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QSA Talks - Hannah Rigby: The Last Woman

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We're thrilled to announce our first QSA Talk of the year, an exploration into the life of Hannah Rigby, a figure whose story is both compelling and largely undocumented.

Presented by Jane Smith, in partnership with Griffith University’s Harry Gentle Resource Centre, this talk promises to shed light on the remarkable journey of a woman who defied the odds of her time.

Hannah Rigby was not your typical convict. A seamstress, a thief, an "exemplary" servant, and a single mother fighting to keep her family together, her story resounds with struggles against poverty and gender inequality.

In this talk, Jane will delve into previously unknown aspects of Hannah's life, from her early days in Liverpool to her trials and tribulations in Australia.

Discover the untold details of Hannah's crimes, her relationships, and the challenges she faced as a woman navigating the harsh realities of colonial life.

Those who attend the talk in person will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes after the presentation to view original records relating to the talk.


About the speaker

Jane Smith

Meet Jane Smith, a prominent Queensland author, editor, and Librarian/Archivist, whose passion for Australian history shines through her work. With a keen interest in uncovering untold narratives, Jane has delved into both fiction and non-fiction, captivating audiences of all ages with her compelling storytelling. Notably, she is the creative mind behind the acclaimed 'Carly Mills, Pioneer Girl' series.

Jane's love for writing and history extends beyond the pages of her books. As a seasoned storyteller, she delights in sharing her knowledge and expertise with audiences of all backgrounds, fostering a deeper appreciation for the past among both adults and children alike. Join Jane as she leads us on a journey into the intriguing life of Hannah Rigby, offering unique insights and perspectives that are sure to captivate and inspire.


Can’t attend in person?

Don't worry! We've got you covered. The event will be live streamed via our Facebook page, allowing you to tune in from the comfort of your own home. Plus, if you can't make it at the scheduled time, the talk will be available to view on our YouTube channel after the event date.


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