Newsletter 13 September 2022


Call for Interest: HCSA 20 Year Anniversary Book Project

Dear HCSA members, 2023 marks 20 years of the HCSA, and you are invited to express interest in contributing to a commemorative anniversary book. Submissions will be short pieces (up to 600 words + 1 image) that showcase a unique aspect of South Australian history. If you are interested in participating, please send your name, contact details and a brief description (1-2 sentences) of what you or your organisation may wish to contribute by 30 September 2022. Please also make sure you are a current financial member of the HCSA.

Notification of papers’ acceptance will be sent out in November 2022, and first drafts will be expected by February 2023.

Additionally, we are also looking for experienced prospective editors to volunteer to join our book sub-committee. If you are interested, please send through a brief description of your editing/publishing experience, and how much time you can offer to the project.

All expressions of interest or questions can be directed to our secretary: [email protected]

The HCSA Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 2 November 2022, 6.00 pm at Historian Hotel, Coromandel Place, Adelaide, for a 6.30 start.

The night will include a talk to be given by Wakefield Press Essay Prize winner Stephen V Graham on his paper ‘Open Doors: The Art of Charity in the Promised Land’.

Please make sure you membership is up to date beforehand, you can renew here.

Please book at Eventbrite here.

Further information here (pdf)

All are welcome.

HCSA Annual Regional Lecture
Save the date for the HCSA Annual Regional Lecture, 'Vivian Bullwinkel and the Bangka Island Massacre: 80 Years On' by Prof. Melanie Oppenheimer at Kapunda on 19 October.
View the event flyer here.
Further information and registration through Eventbrite

HCSA Annual Regional Lecture
Save the date for the HCSA Annual Regional Lecture, 'Vivian Bullwinkel and the Bangka Island Massacre: 80 Years On' by Prof. Melanie Oppenheimer at Kapunda on 19 October.
View the event flyer here.
Further information and registration through Eventbrite


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.

Open Letter to the Premier Re: Planning Review
Professor Warren Jones AO, Convenor of the Protect our Heritage Alliance (POHA), is preparing an open letter to the Premier on the new Expert Panel's review of the Planning and Design Code.

After years of frustrating and flawed consultation on the Planning, Development, and Infrastructure Act (2016) and the Planning and Design Code, a 14,000 signature petition was presented to the Parliament in April 2020. Subsequently, a comprehensive report was handed down by the Legislative Review Committee (LRC) in November 2021. The report addressed all the issues included in the scope of the new review but is seemingly being ignored.

This open letter will be asking the Premier to instruct the panel to reference the LRC Report and its recommendations and ensure that there is formal community representation in the review process of the PDC.

Professor Warren Jones can be contacted at [email protected]

Visit the Protect Our Heritage Alliance on their website

the POHA on Facebook

Planning System Implementation Review
In response to concerns raised by local communities and industry groups, the Minister for Planning, Housing and Urban Development, the Hon. Nick Champion MP, has commissioned a review of South Australia's planning system and the implementation of recent reforms made to it.

The scope of the Panel’s review includes the:

  • Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016;
  • Planning and Design Code and related instruments, as it relates to infill policy, trees, character, heritage and car parking;
  • ePlanning system, to ensure it is delivering an efficient and user-friendly process and platform; and
  • PlanSA website, to check usability and ease of community access to information.

The Panel is now open to receiving general submissions on issues pertaining to the review. Submissions close Friday 16 December 2022. Submissions can be sent:

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

Learn more about the review via its website here.

Wakefield Press Essay Prize: Open Doors: the Art of Charity in the Promised Land by Stephen V. Graham
This year's Wakefield Press Essay Prize has been awarded to Stephen V. Graham of UniSA.
The award-wining essay is available for reading on the Wakefield Press Blog here.

History "Opened Many Doors": The Australian Historical Association's History Graduates Survey
A report on the careers of History graduates in Australia based on a 2021 survey of 800. The report gives prominence to the voices of respondents who articulate how their study of history has enhanced their workplace capabilities.
Read the report on the AHA website here.

