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Indignation In The Colony - The Failed Royal Assassination

Indignation In The Colony - The Failed Royal Assassination


​You're invited to join us for A Little Night Sitting at NSW Parliament in collaboration with the State Library of NSW.

In March 1868, Irishman Henry James O’Farrell attempted to assassinate Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Alfred Duke of Edinburgh, the first member of the royal family to visit Australia.

Twenty thousand people made the long journey to Hyde Park, mostly by foot, to protest the assassination attempt. Parliament quickly legislated a response to O’Farrell who had pulled the trigger. Community relief after Prince Alfred survived saw large sums donated to establish a hospital in his name – the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital opened in 1882.

Guests will be able to:

  • View the exhibition, Indignation in the Colony, a collaboration between Parliamentary Education and the State Library of NSW
  • Hear Emeritus Curator of the State Library, Paul Brunton AM, speak about the ‘frenzy of Imperial loyalty and mad sectarianism’ unleashed by the attempted murder of Prince Alfred
  • Watch the legislative chambers in session


Everyone is welcome, bookings are essential, email us to secure a spot!

When: March 13 5.00pm - 7.00pm

Where: NSW Parliament, 6 Macquarie St, Sydney