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The Melbourne Socialite & The Turkish Diplomat

Presented by Patrick Ferry and Janan Greer via Zoom.

London, 1913: A wealthy young woman from a stately countryMelbourne Socialite home falls in love with and secretly marries a handsome young diplomat from the Turkish Embassy. It sounds like a plot line from the hit British period drama Downton Abbey … but it is the real-life story of Melbourne socialite Florence Winter-Irving. Florence’s story is told through records held by the National Archives of Australia, contemporary newspapers and treasured family memorabilia and traditions. Her story is set against the backdrop of patriarchal nationality laws which stripped women of their own nationality when they married ‘aliens’ – i.e., foreign men who were not British subjects.

Free. For  GSV members only. Maximum 45 attendees. GSV members please log in to register. This is a joint Zoom event with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. The Zoom link will be in the confirmation email.

Patrick Ferry is the State Manager, Victoria for the National Archives of Australia. He is a professional archivist, local historian and author. Patrick’s most recent book Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat: Remembering the Pakenham District’s WW2 service personnel, 1939 – 1945, won the 2020 Victorian Community History Award for Best Local History Project.

Janan Greer is the great-granddaughter of Florence Winter-Irving. Janan works in marketing and communications and has a passion for family history and storytelling. She is the custodian of many family photographs, letters and documents relating to her paternal family lineage.

Photo courtesy of the National Archives of Australia.

9 December 2021, 10:30 to 12:00
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