Vale Dr James Semple (Jim) Kerr

by Bruce Baskerville, PHA NSW & ACT Chair.   The death of Jim Kerr on 15 October 2014 has received less attention in the mainstream media than that of Gough Whitlam, but for anyone working in cultural heritage his passing was the passing of a giant. Jim Kerr will have been known personally to many … Read more

Vale EG (Gough) Whitlam

by Bruce Baskerville, PHA NSW & ACT Chair. The death of Gough Whitlam on 21 October, Prime Minister between 2 December 1972 and 11 November 1975, has been marked by many obituaries and reminiscences in the media. Fine words have been printed and spoken, far finer than anything I can draw together. ¬† So, I … Read more

Threats to Libraries

PHA member and librarian, Diana Wyndham, alerts us to the continuing threats to libraries, recalling that¬†protests helped to reduce the cutbacks which were initially planned for Sydney‚Äôs Mitchell Library and which now threaten the¬†staff and books at Sydney University‚Äôs Fisher Library. David Malouf and Bob Ellis spoke at a rally in front of Fisher on … Read more

Sydney Beaches: A History

  It’s spring! Time to dust off our togs, thongs, hats and all the things that make us comfortable at the beach. This year, beach-going historians will have the perfect reading material. PHA (NSW) member Caroline Ford’s new book has just come out – Sydney Beaches: A History. Caroline offers her reader a fascinating analysis … Read more

Fixed or Flexible?

Bruce Baskerville, PHA NSW & ACT Chair, posts some ideas about pathways between Professional, Associate and Graduate membership of the association. I flagged the question of pathways between different levels of membership in the PHA NSW/ACT in my annual report. Now, I would like to encourage more discussion among members to assist the committee in … Read more