Mick Dodson presents La Trobe lecture

Community members have a rare opportunity to hear from Australian identity and Australian of the Year, Professor Mick Dodson, AM, who will deliver La Trobe University’s 2009 Sir John Quick Lecture at the Bendigo Town Hall on Tuesday, 3 November.

Mick Dodson standard image Professor Dodson is a law professor at the Australian National University College of Law and director of the ANU’s National Centre for Indigenous Studies. He has made a lifetime commitment to improving the lives of Aboriginal people and helping to close the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

Professor Dodson believes education is an important key to building relations between Aboriginal and non-indigenous Australians. He is the latest in a line of eminent speakers who have presented the annual lecture, including distinguished writer and public speaker Mr Don Watson and award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster, Dr David Suzuki.

The 2009 Sir John Quick lecture is at 6 pm on Tuesday 3 November at the Bendigo Town Hall. More information can be obtained by calling 03 5444 7374, email bendigo-events@latrobe.edu.au or on the website at www.latrobe.edu.au/quick. All welcome.

BACKGROUND

Sir John Quick
Written by Dr Michele Matthews, PhD, MA, DipEd.

John Quick was born in Cornwall, England in 1852. In 1854 his family migrated to Australia; his father died shortly thereafter.

At age 10 he entered the workforce, undertaking various manual jobs in mines then progressed to journalism. His drive for self improvement led him to complete a law degree at the University of Melbourne (1874-77) and in 1882 he was awarded a Doctorate in Law.

At this time, Sir John Quick was in charge of the Age Parliamentary staff. He entered politics himself in 1880, winning the Legislative Assembly seat of Sandhurst (Bendigo), which he held until 1889.

Quick’s public support for Australian Federation commenced with an 1882 speech to Parliament. As a delegate from the Bendigo ANA, he attended the 1893 Corowa Conference where he presented the famous resolution which took Federation’s fate away from Parliaments, and gave it directly to the people via elections for representatives and a referendum on the draft Constitution. He wrote the Enabling Bill needed for these stages to occur and also wrote a booklet, A Digest of Federal Constitution (1896), to help educate the public. Quick’s work for Federation was recognised with the award of a knighthood in 1901He was elected unopposed as Bendigo’s first Federal M.P., holding the seat until 1913.

The Sir John Quick Bendigo Lecture has been established to revive the memory of this self-made man who had therefore thought and perseverance to promote Australia’s union. Quick himself referred to his long devotion to Federation as a ‘public duty’ he had to perform. Sir John Quick deserves to be recognised as a ‘Father’ of Australian Federation.

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