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Five Minutes With…Rebecca Gross

Five Minutes With…Rebecca Gross

30 MARCH 2017 10:38 AM / 1 COMMENT

  Rebecca is a historian of design. She works as a freelance writer specialising in architecture, design and history, preferably writing about all three together. What made you decide to pursue a career in history? I previously worked in marketing. After 12 years I needed a change. I didn’t know what that change [...]

Embracing ghosts? Local history, shared heritage and ‘dark tourism’

19 MARCH 2017 7:05 PM / 2 COMMENTS

  by Peter Hobbins... “Where are the bodies buried?” For historians, who are not prone to excavation – or to desecrating graves – this seems an inappropriate question. Yet it’s one of the most common queries raised during the many public tours and talks that I’ve given on Sydney’s former Quarantine Station at [...]

Five minutes with Naomi Parry

10 MARCH 2017 11:34 AM / 0 COMMENTS

  ... a freelance historian, heritage consultant and editor who loves working on community histories. Naomi's current area of interest is the life and milieu of Musquito, who was exiled from NSW in 1805 and hanged in Tasmania as a bushranger in 1825. What made you decide to pursue a career in history? I [...]

Knitting as an historical – and activist – source

27 FEBRUARY 2017 9:09 AM / 2 COMMENTS

  Sue Castrique explains... Some of the surprising users of the National Library of Australia's Trove are knitters. In 2012, Rose Holley at the NLA noticed that, while the most popular searches were for births, deaths, marriages and murders, there was a strong trend for knitting patterns. For a while, ‘knitting pattern’ and [...]

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 [...]