Skip to main content Skip to main navigation

John Forrest, the British Empire and the "empty spaces" of the world – talk by Dr Robert Fletcher

Dr Fletcher has an intimate knowledge of John Forrest, his role as a colonial explorer and Statesman of Western Australia. His talk will contextualise Forrest’s role in Western Australia as that of initial colonialist to an advocate of governance free from British rule. His lecture will unpack the ideas of how explorers approached arid and desert exploration in other countries and parallel this with the Australian context.
Dr Robert Fletcher, a renowned historian from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom is the author of British Imperialism and ‘The Tribal Question’: Desert Administration and Nomadic Societies in the Middle East, 1919-1936, and in November 2018 published ‘Decolonisation and the Arid World’ in The Oxford Handbook of the End of Empire.
Free event.
Please bring pencils and paper.
Location: State Library Theatre located on the ground floor
Image: John Forrest and his exploring party leaving Perth on horseback slwa_b1920354_1
  • Clock Icon

    Event Showings

    Thursday 04 July 2019 from 06:00PM to 07:30PM

  • Dollar Icon


    Free Ticketed event

  • Location Marker Icon


    State Library WA

    Perth Cultural Centre, 25 Francis Street

    Perth WA 6000

  • Wheelchair Icon


    ACROD Parking

    Wheelchair Access