If you are interested in hearing more about Callan Park or the NSS Vernon and Sobraon, please get in contact to book a presentation for your local historical society or club.
Abbotsleigh School Literary Festival
25-27 March 2020
Sarah Luke’s first non-fiction book Callan Park, Hospital for the Insane was shortlisted for the 2019 Premier’s History Award and her second book, Like a Wicked Noah’s Ark on Sydney Harbour, will be published in 2020. During this workshop Sarah will explain her writing method and the publishing process, shedding light on her archival research for both the lunatic asylum at Callan Park and the Nautical School Ships Vernon and Sobraon.
AIS Extension History Symposium Workshop
New Horizons: Constructing the ‘Sensitive’ History of the Ordinary
Association of Independent Schools
9 June 2020
Constructing histories of the insane and delinquent in nineteenth-century NSW is a difficult task. How can a historian make use of sources which are overlaid with issues of bias and suspicion? How can such macabre topics be treated sensitively for a popular audience already permeated by an unacknowledged prejudice? New opportunities for historians, including online searchable databases, are making such histories of ordinary people possible like never before, and are giving rise to a new generation of histories which are forced to grapple with these questions and confront audiences.
Sydney Harbour Trust
10.30-11.30 (TBC) 12 November 2020
More details here.
Sarah Luke will discuss her research into the Nautical School Ships Vernon and Sobraon which were moored at Cockatoo Island for several decades from the 1870s onwards. Fitted up for the reception of neglected and delinquent boys, these ships were New South Wales’ first Public Industrial Schools and sought to rescue the rising criminal generation with a wholesome education of academic work, trades and sport. Sarah will explore the daily workings of the ship, along with some of its most interesting alumni.
Archive of Past Events
Sarah Luke in conversation with Roslyn Burge
6pm, Friday 5 October 2018
Please RSVP by 1 October 2018 by emailing Australian Scholarly Publishing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Roslyn Burge (Friends of Callan Park) as she chats with Sarah Luke about her newly-published book, Callan Park, Hospital for the Insane at Berkelouw’s at Leichhardt.