ANNE HARBERS — ELECTRICITY, ASTRONOMY AND NATURAL HISTORY
From Colonial Sydney to Royal Sweden, and a Ladies Academy of Science In-Between.
What did Fanny Macleay in colonial Sydney in 1826 have in common with the Dutch Golden Age painter Rachel Ruysch (1634-1750) and even the royal Queen Lovisa Ulrika of Sweden (1720–1782)?
Fanny would have been welcomed to The First Women’s Academy of Science – The Ladies Society of Natural Sciences in Middleburg, Holland that met for over 100 years.
Each of these women played a role within their families and societies but also had a drive for seeking scientific knowledge through their own sense of enquiry. In this talk, the links and evidence will be examined to learn of the depth and energy these women gave to their scientific learning in parallel with the other achievements in their lives.
An experienced presenter and writer in Art History with postgraduate qualifications, Anne is currently working towards a PhD in Dutch 17th century art. Anne lectures regularly to museums, antique study groups and art history conferences in the USA and Europe as well as the Art Gallery of NSW and the National Trust. For 25 years, Anne worked in global companies in biotechnology and medical research in Australia, Asia and Europe with postgraduate qualifications in Chemistry by Research and an MBA.
Details and Cost
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts
280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Monday, 23 September 2019
6.00pm – Registration/Drinks
6:30-7:30pm – Talk
Light refreshments will be served before the lecture
$15 – SMSA Members
$15 – Royal Society Members and Fellows
$20 – Guests and General Entry
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