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‘Christmas Food and Feasting, A History’

16 JULY 2019 4:22 PM / 1 COMMENT Minna Muhlen-Schulte In the Antipodes Christmas in July has become a mid-year winter tradition to indulge the food and booze we normally enjoy at the end of the year. What is the historical lineage behind turkeys, puddings, mince pies and mulled wine? In her new book Christmas Food and [...]

Who do you think you are?

23 JUNE 2019 2:21 PM / 4 COMMENTS

... by Michael Bennett I really should have had a haircut! After being asked half way through last year to appear on the Casey Donovan episode of SBS's Who Do You Think You Are, I naturally began thinking about how TV shows are made. I imagined rocking up to the set to be [...]

Five minutes with…Kylie Andrews

20 JUNE 2019 1:05 PM / 1 COMMENT

Introducing our new PHA NSW and ACT member, Kylie Andrews What made you decide to pursue a career in history?I’ve always had an interest in history and biography, but I think it was when I began to research histories of adoption, as I pursued my own family story, that I began [...]

Intermarriage in colonial Singapore

4 JUNE 2019 5:00 PM / 1 COMMENT Dr Marc Rerceretnam, principal researcher, Yesteryear Heritage Researchers The year 2019 is historically significant in Singapore. It marks the bicentenary of the founding of a modern trading outpost on the island. Although evidence of strong commercial activity goes back as far as the 14th century, by 1819 the island had [...]

A special book launch: Rosemary Kerr’s history of the road trip

21 MAY 2019 12:08 PM / 6 COMMENTS Pauline Curby Rosemary Kerr’s long-awaited road trip book was launched at Gleebooks on Glebe Point Road on the evening of 17 May. Chaired with competent professionalism by friend and colleague Dr Emma Dortins, this launch marked the culmination of years of research and writing, leading to a PhD thesis and [...]

Current Research Notes: Going to London

1 MAY 2019 10:42 PM / 2 COMMENTS

  …Ian Willis is preparing papers for two conferences: the 2019 Australian Historical Association conference and the 2019 Redefining Australia and New Zealand at the University of Warsaw Thousands of young single Australian-born women travelled to London and beyond from the mid-to-late 19th century.  This pilgrimage, as historian Angela Woollacott has called [...]

After the war: what next?

20 APRIL 2019 12:41 PM / 3 COMMENTS

  ... by Francesca Beddie What could be more apt after the four years of WWI commemoration than the question posed at Professional Historians New Zealand’s fifth conference in its twenty-five-year history — After the war: what’s next? And the answer: well, yes, more war history but also more diversity in whose [...]

The Lives of Stories

8 APRIL 2019 12:13 PM / 3 COMMENTS Francesca Beddie Gleebooks sold all their copies of Emma Dortins’ book, The Lives of Stories, three Aboriginal-settler friendships at the launch on 4 April. Sales were going well even before Mark McKenna’s introduction to the work and the conversation between him and Emma. Both these rightly stimulated further demand. I [...]

Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra – public parklands being traded for apartments

1 APRIL 2019 9:56 AM / 4 COMMENTS

  ... by Anne Claoue-Long Historians like time. It is central to our business. Heritage landscapes, be they natural or created by humans, are forged by the passage of time. Historians can read that effect in the physical landscape just as they can read a book. Canberra is a famous example of a [...]

Spartacus – bodies moving through the past

4 MARCH 2019 3:55 PM / 0 COMMENTS

  by Christine de Matos... Is it possible for historians to engage with dance as an historical “text”? In late 2018, The Australian Ballet performed its latest incarnation of Spartacus in Melbourne and Sydney. The ballet is based on a real historical figure from the Third Servile War (73–71BCE) who has long worn [...]