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Public historian and Old Treasury Building director Margaret Anderson joins us to shine a spotlight on odd and obsolete jobs of the past.


Wednesday August 14 – Odd Jobs of the Past with Margaret Anderson

Have you heard of a ‘fairy tapper’, a ‘dolly boy’, a ‘nightman’ or a ‘scoop boy’? These were once slang names for jobs that were very common but have now disappeared. Margaret’s presentation will explore some of those jobs that prompt us to reflect on the changing world of work from 1840 to the present.

Our guest speaker, Margaret Anderson, is a public historian and is the current Director of the Old Treasury Building. She has held senior museum positions and has taught history and museum studies at Monash University. She is a council member of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, and of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies.

The talk will be followed by a light lunch.

When: Wednesday 14 August, 11am-12:30pm
Where: Brighton Historical Society, first floor, Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre (Old Town Hall), corner Wilson and Carpenter Street
Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members (bookings essential)

To book your place, please contact us by email or phone (9553 8650), providing a name and contact number. Payment can be made by EFT (BSB: 033-036, Acc: 190812), by card over the phone or in person on the day.


Image: A railway crossing operator at the New Street railway gates, circa 1997. BHS collection.

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