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AND OTHER SPEAKERS at LONDON Speakers' Corner
Marble Arch, London Hyde Park, England and Sydney Speakers
Domain Sydney Australia
before talkback radio and the internet, Speakers’
Corner in London and Sydney attracted many thousands of
people every Sunday afternoon.
the 1870’s until about 1985 Speakers’ Corner
was a place where people shared new and sometimes radical
ideas. It was an afternoon out- free entertainment, politics
and education. Orators
John Webster and Victor Zammit who both spoke in London
Speakers Corner as well as Sydney Domain Speakers Corner
in the 1970‘s held crowds of thousands spellbound
with their brilliant oratory.
Sadly today (2010) London Speaker's corner is only a fraction
of what it was and Sydney Speaker's Domain is virtually
Victor Zammit orating at Speakers' Corner Sydney
List of pictures: Speakers' Corner
at the Sydney Domain Park was a venue where speakers,
orators and debaters assembled every Sunday afternoon for
more than a hundred years from around 2pm until 5pm; it
was almost identical to London's Speakers'
Corner at Marble Arch, Hyde Park, London, England.
On occassions Victor had his own platform at London Speakers'
(also) Oratory at London's Speakers' Corner - transcriptions:
Victor Zammit is on record for consistently having
the biggest crowds at these meetings. The record shows that
in the history of public park speaking - at Speakers' Corner,
only Victor Zammit and another English orator, J. Webster,
were able to consistently hold huge crowds at the Sydney
Speakers' Corner (Webster at Marble Arch, Hyde Park, London).
At his wittiest and always with a huge crowd Victor
Zammit entertaining his receptive crowd - Victor dealt with
the hottest issues of the day - human rights, women's liberation,
politics, religion, captialism, communism, mind liberation,
the paranormal, psychic powers in espionage, skepticism
... and more. 'Sandwiched between the tears and the
laughter, Victor's powerful messages came down like thunder
in the hearts and the minds of the unaware.'
"C" John Webster, master orator at his best
at Speakers' Corner, Sydney.
"D" Strong radical female orators spreading
their revolutionary politcs at Speakers' Corner London's
Marble Arch, Hyde Park.
Another historical picture: Sister Ada singing hymns to
save sinners at Sydney's Speakers' Corner.
picture 6 On occasions
mainstream media attended Victor's meeting to report some
of the hottest issues.
picture 17 Lord Soper,
the Christian radical Reverend: one of the greatest orators
of all time at London's Speakers' Corner for fifty five
picture 20 The Israelis
articulate their legitimate argument at London's Speakers
picture 15 (b) British
police regularly keep an eye on what is happening at Speakers'
Corner, Hyde Park, London.
The Catholic Guild at Speakers' Corner in London promoting
Zammit addressing another regular, huge weekly crowd (what
you see is about a third of the crowd in the photo) during
the latter time of the Vietnam war..
picture 24 Objector
not wanting to pay tax - Speakers' Corner London 2004.
29 Speaker at London's Speakers' Corner on religion.
another speaker trying to persuade the public of his intellectual
26 More evocative speaking at Speakers' Corner, Marble
Arch, Hyde Park, London.
picture 18 Webster
a great orator who was able to get large crowds at Speakers
Corner London and Sydney -1965-85
A Catholic priest debating speaker Charlie King - on the
stand - about atheism at Sydney's Speakers' Corner, the
The doomsday personality: picture shows a doomsdayer predicting
the THE END IS NEAR!
33 Armed police at Speakers Corner - always keep order
at these occasionaly troublesome meetings.
34 Bible preacher whipping up great emotion at Speakers'
picture 4 One of Victor
Zammit's largest crowds and probably a record crowd for
the Sydney Speakers' Corner at the Domain Park- sometimes
Victor had up to two thousand attending these open air meetings.
picture 35 Historical
photo at Speakers' Corner 1930's Sydney- a Mr Kay witha
serious message about 'individual effort.'.
