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‘Christmas Food and Feasting, A History’

16 JULY 2019 4:22 PM / 1 COMMENT

...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 [...]

Intermarriage in colonial Singapore

4 JUNE 2019 5:00 PM / 1 COMMENT

  ...by 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 [...]

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

  ...by 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 [...]

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

4 FEBRUARY 2019 4:23 PM / 5 COMMENTS

  … by Stephen Gapps Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the waters of considered debate about the commemoration of Australia’s 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]