North Shore Historical Society

Date : 
09 August 2018 
Venue: Stanton Library - Conference Room (level 2)
Council Event
Cost: $4 visitors

Event Details

The Opal Dragonfly

Julian Leatherdale will talk about some of the research behind his novel, The Opal Dragonfly, set in 1850s Sydney in a fictionalised version of Elizabeth Bay House. His talk will cover the historic background to the grand villas of Woolloomooloo Hill, the construction of Elizabeth Bay House and its gardens, and the life of Sir Thomas Mitchell, Surveyor-General of NSW, who inspired one of the main characters of the novel.


About the Speaker

On graduation from a history degree, Julian worked as a staff writer, researcher and photo editor for Time-Life’s series Australians At War in the late 1980s. He later researched and co-wrote two Film Australia-ABC TV history documentaries Return to Sandakan and The Forgotten Force. Julian was an image researcher at the State Library of New South Wales and the public relations manager for a hotel school in the Blue Mountains where he lives with his family. His first novel was Palace of Tears (2015), his second is The Opal Dragonfly (2018), and his third will be The City of Shadows (2020).



President 9929 6637; Secretary 9957 2332 - visitors welcome!


Other Information

Link to Facebook page

Latest Society Bulletin  (1MB)


About the North Shore Historical Society

The Society, founded in 1958, aims to promote both public knowledge of and research into local history, including the way in which the histories of the City of Sydney and the NSW State have impacted on the development of the North Shore.

The Society accomplishes its objectives through regular monthly meetings, visits to historical sites, and walks exploring regional history. It also financially supports History Prizes for local school students.

The Society assists Council in many matters including the provision of plaques at historical sites.

The Society's archives and research files are available in the Heritage Centre (Stanton Library), plus advice and support can be sourced from others with particular interests or expertise, or you can view pages from the Historical Society journals online.


How to become a Member

Membership is open to everyone with an interest in regional history. Membership offers you the opportunity to meet other people with similar interests, to attend meetings with informative guest speakers, to attend outings to places of historical interest, and to receive our monthly Newsletter with details of meetings, speakers and other relevant historical matters.

The membership fee is $15 per person, per annum. If you would like to join, please download:

Application for Membership form (349KB) 

complete and post it with your cheque, or bring it along to one of the monthly meetings!


09 Aug 2018 at 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
13 Sep 2018 at 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
11 Oct 2018 at 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
08 Nov 2018 at 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM


Stanton Library - Conference Room (level 2)
234 Miller Street
North Sydney
New South Wales 2060


For more information please contact NSHS Information.

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