Words with Wine: June Shenton Turner and Martin Turner 'The Shentons'

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  • Date DATE
    23 November 2019
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  • Time TIME
    2.30 - 3.30PM
  • Location LOCATION
    Old Mill Education Centre
    Melville Pl, South Perth
  • Cost COST
    Free, booking essential
  • Hosted by HOSTED BY
    South Perth Libraries
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    Doors open 2.15pm

    In the interests of more sustainable living please BYO mug &/or water bottle. Catering includes one glass of wine per ticket and cheese platters, tea/coffee & non-caffeinated drinks.

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South Perth Libraries and City of South Perth Historical Society present this edition of Words with Wine.

Join the South Perth Libraries Local History Librarian in conversation with June Shenton Turner, the author of The Shentons, A Family of Consequence in Western Australia and her son and fact checker Martin Turner.

The Shenton story is that of the early Swan River Colony. The achievements of this remarkable first generation of migrants included setting up the first pharmacy in Perth, missionary work through the Wesleyan Church, building the iconic mill in South Perth, exploration, birth of the press as well as participation in early government and administration of South Perth.

This book is the result of over 30 years of research, writing and rewriting by June Shenton Turner, great granddaughter of George Shenton the elder. Determined to tell the story of her West Australian pioneering family, June kept finding more details that would send her off in various directions. Her wide range of interests, family and travel, as well as museum volunteering meant that there were long periods between her researching, which as any writer knows tended to make her begin all over again. By 2017 June had amassed and written an enormous amount of material and faced the daunting task of cutting it down to a publishable size. Several of her Royal W.A. Historical Society friends provided support and suggested different ways to tackle the story.

Enter elder son Martin. Following the accumulated advice June had received, this non-historian from Melbourne helped thread the story together and research sources and references.

In the interests of more sustainable living please BYO mug &/or water bottle. Catering includes one glass of wine per ticket and cheese platters, tea/coffee & non-caffeinated drinks.

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