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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 [...]

Creating a wartime record

16 JULY 2018 6:58 PM / 2 COMMENTS

  ... Ian Willis reports on the First World War Studies 2018 Conference Deakin University in Melbourne was the venue for a conference that examined the ‘Recording, Narrating and Archiving the First World War’ for the International Society for First World War Studies. This was the first time this interdisciplinary conference has been held [...]

Dangerous Oral Histories

10 JULY 2018 9:46 AM / 1 COMMENT

  ...by Minna Muhlen Schulte What are the ethical ramifications of interviewing a former paramilitary or a victim of violence? Can the work of historians contribute to truth and reconciliation or a transitional peace process? What is the role of a historian in documenting trauma and should you share this testimony? What [...]

PHA NSW/ACT at the Australian Historical Association Conference

2 JULY 2018 2:49 PM / 0 COMMENTS

Historians from all over Australia and beyond are in Canberra this week for the annual Australian Historical Association conference. Hosted by the Australian National University, the theme of this year’s conference is ‘the scale of history’. This year organisers had to close conference registrations nearly two weeks before the start of [...]

Army, empire, natural history and a forgotten couple

20 JUNE 2018 9:09 AM / 1 COMMENT

  by Brian Walsh ... I would like to reflect on some of the challenges I faced while writing my recently published book, William and Elizabeth Paterson – the Edge of Empire. The book is a dual biography of a couple largely forgotten in Australian history. Its scope includes William's natural history excursions [...]

Five minutes with Nicole Cama

4 JUNE 2018 2:19 PM / 1 COMMENT

  ...Nicole Cama is PHA NSW and ACT's Deputy Chair & Treasurer. Until recently, she was the Executive Officer of the History Council of NSW. Her area of historical interest is the history of Sydney. You can see examples of her work at http://nicolecama.com.au/ What made you decide to pursue a career in history? I’ve had a passion [...]

Karl Marx two hundred years on

21 MAY 2018 12:33 AM / 0 COMMENTS

  ... Francesca Beddie visits Trier The bicentenary of Karl Marx’s birth is being celebrated with gusto in the town where he was born on 5 May 1818. Trier is festooned with his portrait, the one taken in 1875 of the white haired, woolly bearded man we have come to know as [...]

On your bike: the history of cycling in Sydney

7 MAY 2018 1:14 PM / 0 COMMENTS

  ... by Marc Rerceretnam Social sports have always brought life to public spaces and our cities. For many people, sport is a crucial way to develop and maintain a sense of belonging. Sporting activities have also helped socialise communities. In a similar way, sporting clubs have traditionally been a positive force for [...]

Anzac Day 2018: the final year of the WWI centenary commemorations

19 APRIL 2018 5:37 PM / 2 COMMENTS

  ... by Francesca Beddie 'War commemoration is now a modern industry tied to family, nation and the emotional life, and Villers-Bretonneux is a measure of its cosmopolitanism. Small parts of the world belong to Australia by dint of commemorative grant, by blood, by graveyards.' So writes The Australian’s editor-at-large Paul Kelly ahead of [...]