Author Julian Leatherdale's lush and magnificent novel, 'Palace of Tears' was inspired by the Hydro Majestic Hotel. This grand hotel was opened in 1904 by Mark Foy, the owner of a well-known Sydney department store. Julian Leatherdale shall be talking about the history of this beautiful hotel, as well as the stories of those of German descent who were interred in camps during WW1. Both these stories run parallel to each other, and illustrate a time of upheaval in our society, as we journeyed toward the multiculturalism we have today. Julian Leatherdale is a speaker of note, with a diverse career, including performing at the Sydney Fringe Festival. Come along and uncover stories you have never heard before!