Janet Millett: Life in Barladong

Janet Millett Life in Barladong


After five years in the new settlement of York, which she called Barladong, Janet Millett returned home to England and wrote about her time in the colony. Her memoir is full of her thoughts, observations and experiences as a pioneering settler.

On the 150th anniversary of the publication of Janet’s memoir An Australian Parsonage, actor Sarah McNeill brings to life York in the 1860s, through Janet’s own words, accompanied by the evocative sounds of the cello played by Anna Sarcich.

Following the Saturday night performance there will be light refreshments and a Q&A with the artists and writers.

Janet Millett: Life in Barladong is a York Festival commission co-written by Rob Garton-Smith, president of The York Society, and Lit Live producer and performer Sarah McNeill.

Use of word ‘native/s’. Between 1800s – 1970s, the Ballardong Noongar people were referred to as ‘natives’ by colonists. Today, many Ballardong Noongar people are offended by the use of this word in contemporary discourse, and we acknowledge its harmful impact. It will be heard in this performance because the script includes historical excerpts from the original 1872 publication of An Australian Parsonage.


DATE: Fri 30 Sept, Sat 1 Oct

TIME: 7pm-8.20pm

VENUE: Church of the Holy Trinity, Newcastle Street, York

PRICE: $25

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the beautiful lands on which The York Festival takes place, the Ballardong Noongar people. We honour and pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

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