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Are we there yet? Welcome to the summer holidays!

18 DECEMBER 2018 2:25 PM / 1 COMMENT

  by Rosemary Kerr... As the summer holiday season approaches, many Australians are preparing to take to the road – catching up with family and friends over the Christmas period; heading up or down the coast for some rest and relaxation; revisiting favourite spots or exploring new places off the beaten track. [...]

Public history: exploring productive relationships with partner practitioners

20 NOVEMBER 2018 10:17 AM / 5 COMMENTS

  by Peter Hobbins... In recent years I have come to favour the term ‘community historians’, in part because it encompasses local, family and special-interest historians, alongside what we in medical history refer to as ‘practitioner’ historians. Indeed, I’ve begun experimenting with the phrase ‘partner practitioners’ as an inclusive term for the [...]

The end of the war

9 NOVEMBER 2018 5:14 PM / 0 COMMENTS

  by Francesca Beddie... As we approach the finale of the centenary of WWI, an organisation set up in 2013 to promote a balanced consideration of Australian history celebrated its fifth anniversary. The Honest History symposium attracted some big names: Paul Daley, journalist and writer; Clare Wright, historian Michael Cooney CEO of [...]

Keep in touch exhibition – a curator’s perspective

30 OCTOBER 2018 9:44 AM / 0 COMMENTS

  ...by Birgit Heilmann I had a busy ‘I am away from my desk’ week in mid-October, installing my new exhibition Keep in touch. After more than one year in the making, I can now sit back and observe how visitors to Hurstville Museum & Gallery engage with this latest exhibition. Keep [...]

Five minutes with Alinde Bierhuizen

15 OCTOBER 2018 10:42 AM / 0 COMMENTS

  ...Alinde Bierhuizen is the newest member of the PHA NSW & ACT committee and its new Secretary. She moved from her home country, the Netherlands, to Sydney last year and currently works as a freelance historian. What made you decide to pursue a career in history? I have always been interested in [...]

Whose story is it? Indigenous practitioners talk about writing and curating history

25 SEPTEMBER 2018 10:20 AM / 1 COMMENT

  ...by Minna Muhlen-Schulte, who chaired a panel on Indigenous history making at the recent PHA national conference, Marking Time. PHANSW was proud to present a panel by some of Sydney’s leading Aboriginal curators and cultural strategists – Ronald Briggs (Curator of Research and Discovery at State Library of NSW),  Melissa Jackson [...]

From schools to boardrooms: challenges in writing commissioned history

10 SEPTEMBER 2018 9:24 PM / 4 COMMENTS

  … In her paper at the 2018 PHA Conference, Kate Blake of Worthington Clark compared two milestone histories that she had worked. The first project was a 50-year history of Australian company, Equifax. Established in 1967 as the Credit Reference Association, the company’s life has so far encompassed eight iterations, including two floats [...]

Navigating emotion: one facet of the historian’s job

2 SEPTEMBER 2018 4:29 PM / 1 COMMENT

  by Francesca Beddie... Presenters at the 2018 PHA conference, Marking Time, (Sydney, 30-31 August 2018) embraced its many-faceted topic with insight and sensitivity. They provided us all with much to ponder about the role of public historians in recording the history of people, places and organisations. One theme to emerge was the [...]

The Sydney Wars 1788-1817: bringing together the sources

19 AUGUST 2018 11:08 AM / 2 COMMENTS

  Emma Dortins reviews Stephen Gapps, The Sydney Wars: conflict in the early colony 1788-1817, Sydney, NSW, NewSouth Publishing 2018. The Sydney Wars, as its title suggests, brings under a single conceptual umbrella the conflicts between Aboriginal peoples of the Cumberland Plain and the British colonists. It spans  thirty years from the [...]

Reflections on writing an ocean history

11 AUGUST 2018 6:28 PM / 0 COMMENTS

  by Dr Joy McCann, Visiting Fellow, School of History, Australian National University...  The central theme explored at the recent annual conference of the Australian Historical Association was ‘The Scale of History’. The organisers asked participants to consider how questions of scale—temporal, geographical, social, archival—influence their research. The theme resonated strongly with [...]