For our 2015 conference, we were in Austin, Texas.
Professor Jane Ohlmeyer of Trinity College Dublin delivered the Keynote Address on Saturday, 4 April entitled ‘Eastward Enterprises: Colonial Ireland, Colonial India’. The Keynote Address reconstructed the career of Gerald Aungier, the most important early governor of Bombay (1669-1677). Aungier was the grandson of an early seventeenth-century Wexford planter and the brother of the Earl of Longford, an active colonist, and entrepreneur who developed 1670s Dublin on the back of Indian treasure. Aungier planted and colonised Bombay much as his relatives had Ireland during an earlier period. This lecture explores similarities and differences in the colonial processes and looks again at Irish and British expansionism in the East.
Our Conference Dinner Party took place at Scholz Beer Garten on Friday evening, 3 April 2015 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. The Scholz Beer Garten is the oldest continuously operating business in Austin, Texas (since 1866).