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September - Malcolm Ward, George Meredith (1778-1856): colonial settler and political rabble-rouser

Published: Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Malcolm Ward details the early life of colonial settler George Meredith – his upbringing, career in the Royal Marines and initial farming experiences. This will be used to explore how ‘independence’ became his watch-word and why he became a constant thorn in Lieutenant-Governor Arthur’s side. The talk also reveals some history of Meredith’s grand house 'Cambria', which has been in the news of late.

Malcolm Ward is a retired geologist and is currently enrolled at the University of Tasmania on a MA on George Meredith, planned to be turned into a PhD. He was educated in Hobart and was awarded a BSc (Hons) majoring in geology in 1981. He has worked in the mining industry in Australia, North America and elsewhere until his retirement last year, and as an investment banker in Sydney. Malcolm became interested in family history in the 1990s and has published several books on his family. Other books include 'Built by Seabrook' in 2006 and (as co-author), 'Houses & Estates of Old Glamorgan' (2018).