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James Jervis Memorial Lecture


Wed 18 Oct 2017, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Burnside Public School, 1 Masons Drive, North Parramatta, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

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Andrew Tink, author of a number of historical books will deliver the annual James Jervis Memorial Lecture. Andrew has recently launched a new book featuring a history of the 20th century. James Jervis was born in County Armagh, Ireland in 1884 and migrated with his family to Australia in the 1890s.

He was educated at Auburn and Cleveland Street Schools and admitted as a schoolteacher to the Department of Education in NSW in 1907. After World War I he was posted to Intermediate High School, Parramatta.

He joined the Parramatta & District Historical Society and began researching local history. His papers were published in the Society’s Journal, becoming its editor and eventually our secretary. He was elected a Fellow in 1935 and a Councillor until 1961.

Jervis was appointed to Canterbury Boy’s High School in 1924, teaching science there until his retirement in 1947. For some time he lived in Alice Street Harris Park, near Experiment Farm. He became a member of the Royal Australian Historical Society and broadened his research into local history. A prolific contributor with over sixty articles for the Journal and a stream of booklets and books led to the Parramatta City Council making him the official historian from 1938 until his passing in 1963 aged 79 years. His most notable book, The Cradle City of Australia: A History of Parramatta 1788-1961 is the culmination of forty years of research.

The Parramatta & District Historical Society honours James Jervis every year through this memorial lecture, the first of which was delivered in October 1988 by Dr Ken Cable, Past President of the Royal Australian Historical Society.