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What the history of Australia Day can tell us about the date

20 JANUARY 2018 6:02 PM / 1 COMMENT

  ...  Before we talk about the best date for our national day, let’s get a better understanding of its history and what it means to all our citizens and what we want to commemorate. Ebony Bennett, Deputy Director of the Australia Institute, observed when launching the institute’s December 2017 poll on Australia [...]

Deep time and public history

2 DECEMBER 2017 5:06 PM / 4 COMMENTS

  ...by Stephen Gapps Recently there have been calls for historians to consider ways of writing ‘deep time’ into Australian history. These include pleas to write more interdisciplinary history, especially to work with archaeologists dealing with the long Australian human past prior to colonisation. We now have a Deep History Research [...]

Shaping Aboriginal History

1 NOVEMBER 2017 9:39 AM / 0 COMMENTS

  …Emma Dortins reports on the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal History journal founded in 1977. On Friday 27 October, a birthday celebration was held at the Australian National University (ANU), where  Aboriginal History was born and has been based ever since. Ngambri-Ngunnawal elder, Matilda House, welcomed us to Country. Several founding editorial [...]

History tourism

23 SEPTEMBER 2017 12:36 AM / 6 COMMENTS

  Berlin wears its history on its sleeve. Its reputation as the seat of Hitler’s Third Reich and pivotal position during the Cold War, then the collapse of the divide between east and west, make that inevitable. But the modern German state has propelled history further into the public eye, in [...]

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 / 14 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Political Amnesia

16 DECEMBER 2015 9:29 PM / 3 COMMENTS

  ... Francesca Beddie reviews Laura Tingle's Quarterly Essay. In Political Amnesia How we forgot to govern Tingle uses the words 'memory' and 'history' interchangeably. This is a pity for the two are not the same. She herself acknowledges that ‘as time goes by, the memories tend to over-glorify the past, and under-comprehend how [...]