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Crown Street: Four History Lessons

17 FEBRUARY 2017 9:16 PM / 2 COMMENTS

  by Judith Godden ... At last! After some four years’ delay, my history of Sydney’s baby factory, Crown Street Women’s Hospital, is out! Published by Allen & Unwin, Crown Street sheds light on Sydney’s social history as well as international issues in women’s health. It also has some lessons for today, [...]

Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens: an historical source

29 JANUARY 2017 5:38 PM / 0 COMMENTS

  Ian Willis writes about Sydney’s central parklands… The Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens are some of the most important open spaces in Australia’s urban landscape. The 29 hectares of gardens are surrounded by 51 hectares of parkland including the Sydney Domain. They were officially recognised as a botanic garden in 1816, [...]

A hundred years of the US National Park Service

18 DECEMBER 2016 7:22 PM / 0 COMMENTS

  Melbourne is abuzz in the lead-up to Christmas. The crowds are out in shops and eateries. Others have been watching 16 hours of Richard Wagner’s monumental Ring Cycle. This production by Neil Armfield accentuates the opera’s warnings about the adverse consequences, on relationships as well as on nature, of greed [...]

Access to records: user expectations in the digital age

1 DECEMBER 2016 6:04 PM / 3 COMMENTS

  Christine Yeats represented the PHA NSW&ACT at an Australian Society of Archivists seminar, Forging Links, on 18 October 2016. This post is based on her presentation at the seminar… Today, people from across the globe can get online access to an ever-increasing number of records. Does this render obsolete the expert [...]

Celebrating public education

22 NOVEMBER 2016 12:39 PM / 2 COMMENTS

  Pauline Curby, author of  Independent Minds: a history of St George Girls High School (UNSW Press, Sydney, 2016) talks about the importance of writing the history of public schools... St George Girls High School opened at a critical juncture in the history of Australia. The year 1916 was a troubled time, with political [...]

Illegal Demolition of Historic Buildings in Australia

7 NOVEMBER 2016 4:59 PM / 2 COMMENTS

  by Yvonne Perkins Thousands of people have voiced their outrage at the latest illegal demolition of an historic building in Australia. The Corkman Irish Hotel, which had been part of inner-suburban Melbourne since the 1850s, is now a pile of rubble. Damaged a week earlier by a fire the police are [...]

Five minutes with Anisa Puri

4 OCTOBER 2016 5:08 PM / 3 COMMENTS

  Anisa Puri has worked mainly in oral history, heritage interpretation and project management. She is President of Oral History NSW, and managed the Australian Generations Oral History Project from 2012-2015. She is currently working as a historian at a heritage consulting firm and is also involved in the HIV/AIDS Volunteers [...]

Histories of the Red Cross

25 SEPTEMBER 2016 4:00 PM / 2 COMMENTS

  Ian Willis reports The Australian Red Cross Society is part of one of the world’s most important humanitarian organisations. It has provided relief in times of crisis for 100 years. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement has seven guiding principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. [...]

Historians communing: part two

20 SEPTEMBER 2016 12:23 PM / 3 COMMENTS

  by Laila Ellmoos ... A few weeks ago, I reflected on the 2016 AHA conference. This week my focus is on the Working History conference (#WHpha2016) organised by PHA (Vic) with support from Professional Historians Australia. The conference was held over two full days (19-20 August 2016) at the Graduate School [...]

Introducing Rowan Day

7 SEPTEMBER 2016 10:00 AM / 1 COMMENT

  What made you decide to pursue a career in history? I have always had a love of history, for as long as I can remember. When I was a child I was so enraptured by stories of early explorers that I used to walk around the farm pretending I was  Ludwig [...]