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The Life and Times of Lola Montez
19 May 2016 @ 5.30 pm - 7.00 pm
AHA member Clare Wright will be in Ballarat discussing the life and times of Lola Montez, a central character explored in the 19th Century Bling – Goldfields Jewellery exhibition, at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE).
Lola Montez (1818 – 1861), dancer and courtesan, born in Limerick, Ireland visited Ballarat and Victoria’s goldfields in 1855: the entrepreneurial actress is remembered mostly for her reputedly scandalous dance performances and temper. The Ballarat Times attacked her notoriety, Lola retaliated by publicly horsewhipping the editor Henry Seekamp at the United States Hotel, Main Street Ballarat. Showered with gold nuggets and presented with jewellery by her adoring public during performances in Victoria, Lola can be regarded as the Madonna of the nineteenth century.
Most histories cast Montez as the clever seductress who used the power of her sex with great success, attention is not often drawn to her intelligence, creative nature, impact on political history or the strength of character which allowed her to defy conventions of the day.
Tickets $20, includes champagne and canapés.
Bookings 1800 287 113.