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Sir Peter Cosgrove illuminates history in Lake Macquaire this month

Former Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove will be in Lake Macquaire to lead 10 days of talks, tours, presentations and exhibitions for the History Illuminated festival.

Peter Cosgrove will host an evening of stories, thoughts and anecdotes at part of the festival on Tuesday 23 November.

“General Sir Peter Cosgrove is one of Australia’s most prominent and respected public figures of the past 50 years,” Lake Macquarie City Council Lifelong Learning Leader Kirrily Anderson said.

The former Defence Force Chief said he was looking forward to returning to the Hunter and valued the importance of capturing and sharing history.

“I look back through the centuries at how humanity got where we are now. It’s a fascination for a person of my age, but it should be a fascination for people of all ages,” he said.

The evening is one of more than 30 scheduled events to be held as part of the festival with a program that promises an exploration of history people’s connection from sharing lived experiences.

Other highlights include an exhibition looking at the history of Morisset Hospital, told by former patients, staff and residents, a journey through the golden age of Australian showbusiness from actor Judy Nunn and a look at looking at some of the people, places and events in the region’s history that are fascinating but relatively unknown from Veteran Newcastle journalist Mike Scanlon.

The festival opens tomorrow, 19 of November, and closes on Sunday 28 November with an afternoon of fashion and history at Rathmines Theatre.

To find out more about the History Illuminated festival visit