In Conversation: David Hill and Phil Brown discuss The Great Race

This event gives meaning to the phrase “putting Australia on the map”.

David Hill’s latest book chronicles the race between Frenchman Nicolas Baudin and Englishman Matthew Flinders to chart the map of Australia. Written from diaries and other first-hand accounts, it is the thrilling story of men whose drawings recorded countless previously unknown species and turned mythical creatures into real ones, and whose skill and determination enabled Terra Australis Incognita to become Australia.

During his remarkable career, David Hill has been chairman then managing director of the ABC, chairman of the Australian Football Association, chief executive and director of the State Rail Authority NSW, chairman of Sydney Water Corporation and chairman of CREATE, a national organisation responsible for representing the interests of young people and children in institutional care. He is the author of the bestsellers The Forgotten Children, The Gold Rush and 1788. He lives in Sydney.

Phil Brown is a journalist and author who writes regularly on the arts and entertainment for the Brisbane News.  His memoirs, Travels with My Angst and most recently Any Guru Will Do are both published by University of Queensland Press.

Refreshments will be provided and David will be signing copies of his book following the event.

Date: Monday 29 October
Time: 6pm
Venue: The Library Shop, Level 1
State Library of Queensland
Cost: Free - bookings:  or phone: 3842 9985


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