Soapbox Speakers

In the media

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Student videos from Sydney colleges.
Each year around May we get clusters of students filming the speakers. These future film-makers promise to email us their final product. You can see all their promised videos directly below.

Actually, you can’t. So far, we haven’t received one video. Thanks guys.

Radio:  ABC Radio National’s ‘Hindsight’ created a documentary about a speaker in the early 1900s, who was sent to jail and to asylums for his outspoken views on sex. The program,  Good Sex – the Confessions and Campaigns of W.J. Chidley, not only examines the extraordinary character of the man, but it reveals the social mores of the time. Further, it gives us the opportunity to reflect upon our own values, and upon our capacity for tolerance.
The producers also made a video.An actor represented Chidley.  It’s an entertaining video, giving the viewer a good idea of Chidley’s views.


Radio:  Public Radio 2SER
interviewed Steve Maxwell, who did brilliantly. Click  here.


Newspaper clippings:
11 March, 2011      The Sydney Morning Herald provides a clipping about Speakers’ Corner, Sydney.

24 January, 1888   From The Sydney Morning Herald‘:
 ‘… the Sydney Outer Domain is occupied on Sunday afternoons by a dozen assemblies of the most diverse schools of religious thought, from the narrowest Calvinism to the most comprehensive latitudinarianism. They preach and argue and wrangle, a little noisily perhaps, but with the greatest good-humour, until tea-time, then go decorously home satisfied with having begun the week well. All visitors to Sydney should spend a Sunday afternoon in the Outer Domain if they would witness the fierce blaze of light a person can throw upon a subject of which he may know little.’
(Found by Shirley Colless and placed in ‘Discovering the Domain‘.)


Blogs
:

A Sydney Summer

Scratching Sydney’s Surface

‘All the dumb things.’

‘Australian Folklore Unit’


Online review
from Yelp 


Books:

The Domain Speaker by Victor Zammit.  Victor would be particularly pleased to know his book is held in ASIO’s library. (Unfortunately it’s not available to the public, but there is a copy in the State Library which is.)

Discovering the Doman‘, Edited by Edwin Wilson, research by Shirley Colless. A PDF file can be found on the Domain Trust’s website.

‘Soapbox Oratory (The History of Soapbox Oratory)’ by Stephen Maxwell. Found in the
City Library  
and in The National Library of Australia (though check with the library first).
Stephen is one of the current speakers, and has three copies for sale. $10 each. Ring him first to ensure he brings one along to Speakers’ Corner. 02 97135780

 Youtube documentary:
A five minute film from Amy Gore, 2008:

 

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