Courting: an Intimate History of Love and the LawInner West Council Manager Content and Collections

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Courting: an Intimate History of Love and the Law

Join award-winning author Alecia Simmonds as she uncovers a hidden history of love and heartbreak in the archives of law.

Join award-winning author Alecia Simmonds as she uncovers a hidden history of love and heartbreak in the archives of law.

Until well into the twentieth century, heartbroken men and women in Australia had a legal redress for their suffering; jilted lovers could claim compensation for ‘breach of promise to marry’. Hundreds of people, mostly from the working classes, came before the courts, and their stories give us a tantalising insight into the romantic landscape of the past – where couples met, how they courted, and what happened when flirtations turned sour. In packed courtrooms and breathless newspaper reports, love letters were read as contracts and private gifts and gossip scrutinised as evidence.

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Address:
260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield, New South Wales

Parking Available rooftop of Ashfield Mall.

Times:

Thu, 2 May 2024 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM AEST

Entry fees:
Free
Attendance limit:
150+
Website:
eventbrite.com.au/e/heritage-festival-2024-courting-an-intimate-history-of-love-and-the-law-tickets-816098311017?aff=oddtdtcreator
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