Lectures, exhibitions, and events

Historical Society of South Australia
Guest speaker: Rob Kirk - 'Dr John Woodforde ... and Six Parrot Puddings - about early Colonial Adelaide through the eyes of Dr John Woodforde, survey doctor (and later Coroner), or early hospitals, lunatic asylums, public hangings and soirees at Government House'  October 7 at 7.30 - 9pm  at Burnside City Uniting Church, Tusmore. Non members $5.

'A Place to Call Home': South Australian Migrant Hostel Registers
The National Archives has recently digitised all registers it holds for Commonwealth run migrant hostels in South Australia and these are now available online. Find out how to access these newly digitised records at this seminar. 27 September 2022, 12pm - 1pm, Hetzel Lecture Theatre, State Library of South Australia.
Further information and registration through Eventbrite.

Art of the Willunga District's Built Heritage
The Art of the Willunga District’s Built Heritage exhibition presents original artworks of heritage buildings, historic sites and events in the Willunga District. Artists include Anton Riebe, Valerie Wright, Horace Trenerry and GF Gregory and other past and living artists.
The exhibition will be on display in the City of Onkaparinga Arts Centre from 16 September to 24 October.

New Approaches: Prison Labour in Global Empires, Labour History Looking Ahead after 60 Years seminar (online via Zoom)
Vivien Miller (Professor of American History, University of Nottingham) will speak about differing approaches to prison labour and prison workers, highlighting articles in a forthcoming special issue of Labour History.Jared Davidson (author and archivist, Wellington, NZ) will speak about prison labour in the making of New Zealand’s Pacific.
19 September 2022, 5 - 6:16pm AEST
Zoom Link

Doing Environmental History in Urgent Times, Making Public Histories in Conversation
A conversation between three of Australia's leading environmental historians - Andrea Gaynor, Katie Holmes, and Ruth Morgan - who will discuss what scholars of the past bring to a problem at the interface between history, science, and activism, and the stories they have to move us forward. 22 September 2022, 5pm, online.
Further information and registration here.

Oral History Australia Workshop: Writing Engaging Non-fiction
A four-hour workshop particularly suited to people planning to write community and family histories. Presented by Liz Harfull, an award-winning journalist, freelance writer, and editor with more than 30 years' experience. Cost: $60 for current members of OHA, $90 non-members.
Further information and registration through Eventbrite

Virtual event: The history of fairy tales in Australia with Jo Henwood
A free online event where Jo Henwood, President and co-founder of the Australian Fairy Tale society, will explore how fairy tales travelled from Europe to Australia, and what sorts of fairy tales have been written in Australia in the last 230 years.
Further information and registration here.

Interview with author Leah Lui-Chivizhe
Author of Masked Histories: Turtle shell masks and Torres Strait Islander people, Leah Lui-Chivizhe was interviewed by ABC on how the masks themselves drew her to the story.
Listen to the interview on ABC

Ikarian Migration 1900 - 1945
A lecture by Yianni Cartledge. To be held 23 October at 2pm, Ikarian Hall, 24 Arthur street, Unley.

ikarian migration

Hindmarsh Housing Community Action 1981-83
The Hindmarsh Residents Association Community Archive Group has made available a pdf of their exhibition panels from their East Street Picket event. The event was about residents' actions to save working class homes in Bowden and Brompton when they were endangered with ongoing demolition in the 1980s.
View the panels here

Centenary of the Mallala War Monument
The committee of the Mallala Museum cordially invite you to join with the community to celebrate the centenary of the War Monument on Sunday October 16th. A service will commence at 12.00pm and a sausage sizzle lunch will be provided afterwards by the Mallala Lion’s Club. The Museum will be open after lunch.
View the Facebook event here

Flinders History Research Seminars: Semester 2
Seminars are now back on in room 115 and online.

