long awaited biography of Thomas Moore

16 Sep

In 2005, during the lead-up to Moore College’s Sesquicentenary Celebrations I accidentally came across the personal papers of the benefactor Mr Thomas Moore of Liverpool. I was able to publish some preliminary essays and addresses in the course of the celebrations that year, but at that stage I had only just begun to examine the newly discovered papers.

I have been going through these papers for the last five years or so, getting to know ‘the man’ and seeking to write a proper biography. My plan was to launch the biography during the bicentennial celebrations of the township of Liverpool — to put Mr Moore firmly in the midst of those celebrations, since he built the town in the first place!

Good news and bad news:

The bad news is that there is too much to say about him, and so I have been unable to complete the entire biography – this may take another year. The good news then is that I have made the decision to divide the work in two to do justice to this fascinating man. Part I will get him to Liverpool (the first 48 years) Part II will deal with the second half of his life (30 years) once he got there.

The extra good news:

Part I will be launched during the Liverpool Bicentenary celebrations. November 22nd, 5pm at Liverpool City Library (everyone is most welcome to come!). I am very pleased that the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC, CVO, will be launching the book.

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