Newsletter 10 November 2022


HCSA Fellowship 2023: Applications now open
The HCSA Fellowship provides support for all Australians researching and writing in an area of South Australian history. The HCSA Fellowship was launched on 21 August 2020 in association with the State Library of South Australia and through the generous support of donors, including the Marsden Szwarcbord Foundation. Applications close 30 November.

Submissions may be made by email to [email protected]

See more here, including the Fellowship Application 

State Records SA Draft Strategic Plan 2023-2026
The draft strategic plan is now out for consultation, submissions are open until 9 December 2022.
You can view the draft and provide feedback via the YourSAy consultation page here.

How the Overland Telegraph changed Journalism in South Australia
The ability to receive almost instantaneous news from the other side of the globe and print it in the morning paper changed journalism.
Read the story on the State Library of South Australia website.

Burnside Historical Society
At the General Meeting on the 21st of November 2022, Dr. Susan Marsden will be speaking on the people in Charles Hill's Painting of Proclamation Day, Glenelg 1836.
View the flyer for further information.

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, 1863-1840.
View the flyer for further information.

SA Heritage Council: Heritage News October 2022
The October edition of Heritage News is now available. Included are details about the Heritage Friday Forum on 2 December about the archaeological findings at the West End Brewery site.
View the newsletter (pdf)

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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.
Photos and a recap can be viewed on our website here.
A video of the lecture will be available soon.

'Ships of the Desert': Broken Hill pays tribute to cameleers who forged paths through outback Australia
Recently, Historians and descendants gathered in Broken Hill to celebrate and remember the cameleers who brought vital supplies to inland Australia.
Read the article on SBS here.

Agora: Contested Histories
The latest edition of the History Teachers' Association of Victoria's Agora is now available. Articles discuss how to conduct classroom discussions of contested histories that are inclusive rather than adversarial, how a school decolonised its library, how the 'White Australia' policy was contested in public debate at the time, and many other topics.
Further information and purchase here.


Planning System Implementation Review Update
On Monday 17 October 2022, the Planning System Implementation Review's Expert Panel released three discussion papers, and registrations opened for a series of engagement workshops. The workshops and papers are available on the website here.

The panel remains open to receiving general submissions on issues pertaining to the review. Submissions close on Friday 16 December 2022. Submissions can be sent the following ways:

  • Via email: [email protected]
  • Via post: Attention: Expert Panel, GPO Box 1815, Adelaide SA 5001
  • Via phone: 08 7133 3222

History Trust SA interim relocation
As of 7 October, the History Trust of South Australia has concluded its last business day at the Torrens Parade Ground.
Effective Monday 17 October, the interim headquarters for the History Trust will be at Level 12, 77 Grenfell Street while they explore options for longer-term headquarters.

Draft Information Governance Guideline and Self-assessment Tool
State Records SA is updating their Information Management policies for South Australian government agencies. In 2019 the Information Management Strategy 2019-2022 and the Information Management Standard were published, and since that time several new supporting standards have been developed.
They are seeking feedback about their draft:
Information Governance Guideline (pdf)
Self assessment tool (download)

Comments can be provided to [email protected]
Public consultation will close on COB Monday 5 December 2022.

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

IFLA Survey: Value of Heritage and Special Collections
The Rare Book and Special Collections Section of the International Federation of Library Associations has launched a short and anonymous survey to investigate what standards, norms, practices, laws, and research exist around the world to measure the different values of heritage and Special Collections. This is with a view to draft and publish a report that can be a guide to cultural heritage institutions.
Get further information and complete the survey here.

HCSA Membership Renewal
We at the History Council of South Australia would like to thank you for your support during the last year. You can renew your membership for the 2022-2023 financial year on our website here.

Lectures, exhibitions, and events

Commemoration at St. Peter's Cathedral
An historic event in our time. Thirty years ago, on 5 December 1992, five women were ordained priests in St Peter’s Cathedral. The event was only the second time women had been ordained priests in the Australian Church and came after a long, bitter controversy. A celebration is being held in the cathedral on Sunday, 4 December at 6pm. A new commissioned anthem by a local composer will be sung. A commemorative publication will be launched and a virtual exhibition of photographs opened. The Advertiser is running a feature article in its Boomer section on 14 November after the 1992 ordination. All are welcome at this special occasion.
Further information from [email protected]

Rocking the Foundations: free film screening and Q&A
Rocking the Foundations is a historical account of the Green bans introduced by the NSW Builder's Labourer's Federation in the 1970s in response to community demand to preserve inner-Sydney parkland and historic buildings.
28 November, 5.30pm - 8.00pm, TAFE lecture theatre, 120 Currie street, Adelaide.
Further information and registration via Eventbrite.
View the event flyer here.

Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage Month and the Smithsonian is celebrating with art, events, and online exhibitions throughout the month.

Pondering Pocohontas with Paul Chaat Smith
Pocohontas is a Native American heroine, so why is she dressed like European royalty in her painting at the national portrait gallery? In this podcast, curator and author Paul Chaat Smith separates out what we know and what we think we know about this iconic figure.
Listen to the podcast here.

Native Words, Native Warriors: The Code talkers of World Wars I and II
This online exhibition by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian is about the hundreds of American Indians who utilised their native languages to subvert the enemy.
View the exhibition and collection here. 

Online Exhibitions
The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian has compiled a list of online exhibitions on their website.
View the list here.

Live and Learn: The Mayor's Ball of 1897
Part of the new series by the State Library of South Australia. This event will feature a slideshow of collection items setting the scene for the ball, pianist and historian Ben Nicholls talking about the music, and costume historian Sandy Whitelaw talking about the clothing of the era.
15 November, 11am - 12,30pm, Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building.
Further information and bookings via the State Library website.

Book releases

Book launch: The Defiant Anti-Conscriptionist: The Curious Life of E.H. Coombe by Helen Hennessy and Patricia Booth
Sunday 27 November, 2pm - 3.30pm. Gawler Civic Centre. Please RSVP by 21 November.
Read the media release here (pdf).
See the event flyer for further information (pdf).

Secrets of Dulwich and its nearby surroundings, by Polly Dundon
The product of a two-year research process, this book offers readers a detailed and captivating look into the depths of the suburb's rich history.
Get your copy for $40 via email at [email protected] or calling 0435 246 448


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.
Further information on H-net

HERITAGES: Past and Present - Built and Social
What we mean by heritage today is an open and diverse question. This conference seeks papers on heritage from various standpoints: art and architecture historians concerned with preservation; architects and urban planners engaged with placemaking; cultural theorists and social historians documenting objects, places, people and events. Abstracts due 25 November 2022. Prague, Czech Republic. Live presentations via Zoom welcome.
Further information on the conference website.

Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia (JHSSA) 2023
Submissions for the 2023 edition should be forwarded to the editor, Dr Carolyn Collins, at carolyn.coll[email protected] by 1 March 2023.
The JHSSA publishes original articles on South Australia’s history, as well as book reviews.


PhD Scholarships at the Australian Catholic University
For projects exploring the histories and legacies of the Dutch East India Company in the Indian Ocean World. Applications close 27 November 2022.
Further information on H-net

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.

Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia: Editor needed for 2023
There is an active Journal committee. The Editor receives a fee from the Historical Society of South Australia.
For further information, contact through their website

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