36 Picture shows the Christadelphians
in action at Speakers' Corner, London's Hyde Park
picture 42 Speaker
on the Islamic religion, Speakers' Corner, London's Hyde
picture 43 an orator
on current affairs at London's Speaker's Corner, Hyde Park.
picture 44 Historical
photo: Speaker at Sydney's Speakers' Corner praising Hitler
in 1939 -(researched)- Sydney.
picture 45 Victor
putting his crowd into a relaxing mood to get his message
across - having used humour to remove the brick wall of
picture 46 Bible
preacher shaking hands to make friends ...
47 Victor at London's Speakers' Corner - many, many
picture 48 At
London's Speaker Corner - current affairs speaker.
picture 49 Christ
Died for the Ungodly - says the placard - it says it all!
pictur 50 Bowler
Hat speaker at London's Speakers' Corner - where else?
picture 13 More
entertainment - a combination of politics, human rights
and women's liberation - early seventies.
picture 25 The Socialists
try to get a crowd in London - but very few people bothered
after 1987 - the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Victor defending Medicare, Australia's national health care
More pics of Victor at Speakers'
Victor Zammit chairing a meeting for John Howard, Prime
Minister of Australia for 11 years, at the Wayside Theatre.
Victor Zammit first met John Howard at the Mosman Professional
Debates (conducted on Westminster Parliamentary style)
- where John Howard supported and was a regular guest debater
in the early 70's.
picture 2 Victor Zammmit
(pictured, shown sitting at right) debates brilliant attorney/politician
John Dowd, Attorney General, Leader of the State Conservative
Party (later Supreme Court judge and now Chancellor of Bond
Univeristy) in the second of the three debates on the motion:
That Australia Should Have a Bill of Rights.
picture 3 Victor
Zammit in Hyde Park London- - some years ago, circa 2002
- as a guest speaker of the Human Rights Group.
picture 5 Another regular
huge crowd listening to Victor at the Sydney Speakers' Corner
at the Domain.
picture 7 Victor Zammit
addressing another huge crowd at Speakers' Corner in Sydney.
picture 8 Victor Zammit
in a serious mood orating. Victor's partner, Wendy (in pigtails)
is on the left of Victor's stand.
picture 10 More
fiery oratory from Victor Zammit at a time when the Vietnam
war and the stage musical HAIR were on.
picture 11 The historical
Sydney Speakers' Corner at the Domain during the turbulent
years of the Vietnam war; photo shows Victor Zammit in 1971.
Notice armed police with two way radio. Police have been
attending these Speakers' Corner meetings for over 100 years.
Photo taken from the book THE DOMAIN SPEAKER.
picture 12 More controversial
oratory at Speakers' Corner. That young looking girl in
plaits on the left of Victor's stand is his partner Wendy.
picture 14. Front
cover book The Domain Speaker - transcripts from great times
at Speakers' Corner.
15 Victor still attracting big crowds at London's Speakers'
Corner on a one-off Sunday afternoon meeting in 2002.
16 Victor getting closer to the crowd at Speakers' Corner
Hyde Park London 2004
picture 19 Victor
Zammit dealing with hecklers at Speakers' Corner.
American hostage crisis in Iran: Victor whips up a great
deal of emotions outside the US Consulate in Sydney January
1980.Victor organized these pro-American meetings which
led to wide media coverage and debate.
Victor Zammit dealing with hecklers at Speakers' Corner.
students' enthusiastic suppport for Speakers' Corner at
the University of New South Wales on the library lawn meetings
organized by Victor during lunchtime.
28 (b) lunchtime meetings discussing the current political,
social, academic, intellectual issues of the day were very
popular at these Univesity lunchtime meetings which were
organized by Victor Zammit. At times senior politicians
addressed the students. One favorite senior politician with
the university students was former Customs Minister (Secretary)
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