Meet the Author: Allen Mawer in conversation with Martin Woods

Classes, Lessons, Workshops and Talks

29 Mar 2023 Once Only Event

The Friends of the National Library of Australia are pleased to host Allen Mawer in conversation with Martin Woods.

500 years have now passed since Ferdinand Magellan’s famous voyage, the most audacious in maritime history. In his new book East by West, Allen Mawer closely examines the historical sources, charts and eyewitness records, considering afresh what we know of Magellan and the details of his voyage.

Allen Mawer is an author and historian who has written many well-received books on Canberra, Australian folklore, whaling and exploration. His best-known works in these genres are, respectively, Canberry Tales, Wild Colonial Boys, Ahab’s Trade: The Saga of South Seas Whaling and Incognita: The Invention and Discovery of Terra Australis. Allen is the President of the Canberra & District Historical Society and in a former life was a Senior Executive Service officer in the Australian Public Service.

In conversation with Allen will be Dr Martin Woods, former long-time Curator of Maps, at the National Library of Australia. Martin is the author of Where are our Boys? How Newsmaps won the Great War.

This event will be held in the Library Theatre and live-streamed via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed one week prior to the event, with a reminder sent the day prior.


Cafe Carpark Family Friendly Lockers Non Smoking Parents Room Public Toilet Restaurant Shop / Gift Shop

Internet Access

Free Wifi


From AU$10.00

$10 for members of the Friends of the National Library of Australia;
$15 for non-members

Event Dates

Once Only Event

29 Mar 2023

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