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The Mary Durack Memorial Lecturers

YEAR SPEAKER TOPIC
1995 Dr Davis McCaughey AC – Governor of Victoria 1986 -1982 From Parnell to Paisley – The Peace Process in Northern Ireland
1996 Ambassador Richard O’Brien – Irish Ambassador Ireland in the Coming Times
1997 Professor Oliver MacDonagh – Irish scholar and writer, Prof of History Australian Catholic University O’Connell and Parnell: A Comparison
1998 Clare Dunne OAM –  Writer and Broadcaster Mother Ireland Mother Earth
1999 Colm & Damien O’Doherty –  Actors and Writers Countess Constance Markievcz, The Rebel Countess
2000 Siobhan McHugh – Writer and Broadcaster Creating the Irish Empire: Television and Historical Compromises
2001 Tony Evans – Writer, Journalist, Broadcaster and Producer The Engineer and the Poet: WA’s Irish Legacy, comparing the lives and work of CY O’Connor  and John Boyle O’Reilly
2002 Professor Jarlath Ronayne – President and Vice-Chancellor Victoria University Rogues and Reformers – The Irish in Colonial Australia
2003 Carol Kiernan – Granddaughter of Delia Murphy the wife of Tom Kiernan, First Irish Ambassador to Australia Ireland’s Ballad Queen: Delia Murphy, her Life and Music, a Woman for the Times
2004 Ambassador Declan Kelly – Irish Ambassador Ireland in the Third Millennium: A Country Transformed
2006 Billy Cantwell – Editor Irish Echo Irish Australia: The State of the Union
2007 Peter Sharkey – President of the WA Industrial Relations Commission The Irish in Australia: A Descendant’s Perspective
2008 Perpetua Durack Clancy – Teacher, Arts curator and author, daughter of Elizabeth Durack A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman – a partial view of Elizabeth Durack
2009 Professor Bob Reece – Prof of History Murdoch University The Irishness of Daisy Bates
2010 Dr Richard Reid – Curator National Museum Not Just Ned: A True History of the Irish in Australia
2011 Dr George O’Neil – Medical Doctor, Scientist and Innovator Pioneering Medicine in the 21st Century
2012 Emeritus Professor Dennis Haskell – Poet and Literary academic University of WA Ireland, my Ireland
2013 Charles Smith and Joan Walsh-Smith – International Sculptors A Personal Story
2014 Ray Omodei – Theatre Director ‘Influences of the Irish dimension on a Distinguished Man of Theatre’
2015 Ian Loftus – Public Policy Professional and author ‘From Lorrha to Lemnos – A Brief Account of the Life of Martin O’Meara VC’
2018 Peter Canole – Historian, Author and Reviewer Charles Fitzgerald in colonial Western Australia’
2019 Amanda Curtin – Author Kathleen O’Connor of Paris
2021 The Hon Alannah MacTiernan, MLC – Minister in WA State Government Durack involvement in history of horticulture in the North