The next seminar for this semester is Associate Professor Yasuko Hassal Kobayashi
‘Transpacific Visions: Connected Histories of the Pacific across North and South, 2 September.
View the seminar schedule here (pdf).
Microsoft Teams link

Oral History Australia Biennial Conference: 'Oral History in Troubling Times: Opportunities and Challenges'.
Registrations are now open for the 2022 OHA Biennial Conference to be held in Launceston, Tasmania, 13 - 16 October 2022.
Further information via the OHA website

Our footy, our people, our stories: 145 years of the SANFL
Featuring highlights of the SANFL History Centre such as photographs, guernseys, trophies, and video. 3 June to 16 October 2022.
Further information via the State Library website

Around the country

Book releases

European Vision and the South Pacific Third Edition
From Australia's greatest art historian and pioneer of post-colonialism Bernard Smith comes a new edition of the Australian classic. Featuring a new introduction by Sheridan Palmer and Greg Lehman.
Further information and preorder through the publisher's website.

Happy Together: Bridging the Australia-China Divide by David Walker, Li Yao, Karen Walker
A fresh perspective on the Australia-China relationship as told through the lens of memoir, culture, and friendship.
A book launch held by Her Excellency, the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, Governor of South Australia will be held at the Barr Smith Library Reading Room, University of Adelaide. 23 September 2022, 4.30-6pm. The launch will be chaired by Professor Nicholas Jose with David Walker as respondent.
Further information here (pdf flyer)
Further information about the book on the publisher's website

The Defiant Anti-conscriptionist: The curious life of E.H. Coombe by Helen Hennessy, Patricia Booth
Tells the story of Ephraim Henry Coombe, a man who, with no more than six years of formal schooling, became a journalist, newspaper editor, and member of parliament. Representing the Barossa District for a total of 14 years, he advocated for proportional voting, women's suffrage, the extension or the railway to country towns, and against the closure of Lutheran schools during the First World War. However, it was his steadfast anti-conscription stance that lead to his persecution. To be released 10 October 2022.
Read the media release here.

The Whispering Wire: Tracing the Overland Telegraph line through the Heart of Australia by Rosamund Burton
A story of history and travel which traces Rosamund Burton's journey tracing the 3200km Overland Telegraph Line from Adelaide to Darwin. As the author moves across the continent, she shares stories and histories which are sometimes brutal.
To be released 10 October 2022.
Read the media release here.

Trusted: Children, Aspirin, and a Deadly Mystery by Karen Starko
A memoir-exposé of Karen Starko's discovery of the link between aspirin and Reyes Syndrome - a devastating illness described by Dr. RDK Reye and colleagues at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Sydney, 1963. To be released 20 November 2022.
Read the media release here.

Calls for papers

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 [email protected] by 1 March 2023.
The JHSSA publishes original articles on South Australia’s history, as well as book reviews

XX ISA Conference 2023
The conference to be held in Melbourne, June 2023, will include a panel titled Learning from the Past: Historical Approaches to Labour Strategy and Their Contemporary Applications.
Further information on the panel and submitting an abstract here.
View more panels on the history of sociology at this conference here.

Australasian Mining History Conference 2022 held in Burra, South Australia September 18 - 25.
Further information and abstract template on the AMHA website.
Information circular no.1 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

Ken Inglis Postgraduate Prize, Australian Historical Studies
Awarded to the best paper presented by a postgraduate student at the 2022 Australian Historical Association Conference. The winner receives a two year subscription to Australian Historical Studies and a $250 book voucher for Routledge Books.
Submissions due 30 September 2022.
Further information on the AHA website

HCSA eNewsletter Submissions

Dear HCSA members,
We are always looking for new items for our newsletter. To guarantee your submissions make the eNewsletter on time, please forward them at least one week before the next edition. The eNewsletter comes out bimonthly, in the first and third weeks of the month.

Editor: Jessica Fairey