Our Patron does us proud Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 12:42

The audience for the 21st David Fleeman Memorial Lecture on October 24 at Tonic House, Melbourne, were treated to a masterly performance by our Patron, Dr Gordon Turnbull .

His lecture, “Keeping Boswell in Good Repair” gave us ample evidence of the prodigious talent which has taken him from a journalist and student in Australia to custodian of the great Boswell archives at Yale.


He demonstrated clearly that Boswell was not a mere gatherer of facts and gossip about Johnson but was conscious that his papers and manuscripts from which he prepared  The Life would provide ample material for re-interpretation of this book for generations.

This lecture, the first to be provided by a Patron of the JSA, will be printed in a special format.  An eight-page handout at the lecture will also be made available.

Our host at Tonic House, Michelle Levine, welcomed us graciously to her beautiful building, told us a little about the intriguing art on display and assured us that she was enthusiastic about our Society using Tonic House now and in the future.

Dr Gordon Turnbull with Michelle Levine and John Byrne outside Tonic House