Great Strike of 1917 captured on film

  by Laila Ellmoos… The Great Strike of 1917 began on the NSW railways and tramways on 2 August 1917 in the midst of World War 1. The strike started when employees from Eveleigh Railway Workshops and Randwick Tramsheds walked off the job to protest against the introduction of a new way of monitoring worker … Read more

Sailing headlong into 2020: public historians and the 250th anniversary of James Cook

  ‚Ķ by Stephen Gapps Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the waters of considered debate about the commemoration of Australia‚Äôs colonial origins, along comes Captain Cook. Again. The famous navigator, once considered to embody the correct set of qualities inherited in modern Australia instead of Governor Phillip and those … Read more

Public history: exploring productive relationships with partner practitioners

  by Peter Hobbins… In recent years I have come to favour the term ‚Äėcommunity historians‚Äô, in part because it encompasses local, family and special-interest historians, alongside what we in medical history refer to as ‚Äėpractitioner‚Äô historians. Indeed, I‚Äôve begun experimenting with the phrase ‚Äėpartner practitioners‚Äô as an inclusive term for the variety of folks … Read more

The end of the war

  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 the Australia Republic … Read more

Keep in touch exhibition ‚Äď a curator‚Äôs perspective

  …by Birgit Heilmann I had a busy ‚ÄėI am away from my desk‚Äô 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 in touch takes … Read more

Five minutes with Alinde Bierhuizen

  …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 people: their … Read more

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

  …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‚Äôs leading Aboriginal curators and cultural strategists ‚Äď Ronald Briggs (Curator of Research and Discovery at State Library of NSW), ¬†Melissa Jackson (Indigenous Services Unit, … Read more

Navigating emotion: one facet of the historian’s job

  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 delicate task … Read more

The Sydney Wars 1788-1817: bringing together the sources

  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 arrival of the … Read more