AUTHOR Andrew Tink will talk about his book William Charles Wentworth: Australia’s greatest native son at the Wentworth Mine, Lucknow on Sunday, November 3.
This year marks the bicentenary of the first crossing of the Blue Mountains by explorers Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth.
Mr Tink was shadow attorney-general and shadow leader of the House in the NSW Parliament until March 2006.
Since stepping back from politics Mr Tink has concentrated on two of his great passions: writing and history.
His book, William Charles Wentworth, is the first comprehensive biography of Wentworth.
Wentworth built up a property empire and his pastoral vision included purchasing land at Lucknow in the 1830s.
This was where the Wentworth Mine shaft and poppet head, along with the rest of the Lucknow gold-mining field, was later established.
An explorer, master political manipulator, barrister, newspaper proprietor and a physical giant of a man who was afraid of nothing and no one, William Charles Wentworth was in every sense Australia’s founding father.
The mine will open at 2.30pm, followed by the talk at 3pm.
Entry to the mine costs $2, however children, students and pensioners are admitted free.
The author talk is free but bookings are required by calling Orange City Library on 6393 8132.