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Five minutes with Alinde Bierhuizen

15 OCTOBER 2018 10:42 AM / 0 COMMENTS

  ...Alinde Bierhuizen is the newest member of the PHA NSW & ACT committee and its new Secretary. She moved from her home country, the Netherlands, to Sydney last year and currently works as a freelance historian. What made you decide to pursue a career in history? I have always been interested in [...]

Whose story is it? Indigenous practitioners talk about writing and curating history

25 SEPTEMBER 2018 10:20 AM / 1 COMMENT

  ...by Minna Muhlen-Schulte, who chaired a panel on Indigenous history making at the recent PHA national conference, Marking Time. PHANSW was proud to present a panel by some of Sydney’s leading Aboriginal curators and cultural strategists – Ronald Briggs (Curator of Research and Discovery at State Library of NSW),  Melissa Jackson [...]

From schools to boardrooms: challenges in writing commissioned history

10 SEPTEMBER 2018 9:24 PM / 1 COMMENT

  … In her paper at the 2018 PHA Conference, Kate Blake of Worthington Clark compared two milestone histories that she had worked. The first project was a 50-year history of Australian company, Equifax. Established in 1967 as the Credit Reference Association, the company’s life has so far encompassed eight iterations, including two floats [...]

Navigating emotion: one facet of the historian’s job

2 SEPTEMBER 2018 4:29 PM / 1 COMMENT

  by Francesca Beddie... Presenters at the 2018 PHA conference, Marking Time, (Sydney, 30-31 August 2018) embraced its many-faceted topic with insight and sensitivity. They provided us all with much to ponder about the role of public historians in recording the history of people, places and organisations. One theme to emerge was the [...]

The Sydney Wars 1788-1817: bringing together the sources

19 AUGUST 2018 11:08 AM / 2 COMMENTS

  Emma Dortins reviews Stephen Gapps, The Sydney Wars: conflict in the early colony 1788-1817, Sydney, NSW, NewSouth Publishing 2018. The Sydney Wars, as its title suggests, brings under a single conceptual umbrella the conflicts between Aboriginal peoples of the Cumberland Plain and the British colonists. It spans  thirty years from the [...]

Reflections on writing an ocean history

11 AUGUST 2018 6:28 PM / 0 COMMENTS

  by Dr Joy McCann, Visiting Fellow, School of History, Australian National University...  The central theme explored at the recent annual conference of the Australian Historical Association was ‘The Scale of History’. The organisers asked participants to consider how questions of scale—temporal, geographical, social, archival—influence their research. The theme resonated strongly with [...]

Social media and ‘saving’ specialist heritage

5 AUGUST 2018 9:53 AM / 2 COMMENTS

  by Peter Hobbins  ... I was a reluctant adopter of social media, and have in fact given presentations entitled ‘the sceptic’s guide to Twitter’. Since sending my first tweet in 2014 (https://twitter.com/history2wheeler), however, I’ve come to appreciate the platform’s value in sharing information, building networks and serendipitously encountering all manner of [...]

A green Public History Prize winner: Debbie Waddell

30 JULY 2018 10:32 AM / 2 COMMENTS

  ... This year's Public History Prize winner, Debbie Waddell talks about what history means to her. What are your plans after university? Are you pursuing a career in the history sector? After completing my BA later this year, I hope to undertake Honours, collaborating with a local environmental volunteer organisation to assist them [...]

Public History Prize winners announced

24 JULY 2018 11:35 AM / 1 COMMENT

  ...by Francesca Beddie The PHA NSW & ACT established the Public History Prize to encourage the application of historical practice to real-world issues. This year the essays we received were diverse: one considered the heritage significance of graffiti, several looked at gender in the war and interwar years, another discussed Ernest [...]

Tyler Oration: capturing the LGBTQI voice through oral history

24 JULY 2018 9:37 AM / 1 COMMENT

  ... by Francesca Beddie Dr Shirleene Robinson, Associate Professor, Macquarie University, delivered the 2018 Peter Tyler oration, named in memory of an indefatigable member of the PHA. Dr Robinson paid tribute to Dr Tyler, saying he embedded the best of the profession, with his dedication to doing rigorous history that could [...]