The 7th Theo Barker Memorial Lecture

Theo Barker WORachael Coopes WO

The 2017 Theo Barker Memorial Lecture will be offered by Rachael Coopes, an award winning Australian playwright whose plays have been stages in the USA< Britain and across Australia.

With a deep passion for research-heavy projects, a desire to create theatre for young people, and a fascination with how Australia’s past informs it present, Rachael Coopes delves into the complex process of merging history with imagination.   In her Theo Barker Memorial Lecture, Rachael will draw on examples from Bathurst’s history to illustrate how this can happen and reflect on work presently underway researching and writing a play exploring Bathurst’s history to be premiered next year at BMEC.  Readings from her work-in-progress script will be provided by local young actors.

Since 2005, the lecture has been offered biennially in memory of Theo Barker (1919-2003), a much loved and respected member of the Bathurst community.  Theo was Bathurst’s historian, the author of many publications and a popular speaker on our community’s history.  The Theo Barker Memorial Lecture is hosted by the Bathurst District Historical Society and Charles Sturt University, joined on this occasion by the Bathurst memorial Entertainment Centre.  The lecture is recognised both within and beyond Bathurst s a significant event, one that is both scholarly in content and popular in presentation.  This is in keeping with Theo Barker’s philosophy as an historian and educator.

Light refreshments will be available prior to the lecture’s commencement at 6.30pm










Friday 18 August 

6.00pm for 6.30pm Start 


This is a FREE Event


Phone: (02) 6333 6161