4 May – FREE 2016 History Festival event

2016 SA History Festival presentation by Professor Philip Payton

John Verran and South Australia’s (and the World’s) First Labor Government

1910 was an historic moment in the history of the Labor movement in South Australia – and indeed the world – when a majority Labor Party government was elected for the very first time, with John Verran as Premier. This talk charts the varying fortunes of Verran’s government from election to defeat in 1912, highlighting in particular the role of the Legislative Council in opposing social democratic policies. It also sketches Verran’s increasingly fraught relationship with the wider Labor movement, especially the trade unions.


DATE:  Wednesday 4 May, 2016

VENUE:  Napier 102, Napier Building – The University of Adelaide, North Terrace, ADELAIDE

TIME:  6.30 – 7.30pm  (please arrive at 6.15pm to ensure a prompt start to the lecture)

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John Verran (1856-1932) – 26th Premier of South Australia


Professor Philip PaytonProfessor of Cornish and Australian Studies, Flinders University of South Australia

As Professor of Cornish & Australian Studies, Philip Payton is acknowledged as a leading specialist on Cornish emigration history. His book The Cornish Overseas: A History of Cornwall’s Great Emigration (Cornwall Editions, Fowey: 2005) remains the standard volume on the subject. His most recent book Regional Australia and the Great War: ‘The Boys from Old Kio’ (University of Exeter Press: 2012) is an in depth examination of the wartime experiences of one Cornish emigrant community, and complements his Making Moonta: The Invention of ‘Australia’s Little Cornwall’ (University of Exeter Press: 2007).

Philip Payton has also made a significant contribution to Cornish biographical studies, and two important biographies include John Betjeman and Cornwall: ‘The Celebrated Cornish Nationalist’ (University of Exeter Press: 2010) and A.L. Rowse and Cornwall: A Paradoxical Patriot (University of Exeter Press: 2005, paperback 2007).

He is author of Cornwall: A History (Cornwall Editions: Fowey, 2004), and edits the annual volume Cornish Studies, now in its twentieth year, published by University of Exeter Press. His Maritime History of Cornwall, edited jointly with Alston and Helen Doe, is shortly to appear from University of Exeter Press.

Philip is currently President of the British-Australian Studies Association, and is Director of the Institute of Cornish Studies, which is co-founded by Cornwall County Council.

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