North Shore Historical Society

Date : 
10 May 2018 
Venue: Stanton Library - Conference Room (level 2)
Community Event
Cost: $4 visitors

Event Details


The Poisoned Chalice - Peter Hall and the Sydney Opera House

Thursday 10 May 2018, 7pm

In February 1966 Jørn Utzon spectacularly resigned from the Sydney Opera House project, never to return. His successor, Peter Hall, was faced with the near-impossible task of completing the building by steering the project thought the gridlock of problems that had defeated Utzon. Drawing on extensive original research this presentation explores the many dilemmas that Hall faced, and the circuit-breaker solutions that facilitated progress – and concludes that Hall and his team deserve much greater recognition within the wider Opera House narrative.

Guest Speaker Dr Anne Watson

Dr Anne Watson has an MA (Fine Arts) and PhD (Architecture) from Sydney University. Her career as a design curator (Powerhouse Museum) and writer has included many publications, with particular specialisations in the work of Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin and the history of the Sydney Opera House. She recently published The Poisoned Chalice.

Visitors welcome!

Enquiries: President - 9929 6637, Secretary - 9957 2332


Other Information

Latest Society Bulletin (661KB)


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.


Join Us

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!


10 May 2018 at 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
14 Jun 2018 at 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
12 Jul 2018 at 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
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
North Sydney
New South Wales 2060


For more information please contact NSHS Information.

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