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Oral history in a global world

16 SEPTEMBER 2017 6:09 PM / 0 COMMENTS

  This week (13 to 16 September 2017) Oral History NSW hosted the 2017 Oral History Australia conference. Minna Muhlen-Schulte provides a snapshot. Moving memories: oral history in a global world presented an exciting, challenging and moving survey of the impacts of oral history. The conference also covered new directions shaping the [...]

Rebalancing the memorial landscape

26 AUGUST 2017 2:45 AM / 13 COMMENTS

  Minna Muhlen-Schulte reflects on the current debate about statues. As the removal of Confederate statues increases in the wake of Charlottesville, the questions proliferate about public history, the politics of commemoration and our role as professional historians in these debates. What happens when the meaning of a memorial or statue shifts [...]

Colonial Frontier Massacres: mapping new forms of history

21 AUGUST 2017 5:02 PM / 0 COMMENTS

  Jennifer Debenham discusses the website, Colonial Frontier Massacres in Eastern Australia 1788-1872, which was formally launched at the annual Australian Historical Association’s conference in July by Indigenous Senior Lecturer, Dr Stephanie Gilbert, from the University of Newcastle's Wollotuka Institute. The launch session was introduced by project leader, Professor Lyndall Ryan. Dr [...]

Modernist designers in Sydney: Eva Buhrich

15 AUGUST 2017 5:03 PM / 0 COMMENTS

  Sydney Living Museums' exhibition at the Museum of Sydney, The Moderns: European Designers in Sydney comes at a time when the city’s built environment and architectural heritage are very much in the spotlight.  Nicole Cama takes a look at one of those designers, Eva Buhrich. From the 1930s to the 1960s, a number [...]

AHA 2017: PHA NSW & ACT member contributions

26 JULY 2017 5:37 PM / 1 COMMENT

  ... by Mark Dunn, Chair, PHA NSW & ACT This year the 36th Annual Australian Historical Association (AHA) Conference was held in Newcastle. Out of over 300 delegates giving papers, at least 18 PHA NSW & ACT members were present and presenting. This was great to see and represents the largest [...]

2016 Public History Prize

21 JULY 2017 7:04 PM / 0 COMMENTS

  The Public History Prize seeks to encourage historical practice that is applied to real world issues. It invites entries from undergraduate, graduate diploma and master students in NSW and the ACT , which demonstrate excellence in writing or other media, and the ability to interpret the past in a contextual [...]

Allegiances beyond Borders: South Australia’s journey from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor

10 JULY 2017 6:36 PM / 1 COMMENT

  Bruce Baskerville gives a taste of his paper at the recent Australian Historical Association conference in Newcastle. The presentation was based on part of chapter three in his 80,000 word PhD thesis, so giving just a 20-minute talk was a challenge. As one speaker at the conference noted ‘constraint is enabling’, in [...]

Five minutes with Iain Stuart

19 JUNE 2017 5:58 PM / 0 COMMENTS

  … a heritage consultant at JCIS Consultants. My work focuses on the east coast of Australia. In my practice, I am never sure whether I am a historian, archaeologist or a geographer and often I think I am all at the one time. Certainly, my research interests are not confined to [...]

Sydney’s Hidden Aboriginal Past

27 MAY 2017 2:19 PM / 0 COMMENTS

  By Paul Irish, whose book Hidden In Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney (2017) is out now, published by NewSouth Publishing. We all recognise the Sydney Opera House. Many of us also know that it is built on a point named after early colonial Aboriginal identity Bennelong, who lived [...]

Taking to the Streets: The Great Strike of 1917

12 MAY 2017 5:11 PM / 0 COMMENTS

  ‘History is not a single story’, writes Larissa Behrendt in the recently published The Honest History Book, whose main aim is to counter what it sees as Anzackery or the inflation of the Anzac myth over other aspects of Australia’s past. Professional historians have much to contribute to uncovering the multitude [...]