17:00 Tuesday 31 January on Zoom

We are commencing the 2023 Book Club on a powerful note with Michael Pembroke’s Arthur Phillip: sailor, mercenary, governor, spy.

This historical biography is based on the life of Arthur Phillip, While most Australians recognise this name, few seem to know much about him.

Michael Pembroke delves into the story of the man who became the first Governor of New South Wales.

As a captain in the Georgian navy Arthur Phillip’s integrity, intelligence and persistence made him perfectly suited to the role that history and circumstance presented to him in 1788, but landing the First Fleet at Botany Bay was only one of many achievements in a captivating life.

His is a story of political intrigue, eighteenth-century sailing ships, and the race for economic and geographic advancement in a world that was becoming truly international. It is a tale of ambition, of wealthy widows and marriage mistakes; of money and trade, espionage and mercenaries, hardship and illness. Beyond the facts of discovery and exploration, this book reveals the extraordinary idealism and the influence of the Enlightenment on the founding of Australia.

Michael Pembroke provides a compelling portrait of Arthur Phillip. He carefully weaves together the little-known facts and projects us into life in Georgian England – a time when newly discovered territories were the road to untold wealth.

So join us for a compelling evening of debate and discussions about Australian history. To RSVP, please contact the team at events@tattersallsclub.org.

The Book Club wants to strengthen their community and is looking for new Members to join their Sub-club. So if this is something that interests you and then please join us at on 17:00 Tuesday 31 January via Zoom for this meeting.