The First Eight Project: Joseph Cook – the eternal outsider

Event details

Events and Exhibitions

Date & time

7 March 2024

5:30 to 7 pm


National Archives of Australia
National Office
Kings Avenue
Parkes, ACT 2600


$5 or Free for NAA Members

Sir Joseph Cook, Australia’s 6th prime minister, has been described as an ‘Australian Lincoln’ and a chameleon without political roots.

His extraordinary journey from child miner in England’s coal industry to knighted leader should lend itself to a heroic migrant narrative, but the personal story of this largely forgotten political figure is only now emerging from the archives.

Join Dr David Headon for canapés and conversation as you discover Cook’s life and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how history is made and shared through the First Eight Project, proudly supported by National Archives of Australia.

The First Eight Project a lecture series presented by Dr David Headon that explores the lives of Australia's early political leaders and a joint undertaking between National Archives of Australia, the Parliamentary Library, National Museum of Australia, Victorian Parliamentary Library and the ANU Australian Studies Institute.