History Talk – From Celebration to Tragedy: Coogee's 1959 Mardi Gras Carnival by Christine Yeats LIVE ONLINE

Wed 28 Jul 2021 - Wed 28 Jul 2021

6.30 pm - 7.30 pm

Online via Zoom

Join historian Christine Yeats as she reflects on the sad history of Randwick’s ill-fated Mardi Gras celebrations.

The Randwick Municipality’s centenary celebrations began on Boxing Day 1958 with the opening of the grand Mardi Gras carnival at Coogee Beach. On the evening of 1 January 1959, holiday makers witnessed the collapse of the large ferris wheel. At least 40 people were injured, two critically. Christine will discuss the tragic accident, its aftermath and the impact on the community.

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About the Author:

Christine is an archivist, researcher and professional historian. She is President of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Immediate Past President of the Independent Scholars Association of Australia (ISAA), Immediate Past Chair of ISAA NSW and Convenor of the Assessment Sub-Committee of the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Committee.

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