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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Five minutes with Anisa Puri

4 OCTOBER 2016 5:08 PM / 3 COMMENTS

  Anisa Puri has worked mainly in oral history, heritage interpretation and project management. She is President of Oral History NSW, and managed the Australian Generations Oral History Project from 2012-2015. She is currently working as a historian at a heritage consulting firm and is also involved in the HIV/AIDS Volunteers [...]

Histories of the Red Cross

25 SEPTEMBER 2016 4:00 PM / 2 COMMENTS

  Ian Willis reports The Australian Red Cross Society is part of one of the world’s most important humanitarian organisations. It has provided relief in times of crisis for 100 years. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement has seven guiding principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. [...]

Historians communing: part two

20 SEPTEMBER 2016 12:23 PM / 3 COMMENTS

  by Laila Ellmoos ... A few weeks ago, I reflected on the 2016 AHA conference. This week my focus is on the Working History conference (#WHpha2016) organised by PHA (Vic) with support from Professional Historians Australia. The conference was held over two full days (19-20 August 2016) at the Graduate School [...]

Blainey on history making

31 AUGUST 2016 3:59 PM / 2 COMMENTS

  by Francesca Beddie, blog editor... In his discussion of historians and their craft, Tom Griffiths (The Art of Time Travel, 2016) describes Geoffrey Blainey* as magpie. It is a metaphor Blainey has also used for his research. Griffiths explains: Blainey prods the earth inquisitively, feeds quirkily…he scavenges bright details and oddments that [...]

Historians communing: part one

25 AUGUST 2016 11:53 AM / 3 COMMENTS

  In the next two blog posts, Laila Ellmoos reflects on two conferences held in Victoria in 2016: the Australian Historical Association (AHA) conference in Ballarat and the Working History conference in Melbourne, organised by the Professional Historians Association (Victoria) (PHA Vic). This year the annual conference of the AHA was held [...]

Misery and indifference: German refugees post-World War II and refugees now

30 JULY 2016 2:39 PM / 3 COMMENTS

  ... While doing research on occupied Germany after the Second World War, Christine de Matos came across material that should be considered as we confront today’s refugee flows. In November 1948, a British woman named Mary Sutherland made an official tour of the British zone of occupation in post-war Germany. Sutherland’s area [...]