Five minutes with … Frank Heimans

Frank Heimans is an oral historian, filmmaker and managing director of Cinetel Productions What made you decide to pursue a career in history? I started off in documentary filmmaking as a writer, director and editor. Later I became a producer and have made 53 television documentaries. It’s hard to avoid history when you are making … Read more

Back to the Packers

by Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley, Centre for Media History, Macquarie University. Since Kerry Packer’s death on Boxing Day, 2005, his family, and that of the Murdochs, have been ripe for nostalgic embrace. Three dramatic mini-series focused on the Packer empire: Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo (on the ABC in 2011), Howzat! The Kerry Packer War … Read more

Professional Historian Wins Major Literary Award

Professional historian, Clare Wright, has won the 2014 Stella Prize for women’s writing. Selected from a strong shortlist which included both fiction and non-fiction, Wright won $50,000 for her history of the Ballarat goldfields, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka. In her citation, Kerryn Goldsworthy, chair of the 2014 Stella Prize judging panel, said: A rare … Read more