Silk Silver Opium

29jun7:30 pm9:30 pmSilk Silver OpiumAustralian Decorative and Fine Arts Societies Lecture by Michael Pembroke7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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Presented by Michael Pembroke

This lecture explores how silk, silver and opium were fundamental to imperial China. Silk brought the empires of China and Rome together during the Han dynasty. Silver gilded the Chinese world of the Ming dynasty and helped make China the cog running the wheel of the global economy during the 16th to 18th centuries. Opium, introduced by the British in ever increasing quantities from the early nineteenth century, helped bring about the collapse of the Qing dynasty and the end of empire.

Michael Pembroke is a writer, historian and served as a Supreme Court judge from 2010 to 2020. He is the author of four books and has written for many worldwide publications. He has had two books short-listed for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards: Arthur Phillip-Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy (2013) and Korea-Where the American Century Began (2018). His latest book is Play by the Rules (2020) is published in the UK and USA as America in Retreat.

About ADFAS Shoalhaven

ADFAS Shoalhaven promotes interest in the study of decorative and fine arts by offering high quality monthly lectures on a wide range of subjects including art, history, gardening, design, and architecture.

The monthly meetings are a wonderful and informal way to make friends and to get to know others in the community. Visit our website for information on membership. Visitors are always welcome. Doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start.



Members free, Visitors $25, Student visitors $15


(Thursday) 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


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77 Albert Street, Berry NSW 2535

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