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Redmond Barry: visionary or scoundrel

Thursday 6 June 2013, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
$35.00, $30.00 conc, $25.00 Foundation members
Queen's Hall
Level 3, Main entry, Swanston St
Has wheelchair access

A deeply cultured man, Sir Redmond Barry (7 June 1813 – 23 November 1880) was influential in establishing the University of Melbourne, the Supreme Court, the Public Library (now the State Library of Victoria), the National Gallery of Victoria, the Museum and the Melbourne Club. Yet paradox pervaded his life.

He was held in high esteem by his fellow lawyers but mocked in Melbourne Punch and reviled for his harsh judgements. At the same time he was both shunned by polite society for scandalous indiscretions and admired for his unusually liberal attitudes.

To celebrate Sir Redmond’s 200th birthday, join ABC Radio National presenter Damien Carrick as he chairs a lively discussion with County Koori Court judge John Smallwood, historian and author Robyn Annear, and Melbourne Barrister and author Ken Oldis on the achievements and antics of a remarkable man who played a leading role in both culture and controversy. 

Following the conclusion of the discussion at 7.15pm, enjoy drinks and canapés in one of Barry’s favourite haunts – historic Queen’s Hall. The refreshments will continue until 8.30pm.

To celebrate the 200th year since the birth of this colourful and controversial figure, the State Library of Victoria, Supreme Court of Victoria and the University of Melbourne are offering a suite of events to explore the character, impact and legacy of Sir Redmond Barry's life work in the City of Melbourne and the State of Victoria.

We also commemorate Redmond Barry with an annual lecture.

This series is one of many Dome Centenary events taking place in 2013, to celebrate our iconic dome and all that it enables.