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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 [...]

Five minutes with…Martina Muller

9 APRIL 2018 11:23 AM / 0 COMMENTS

  Martina Muller recently set up her own business, Storialines. Storialines provides historical research and interpretation services to the heritage sector, local councils and other clients in  Greater Sydney and New South Wales. Martina also works as a historian at a heritage consultancy firm in Sydney. What made you decide to pursue a career in [...]

Five minutes with Naomi Malone

15 MARCH 2018 3:19 PM / 2 COMMENTS

  ... Naomi Malone is a consulting historian, currently interested in Australian history and in doing oral history. She is also undertaking communications and events work for the PHA (NSW & ACT). What made you decide to pursue a career in history? I love history! The challenge of delving into the past to tell [...]

PHA NSW & ACT Public History Prize: enter now. It’s worth it!

10 FEBRUARY 2018 11:12 AM / 2 COMMENTS

  ... by Francesca Beddie and Minna Muhlen-Schulte, Public History Prize officer, who can be contacted at <prizeofficer.phanswact@gmail.com>. Last year ABC Radio National did a program about art prizes. Are they worth the effort? As the introduction to the discussion answered: They might prove welcome cash to impoverished artists but they dash the [...]

Refashioning history: my uncomfortable embrace of imagination

7 FEBRUARY 2018 9:55 AM / 4 COMMENTS

  ... by Peter Hobbins One of the great joys in writing history lies in making myself perennially uncomfortable. Nowhere is this more true than when employing that vexed verb ‘imagine’. I was trained as an empiricist. I have an honours degree in science, earned by killing multitudes of small creatures. It explains [...]