Backhouse Lecture Committee

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Backhouse Lecture Committee

The Backhouse Lecture committee is responsible for arranging and supporting the annual Backhouse Lecture given each year at Australia Yearly Meeting.


This is intended to be a fuller description of the Committee's purpose

The James Backhouse Lecture, commonly known as the Backhouse Lecture, is a public lecture on contemporary issues delivered annually at the national gathering of Quakers in Australia. The lecture series was initiated by Australia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) on its establishment in 1964. The lecture is given in memory of James Backhouse, who walked around a great deal of eastern and southern Australia to enquire into the condition of the penal settlements in Australia and the welfare of the Aborigines and the free settlers. He had as his travelling companion George Washington Walker, and there is no doubt that the visit of these two Friends marked the beginning of the history of Friends in Australia.

Any Friend can nominate a proposed Backhouse Lecturer, by downloading the Backhouse Lecture Nomination Form.

You can learn more about the Backhouse Lecture, and read, listen to and watch past Lectures here.