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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 [...]

Happy New Year

1 JANUARY 2018 3:41 PM / 0 COMMENTS

  Thank you to all those who contributed to the PHA NSW & ACT blog in 2017. The year's 25 posts covered: Aboriginal history surprising resources for historical use such as knitting and the Botanical Gardens issues in the practice of history, history tourism and memorialisation (this post received more comments than [...]

Allegiances beyond Borders: South Australia’s journey from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor

10 JULY 2017 6:36 PM / 1 COMMENT

  Bruce Baskerville gives a taste of his paper at the recent Australian Historical Association conference in Newcastle. The presentation was based on part of chapter three in his 80,000 word PhD thesis, so giving just a 20-minute talk was a challenge. As one speaker at the conference noted ‘constraint is enabling’, in [...]

Sacrifice: Rayner Hoff and Anzac Day

20 APRIL 2017 9:32 PM / 2 COMMENTS

  by Deborah Beck Exactly one hundred years ago, Rayner Hoff was in France, serving in the British Army in the Great War. Eighty years ago, in 1937, he died in Australia, aged 42, at the height of his career as a respected and accomplished sculptor. As the Anzac Commemoration Service takes place [...]

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 [...]