Lunchtime Talk: Roslyn Maguire

In her exploration of the musical history of the Garden Palace, historian Roslyn Maguire examines the work of composer Paolo Giorza. Born in Milan, Giorza had been one of La Scala’s principal composers through the 1850s, and lived in Australia for a few years before his appointment as Director of Music for the Sydney International Exhibition. While his compositions and performances may have been prominent on the Exhibition programmes, the traditions and novelties of entertainment would cater for a broad public taste.

Roslyn Maguire has worked as an editor and historian for more than 20 years. She has a deep interest in the conservation of 19th-century buildings, and contributed to the UNSW publication Colonial City, Global City - Sydney’s International Exhibition 1879 (Crossing Press, 2000). She was awarded the C.H. Currey Fellowship of the State Library of New South Wales for studies relating to Italian migration, and curated The Italian Connection exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Italian artists at the S.H. Ervin Gallery at Observatory Hill.