‘Campaign Dinner’ Star And Garter Inn

30 Bridge Street, Richmond

Friday, Feb 23

6:30 pm 9:00 pm

Booking required

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Step back in time and sample the infamous 1856 House of Assembly campaign or ‘tribute’ dinner hosted in support of Bassett Dickson’s candidacy.

Two high profile candidates stood in opposition for the Richmond electorate, local landowner, Basset Dickson who lived on Grass Tree Hill Road and Thomas George Gregson, of East Risdon. Gregson was elected. They each held rallies and functions to promote their candidacy. Their efforts were described in great (turgid) in Tasmanian newspapers, providing a fascinating insight into the politics and society of the time.

Bassett Dickson’s campaign dinner was held at the Star and Garter Inn in August 1856 amid an acrimonious and hotly contested campaign that sits in contrast to the (questionable) ethics of contemporary electioneering.

Hosted by the Inn’s current owner, Warwick Oakman, the special Richmond Bicentenary Open House Richmond event, will  include wines and spirits from the Coal River Valley, Colonial and contemporary music played on an 1820 Broadwood piano forte, readings from Colonial authors, Marcus Clarke, and Margaret Scott. Meat from local farms cooked to modern and 19th century recipes, and Tasmanian produce.

Cost: $45 per person

Limited by the building’s capacity, this will be an exclusive event, early bookings essential.


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