The 2016 Kathleen Fitzpatrick History Lecture

Event: The 2016 Kathleen Fitzpatrick History Lecture: Easter 1916: Theatre, Re-enactment, Memory presented by Professor Gillian Russell.

Where: Basement Theatre B117, Melbourne School of Design, Masson Rd.
When: Tuesday 26th Apr 2016, 6:45–8:00 pm
Cost: Free

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The commemoration of the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising has been an event of major significance for Ireland that has been marked globally, including here in Australia.

This lecture will examine the Rising from two perspectives: as a ‘theatre of war’ and as re-enactment. From the precise moment that Padraig Pearse proclaimed the Irish Republic, at 12 noon on Monday 24 April, 1916 to Captain Peter Kelleher’s ceremonial re-reading of the Proclamation on Easter Sunday 2016, theatricality has been crucial to the articulation of the meaning of the Rising in ways that, though widely acknowledged, still warrant analysis. Following David Fitzpatrick, Russell asks: ‘Is Ireland’s investment in historical re-enactment exceptional and will a final curtain ever come down on this particular show?’

The 2016 Ernest Scott Prize This lecture will be followed by the announcement of the winner of the prestigious 2016 Ernest Scott Prize. The shortlist can be viewed at 

The Ernest Scott Prize is awarded annually for the most distinguished contribution to the history of Australia or New Zealand, and is supported by the History Program in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. A reception will follow.