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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 [...]

From schools to boardrooms: challenges in writing commissioned history

10 SEPTEMBER 2018 9:24 PM / 1 COMMENT

  … 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 [...]

The Sydney Wars 1788-1817: bringing together the sources

19 AUGUST 2018 11:08 AM / 2 COMMENTS

  Emma Dortins reviews Stephen Gapps, The Sydney Wars: conflict in the early colony 1788-1817, Sydney, NSW, NewSouth Publishing 2018. The Sydney Wars, as its title suggests, brings under a single conceptual umbrella the conflicts between Aboriginal peoples of the Cumberland Plain and the British colonists. It spans  thirty years from the [...]

Reflections on writing an ocean history

11 AUGUST 2018 6:28 PM / 0 COMMENTS

  by Dr Joy McCann, Visiting Fellow, School of History, Australian National University...  The central theme explored at the recent annual conference of the Australian Historical Association was ‘The Scale of History’. The organisers asked participants to consider how questions of scale—temporal, geographical, social, archival—influence their research. The theme resonated strongly with [...]

Social media and ‘saving’ specialist heritage

5 AUGUST 2018 9:53 AM / 2 COMMENTS

  by Peter Hobbins  ... I was a reluctant adopter of social media, and have in fact given presentations entitled ‘the sceptic’s guide to Twitter’. Since sending my first tweet in 2014 (https://twitter.com/history2wheeler), however, I’ve come to appreciate the platform’s value in sharing information, building networks and serendipitously encountering all manner of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]