Hunters Hill Historical Society – Guest Speaker “Jane & D’Arcy”

28 Feb

Event Date
28 Feb
Event Time
10:00 am
Hunters Hill
Organiser Name
Hunters Hill Historical Society
Contact Email
Web Address
Venue Details
Hunters Hill Museum
Venue Address
Hunters Hill Museum, 22 Alexandra Street Hunters Hill NSW 2110

A bit about this event

On Thursday, 28 February at 10.00am, the Hunters Hill Historical Society will host an author talk at the Hunters Hill Museum, 22 Alexandra Street,

by Wal Walker, about his recent book:

Jane & D’Arcy: Jane Austen & D’Arcy Wentworth.

“D’Arcy Wentworth, an Irish surgeon, came to Australia on the Second Fleet in 1790.
He served under the first seven governors of New South Wales and was Macquarie’s
great assistant.”

Wal Walker is a grandson of D’Arcy Wentworth’s great grandson.

Jane & Darcy

Folly is not always Folly

Jane & D’Arcy is the history of Jane Austen and D’Arcy Wentworth, a young Irish surgeon. Folly is not always Folly
tells the story of their first meeting, family connections, their romance and adventures, and their separation, on the eve of D’Arcy’s departure for New South Wales.

D’Arcy remained the love of Jane’s life, the fixed star in her firmament. Their romance, kept secret by her family, provided the inspiration for much of her writing.

Folly follows Jane from the Steventon Rectory to Bath, then Southampton, and D’Arcy from Ireland to London, then to Sydney and Norfolk Island.

Wal Walker, the author of Jane & D’Arcy, is a grandson of D’Arcy Wentworth’s great grandson. He has written his family’s untold story of D’Arcy and Jane Austen.

Such Talent & Such Success 

The second volume of Jane & D’Arcy, takes up their story
in 1806. Jane is in Southampton awaiting D’Arcy’s return. D’Arcy is in New South Wales, confident the new governor William Bligh, will bring permission for him to return to England, to be reunited with Jane.

Such Talent tells the story of their rapidly changing fortunes which followed. In 1809, Jane returned to Hampshire, and there, between 1810 and 1815, she completed six remarkable novels, Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, the most beloved, most widely read and enduring of novels in English.

In 1810, D’Arcy became the great assistant to Lachlan  Macquarie, Bligh’s successor. He helped Macquarie to transform the Colony, and he championed the cause of the former convicts, the emancipists. D’Arcy led the campaign for their rights and recognition, though he did not live to see it come to fruition. He died in July 1827, ten years after Jane.

His eldest son, William Charles, continued the fight for the emancipists, and for more than thirty five years, for the right of New South Wales to govern itself and make its own laws independent of Britain. Known as the Liberator, he was the father of Australia’s Constitution.

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