‘Christmas Food and Feasting, A History’

…by 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 Feasting PHA NSW member Dr … Read more

Who do you think you are?

… 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 greeted by … Read more

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

  …by Pauline Curby Rosemary Kerr‚Äôs 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 finally to this … Read more

Current Research Notes: Going to London

  ‚ĶIan 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 it, was a … Read more

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

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

Army, empire, natural history and a forgotten couple

  by Brian Walsh¬†… I would like to reflect on some of the challenges I faced while writing my recently published book, William and Elizabeth Paterson ‚Äď the Edge of Empire. The book is a dual biography of a couple largely forgotten in Australian history. Its scope includes William’s natural history excursions in southern Africa … Read more

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is 40!

  Nicole Cama talks about the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. (The following is an edited article, which first appeared on The Dictionary of Sydney website. It accompanies a podcast of Nicole talking to Nic Healy from 2SER Breakfast.) The first¬†Mardi Gras parade in Sydney was held on 24 June … Read more

History Matrix

  …In this occasional series about members‚Äô blogs, we introduce HistoryMatrix, the electronic journal of Dr Bruce Baskerville. Bruce maintains four blogs ‚Äď HistoryMatrix is the ‚Äėhistory‚Äô blog; mrbbaskerville is the place he opines; ¬†Sepia Green is a blog for reviews; and, Green Plaques is a grant project to create an archive of commemorative plaques … Read more

Recovering Landscapes

  ‚Ķ by Sue Castrique, author of¬†One Small World: The History of the Addison Road Community Centre. Some PHA members may recognise the photographs that make up this panorama. They were once identified as being in Kensington; the tall building thought to be the¬†Old Tote Theatre. They are, however, the Addison Road army depot in … Read more