Care to take a peek at the scrapbook of a Colonel? Watercolours by leading artists of the time, the role of the scrapbook and sketches of historical significance are all explored at a free public lecture.

Emeritus Professor Michael Rosenthal will deliver the John Turner Memorial Lecture, offering an intriguing snapshot of how a penal colony, a place of punitive retribution, could be perceived as something very different through biographical records.

Professor Rosenthal BA, PhD (London), MA (Cantab) studied at the Courtauld Institute, and was Leverhulme Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge, before arriving at Warwick, where he has remained for 35 years. He has held various fellowships in Australia and the US, and was lead curator of the Gainsborough exhibition at Tate Britain in 2002.

When: Thursday 9 May 2013, 5.45pm for 6pm
Where: Newcastle City Hall
Enquiries and RSVP: Seats are limited. Register by Friday 3 May 2013 enquiries@weahunter.com.au and 02 4925 4200