Joondalup Libraries request that all attendees pay with either EFTPOS or exact money.

For further information on this event please call the City on 9400 4751.

Please note, the presentation will run for approximately one hour.