Newsletter 2 February 2023


HCSA 2023 Fellow
Introducing the HCSA 2023 Fellow Maggi Boult!
The HCSA and State Library of SA would like to congratulate Maggi on being selected as the 2023 Fellow.
Read her abstract and judges' citation here

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National Library's treasure Trove under threat from budget cuts
The National Library of Australia is facing a massive cut to its operating budget from July 2023. Without dedicated and sustainable long-term funding, Trove will cease to exist.
Read the Sydney Morning Herald article here.
The President of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies has written on the matter in their eBulletin.
ALIA has also compiled a list of resources to support advocacy for Trove here

There are also two ongoing petitions:
Petition EN4745 - Full Funding for Trove and the NLA
Petition EN4747 - Fully Fund Trove

Labour History Society SA
The society's next General Meeting will be held at 2.00pm on 19 February 2023, at the Box Factory.  At the meeting Dr. Anne Burger will speak on the subject 'Neoliberalism: The case of the 2011 Roxby Downs Indenture'.

The Society's Summer 2023 newsletter is also available now. Download and read it here (pdf).

Magill self-guided historical walk and historic Wesleyan Cemetery guide
Last year Burnside Historical Society completed brochures for two self-guided historical walks in the Magill area.

The Historic Self-guided Magill Walk covers some parts of both the City of Burnside and Campbelltown City Council around the Magill Village area and just beyond.
View the Magill walk map here (pdf).

The Historic Magill Wesleyan Cemetery Guide covers the heritage-listed cemetery.
View the Historic Magill Wesleyan Cemetery guide here (pdf).

These new walks are two parts in a series developed by Burnside Historical Society from the 1980s.
View the society's full collection of historical walks on their website here

SA Digihistory Update
Susan Marsden, Marsden Szwarcbord Foundation

The internet has serious gaps when it comes to history, missing many records and historical works of the late 20th century. This gap has driven our SA Digihistory project: since 2021 the Marsden Szwarcbord Foundation has worked with you and other researchers to identify a ‘top 50’ of significant South Australian history books that are out of print and not digitised. (We shortlisted around 60). Under Susan Marsden’s direction, a ‘Digihistory group’ has shortlisted your nominations, and discussed how to get them back into print as e-books to borrow or buy.

Geoff Strempel, Director of the State Library of South Australia (and a member of the group), has been working with staff on issues of copyright and digitisation. This week he’s given us the good news that the library can scan and produce e-books of eight titles (five out of copyright and 3 published by the Libraries Board). We hope to ‘launch’ them during the History Festival in May.

MSzF will make a donation towards the work needed to determine copyright, permissions, scanning and producing e-books of the remaining titles.

Related news: Susan Marsden’s first volume history of the South Australian Housing Trust, Business, charity and sentiment …1936-1986, has been re-published by Untapped in e-book format and now in hard copy. You can borrow the e-book (via Borrowbox in SA) or buy the book from Booktopia.
Click here to see the book's Booktopia listing.

A successful AGM was held on Wednesday 2 November 2022 at the Historian Hotel, Adelaide. There were around 30 attendees, a new General Committee was organised, and most of the Executive Committee members stayed on for another term. President Gillian Dooley gave an annual report which you can read here.

Stephen V. Graham also gave a fantastic presentation on his Wakefield Press Essay Prize winning paper, titled 'Open Doors: The Art of Charity in the Promised Land'. Many thanks to everyone involved, and here's to a productive year ahead!

Burnside Historical Society
At the General meeting on the 20th of February historian Skye Krichauff will be speaking on early relations between the Tarndanya people of the Adelaide Plains and European colonists, 1836-1840.
View the flyer for further information.

HCSA Regional Lecture Recap 2022
This year's HCSA regional lecture was co-hosted by Light Regional Council at the Kapunda Soldiers Memorial Hall on Wednesday 19 October 2022. The night was a huge success, many thanks to everyone involved, particularly Pepper Mickan (Light Regional Council), Elspeth Grant, Dr Gillian Dooley, our guests of honour the Premier's ANZAC Spirit School Prize 2021 winners, and our fantastic presenter Prof Melanie Oppenheimer.

Petition: Save the Historic and Heritage-Listed Thebarton Police Barracks
The State Government of South Australia has announced its intention to build a new Women's and Children's Hospital upon a site belonging to the Heritage-listed Thebarton Mounted Police Barracks - a complex of Historic buildings located alongside the Old Adelaide Gaol.
View and sign the petition here.
Read about the project on InDaily here

Lectures, exhibitions, and events

February Workshop: How to do an Oral History Interview
This workshop introduces participants to the practice and methods of doing an oral history interview. It also covers features to look for in professional digital audio recorders, and why they are important. 17 February 2023.
Further information and booking on the Oral History SA/NT website
You can also book via Eventbrite here

Copper Coast Cornish Festival Kernewek Lowender
Being held May 15-21 in Kadina, Moonta, and Wallaroo.
Visit the website here.

Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine Conference 2023
To be held in Adelaide, 12-15 July 2023.
Further information on the flyer here.
See their website here.

Book releases

Trusted: children and Aspirin, a deadly dance of science, business, and politics by Karen Starko
Trusted is a non-fiction, memoir-expose of Karen Starko's discovery of aspirin as the cause of Reye's syndrome, a devastating and mysterious illness that struck down thousands of perfectly healthy children.
Further information and purchase via Wakefield press.

Calls for papers

Forced Migration: Exiles and Refugees in the UK and British Empire, 1810s - 1940s
This volume focuses on the movement and settlement of political exiles and refugees from various parts of the world (including from the British Empire) in the UK and the wider British Empire from the 1810s to the 1940s, before the establishment of the United Nations Refugee Convention in 1951. Abstracts due 13 February 2023.
Further information on H-net


Historical Society of South Australia Grants
Applications for HSSA grants towards researching, publishing or otherwise promoting history are now open for 2023 and close on 31 March 2023. Successful applicants will be notified in May 2023. Assistance is given to historians, tertiary post-graduate students, local historians and museums, and school teachers and others. For further details and a downloadable application form, please go to the HSSA website  here.

Friends of South Australia's Archives Jack Cross Fellowships
Awarded annually to small history projects or to support students of South Australian history, who are pursuing a dedicated program of historical research in archives and history, with a focus in the use of South Australian archival resources. Applications due 31 March 2023
Further information here.

Biennial Australian Maritime History Awards
Sponsored jointly by the Australian Association for Maritime History and the Australian National Maritime Museum, there are two awards being offered:

The 2023 Frank Boeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize
To be awarded for a non-fiction book treating any aspect of maritime history relating to or affecting Australia, written or co-authored by an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and published between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2022.
Download the nomination form here.

The 2023 Australian Community Maritime History Prize
To be awarded to a regional or local museum or historical society for a publication (book, booklet, educational resource kit, DVD, film or other print or digital media, including websites, databases and oral histories) relating to an aspect of maritime history of that region or community, and published between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2022.
Download the nomination form here.

Nominations for both close 30 March 2023

Further information and criteria for both awards available here.

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