Talk by Simon Targett: Petersham adventurer George Vancouver

Date(s) - Monday 9 October 2023
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Duke Street Church

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Statue of George Vancouver outside the city hall in Vancouver, Canada

The explorer and adventurer George Vancouver, after whom the city in Canada is named, retired to Petersham and is buried in the churchyard at St Peter’s Petersham. Historian Dr Simon Targett tells us about his life.

Dr Simon Targett, a former Financial Times journalist, lives in St Margarets and is a committee member of the Richmond Local History Society. He gave talks to the Society in October 2019 on Richmond and Mortlake’s part in the founding of America and the launching of the British Empire and in November 2021 on Sir Robert Walpole, Britain’s first Prime Minister, and his connections with Richmond.

Simon’s book, New World Inc: How English Merchants Founded America and Launched The British Empire, co-authored with American business writer John Butman, was published in 2018 by Atlantic Books. It tells the story of how England’s merchant adventurers founded America before the Pilgrims.

Dr Simon Targett




An impressively large number of people attended the talk There were 107 people at Duke Street Church (including three sitting in the gallery) and 25 log-ins on Zoom. Simon’s talk was videorecorded and can now be viewed on our YouTube channel.