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Sailing headlong into 2020: public historians and the 250th anniversary of James Cook

4 FEBRUARY 2019 4:23 PM / 5 COMMENTS

  … by Stephen Gapps Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the waters of considered debate about the commemoration of Australia’s colonial origins, along comes Captain Cook. Again. The famous navigator, once considered to embody the correct set of qualities inherited in modern Australia instead of Governor [...]

State Library of NSW: so much more than paper

31 JANUARY 2019 2:28 PM / 4 COMMENTS

  ...by Francesca Beddie   On 30 January, 18 PHA NSW members were given an insider’s view of the State Library of NSW’s exhibition spaces by Mitchell Librarian Richard Neville. With his research interest in nineteenth century Australian art and culture, and his curatorial expertise, we were treated to many insights into the [...]

Are we there yet? Welcome to the summer holidays!

18 DECEMBER 2018 2:25 PM / 7 COMMENTS

  by Rosemary Kerr... As the summer holiday season approaches, many Australians are preparing to take to the road – catching up with family and friends over the Christmas period; heading up or down the coast for some rest and relaxation; revisiting favourite spots or exploring new places off the beaten track. [...]

Public history: exploring productive relationships with partner practitioners

20 NOVEMBER 2018 10:17 AM / 5 COMMENTS

  by Peter Hobbins... In recent years I have come to favour the term ‘community historians’, in part because it encompasses local, family and special-interest historians, alongside what we in medical history refer to as ‘practitioner’ historians. Indeed, I’ve begun experimenting with the phrase ‘partner practitioners’ as an inclusive term for the [...]

The end of the war

9 NOVEMBER 2018 5:14 PM / 0 COMMENTS

  by Francesca Beddie... As we approach the finale of the centenary of WWI, an organisation set up in 2013 to promote a balanced consideration of Australian history celebrated its fifth anniversary. The Honest History symposium attracted some big names: Paul Daley, journalist and writer; Clare Wright, historian Michael Cooney CEO of [...]

Keep in touch exhibition – a curator’s perspective

30 OCTOBER 2018 9:44 AM / 0 COMMENTS

  ...by Birgit Heilmann I had a busy ‘I am away from my desk’ week in mid-October, installing my new exhibition Keep in touch. After more than one year in the making, I can now sit back and observe how visitors to Hurstville Museum & Gallery engage with this latest exhibition. Keep [...]

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 / 4 COMMENTS

  … 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 [...]