Goldfields Lecturer: David Blair

Born in Ireland in 1820, David Blair emigrated to Australia in 1851. Ordained as a minister in Sydney, he pursued a varied career, including working as a journalist and a politician. Blair was a frequent lecturer at mechanics’ institutes, including the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute (one of the case studies of the project).

Below is a selection from a StoryMap I created depicting a part of Blair’s journey as a lecturer, including lectures he delivered in England before emigrating. You can view the full StoryMap here.

Works Cited

Jill Roe, ‘Blair, David (1820–1899)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,

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