Five minutes with … Michelle Richmond

  What is your current position/area of historical interest? I work as a Public Historian in all sorts of places including, as you can see in this photo, Kandos, the gateway to the Wollemi National Park. I am currently employed as Historian and Senior Heritage Consultant for GML Heritage. What made you decide to … Read more

Eclectic history: five minutes with … Kate Matthew

  What made you decide to pursue a career in history? My grandmother did our family history when I was really young. She had stories about our family going back to the First Fleet.  I became fascinated with how we (me, my family, my community, humanity in general) got to where we are today, and … Read more

Five minutes with … Rosemary Kerr

  What is your area of historical interest? After working as a professional historian and heritage consultant since 1996, I completed my PhD at the University of Sydney in 2012. My thesis was titled ‘On “the Road”: A Cultural History’. It explored how roads beyond the urban and suburban setting have been imagined, experienced and … Read more

Droughts and flooding rains

Christine Yeats reports on the Royal Australian Historical Society’s June Day Lecture by Dick Whitaker, Chief Meteorologist with Sky News Weather in Australia. In his lecture, ‘Of Droughts and Flooding Rains – rainfall variability in Australia and its effect on our history’, Dick discussed the impact of Australia’s often extreme weather patterns on our history. … Read more