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CHRG Seminar Series 2022 – Jacqui Baker – Wednesday 27 July 11am

‘An interesting and animated discussion’: The Geelong Ladies Reading Circle Project.  

The Geelong Ladies Reading Circle is one of the longest running reading circles in Australia. The group held its first meeting in February 1907 and members of the group met regularly throughout the 1900s and into the 2000s. The minutes and memorabilia of the Geelong Ladies Reading Circle are held by Kim barne thaliyu (Geelong Heritage Centre). This is an immense collection that is constantly growing—indeed, new materials were donated by current members of the group earlier this year. Despite the longevity of this group and its expansive collection, there have been few historical accounts written about this significant group. My research project aims to address this lack of historicization. This presentation will introduce some of my preliminary research findings. I will focus on the Geelong Ladies Reading Circle from 1907 to 1935 and will consider how local, national and international events effected the reading habits of the group. Ultimately, this research project will reveal how reading practices of women in Geelong changed over time.  


Jacqui Baker is a PhD Candidate who recently submitted her thesis which examines the history of the Women’s Liberation Movement in Melbourne through the lens of place and space. She is currently on a career pathways placement as a researcher at Kim barne thaliyu (Geelong Heritage Centre).  




Join us at 11am, Wednesday 27th July, in person at Deakin Waurn Ponds (IC2. 108), Deakin Burwood (C2.05.01) or online via zoom