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A Quirky History of Australia
Saturday, May 24 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ticketed: $14
Richard Wherrett Studio, Sydney Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
David Hunt, Bob McTavish, Bill Garner, Dominic Knight (facilitator)
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This is a look at the history of Australia, but not as you know it. You can learn a lot about a country from its pastimes and the people who have fallen between the cracks of history. David Hunt (Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia) investigates the many strange, funny and forgotten stories that make up our history, Bob McTavish (More Stoked) offers a fascinating look inside the history of Australian surf culture, and historian Bill Garner argues in Born in a Tent that camping is what makes us Australian. A lively discussion about the quirkier side of Australian history.

David Hunt (Australian)

David Hunt is the author of the best-selling Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia (vol 1: Megafauna to Macquarie), which stirs Australia's cultural melting pot with the wooden spoon of schadenfreude, adds a dash of rum, and garnishes the resulting historical feast with the crushed stems of tall poppies. Girt won the 2014 Indie Award for non-fiction and was listed as one of iBooks and Herald Sun’s best books of 2013. He has worked as an historical consultant and comedy writer for television and also has a proper job.

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Bill Garner (Australian)

Bill Garner is an award-winning historian, screenwriter, playwright and avid camper.

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Bob McTavish (Australian)

It's impossible to picture Australian surf history without Bob McTavish. One of the first Australians to adopt surfing as a lifestyle, McTavish worked to surf, hung out with legends of the sea and turned himself into a household name. Now 70 and running a successful board business in Byron Bay, he still surfs most days. Bob’s memoir More Stocked!, a mixture of mischief and poetry is a homage to 70s surfing as well as a classic Australian coming of age story.

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Dominic Knight (Australian)

Dominic Knight presents Evenings on 702 ABC Sydney and ABC Local Radio NSW/ACT. He’s one of the founders of The Chaser, and recently celebrated 10 years since his last arrest. He has written the novels Disco Boy and Comrades, which he describes as ‘like David Foster Wallace, in that they are written in English’. Man vs Child is available now, and reflects his experiences with radio, comedy and ongoing immaturity.

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