Newsletter 26 September 2023


HCSA Membership Renewal
As the new financial year is upon us, we ask that you please take the time to renew your memberships for the 2023/2024 financial year (if you have not already done so)
You can renew your membership here.

Memberships can be renewed via credit card, EFT, cheque, and bank transfers. Invoices can be generated at the above link.

Additionally, you may also consider donating to the HCSA, which can be done as you renew, or separately through the link below:
Donate to the HCSA here.

Donations are tax deductible, and go towards supporting:

  • The HCSA Fellowship
  • The Historian Awards
  • Public lectures (regional and city)
  • Advocating for history in SA
  • Daily operations
  • Further work undertaken by the HCSA

We thank you again for your support.

History Council of South Australia Annual General Meeting
Featuring speaker Lainie Anderson on 'The Greatest Air Race' - Sir Ross Smith's 1919 flight from London to Darwin. The HCSA AGM will be held 4 October at the Historian Hotel, 18 Coromandel Place, Adelaide. 5.30pm for a 5.45 start.
Further information on our website here.
Book through Eventbrite here.
Download the Nomination form for election to the Committees here

Australian Catholic University's Proposed Budget Cuts
The Australian Catholic University has announced its plan to cut its staffing and resources across humanities disciplines. We join other History Councils of Australia in condemning this decision.
View the joint statement to ACU here (pdf).

Heritage Register Nomination: Highgate Park
Recently Peter Harvord submitted a SA Heritage Register Nomination Application for Highgate Park. Previously known as the 'Julia Farr Centre' and the 'Home for Incurables', the site has a history of caring for the disabled community of South Australia.
Peter has given permission for us to link the application, which contains lots of information and history on the site.
View the application here (pdf).

Historical Society of South Australia October Meeting
6 October, 7.30pm featuring Julie Collins on 'Designing the Sleep-out in Twentieth-century SA'. $5 entry for visitors at Burnside City Uniting Church.

Friends of the South Australian Archives AGM
Featuring speaker Dr Heidi Ing on 'Citizen Historians and the Archive'. To be held 25 October 2023, 6pm, at the Box Factory, 59 Regent Street Adelaide.
Further information here (pdf).

United Aborigines Mission Archival Records
Are you a former resident of Tanderra Hostel, Colebrook, or Oodnadatta Children's home? If so, you or a representative of former residents are invited to a community consultation meeting to discuss how best to manage United Aborigines Mission archival records which the State Library of South Australia has recently received.
Further information and EOIs through The library website

Unstacked: Digital real-time stories told by you
The State Library of South Australia has recently launched its digital platform Unstacked - a real-time visualisation of the items patrons are looking at in the library's collection.
Check it out here

Expressions of Interest: Student viewing of Of Auburn
An iteration of the award-winning history drama Of Auburn for students of Humanities will be performed during History Month in May 2024. The play combines theatre, poetry, personal testimony, music, and immersive audio-visual technology to tell the stories of volunteer nurses in World War I through the real-life character of Madge Yeatman.
Further information here (pdf flyer)

Lectures, exhibitions, and events

Talking History: Uncanny Histories: The Invisible, Mysterious and Miraculous
Featuring a panel of historians advocating for a more curious, critical, and creative way to respectfully research histories and biographies.17 October 2023, 6.20pm - 8.00pm.
Further information and registration through Eventbrite

The 1916 "Secret Census" of Greeks: Monitoring a "Suspect Community"
This talk, presented by Yianni Cartledge and Professor Andrekos Varnava will look at the 'secret census' which was carried out by Australian special intelligence and catalogued all Greeks in Australia in 1916.
9 October 2023, 6.30pm start, Ikaros Hall, Arthur Street, Unley.
Further information here (pdf).

WEA 110th Anniversary
This year, the Worker's Educational Association of South Australia is celebrating 110 years with an open day. The day is a free event, featuring demonstrations, lectures, a market hall and a display of some of the historical materials uncovered by the WEA Volunteer History Project.
15 October 2023, 10am - 4pm
Further information through Facebook

8th Ghan International Film Festival Australia
Our story is more diverse than we may think. The history of vast South Australia would have been very different but for the presence of the hardy Afghan cameleers. So let’s fast forward to…

Watandar, My Countryman 

When former Afghan Refugee and photographer, Muzafar Ali, discovers that Afghans have been an integral part of Australia for over 160 years, he begins to photograph their descendants in a search to define his own new Afghan-Australian identity. Then the Taliban take over Afghanistan and his old country comes calling…. His photography project becomes another journey as he recognises his own search for a new identity in a new land. 

This is what the (self -exiled) distinguished Afghanistan Australian Ambassador said of this film : “A new view of Australia’s multicultural society, its rich history and a genuine perspective on the situation in Afghanistan and its humanitarian catastrophe.”

Show your support for one of our newest migrant communities who are making great contributions to our working and cultural life.

This film is screening in the Ghan International Film Festival 29 October 7pm at the Mercury Cinema .

Read more about Muzafar Ali and the film on ABC
Visit the Ghan International Film Festival website here
Tickets and further information on the movies through Eventbrite

Vickers Vimy: The Great Air Race of 1919
Hear the incredible story from a member of the SA Aviation Museum's History Research Group, Mike Milln. He will explain why the crew was uniquely qualified to achieve one of the greatest aviation feats of all time, the characteristics of the aircraft that made it possible, the highlights of the Great Race in 1919 itself and the post race events that resulted in the Vimy being preserved at Adelaide Airport.
23 November, 7 - 8pm, Unley Town Hall. $2.50 on booking, bookings essential.
Further information through Unley Museum

Oral History SA/NT workshop: How to do an oral history interview
An introductory workshop on the practice and methods of doing an oral history interview.
10am - 3.30pm, 27 October 2023. Jervois Room, State Library of South Australia.
Further information and tickets through Eventbrite

Vickers Vimy: The Great Air Race of 1919 Hear the incredible story from a member of the SA Aviation Museum's History Research Group, Mike Milln. He will explain why the crew was uniquely qualified to achieve one of the greatest aviation feats of all time, the characteristics of the aircraft that made it possible, the highlights of the Great Race in 1919 itself and the post-race events that resulted in the Vimy being preserved at Adelaide Airport. Thursday 23 November, 7-8pm. Unley Town Hall, Oxford Terrace, Unley. $2.50 on booking, bookings essential. Phone 8372 5100 or book online at unley.sa.gov.au/libraryevents

Talk: Sowing, mowing, and growing
A stroll through South Australian gardens from colonisation to the 1930s.
11am - 12pm, 10 October 2023, Hetzel Lecture Theatre, State Library SA.
Further information and booking through the library website


Talk: In plain sight: Twentieth century LGBTQIA+ writers in our collection
Learn what a recent discovery by a long-time volunteer tells us about twentieth century LGBTQIA+ writers in our collections.
11am - 12pm, 21 November 2023, Hetzel Lecture Theatre, State Library SA.
Further information and booking through the library website

Flinders History Seminars Semester 2
The next seminar will be on 13 October, featuring Prof. Angela Woollacott on 'Dismantling colonialism: Australians who helped the nation to embrace human equality, 1940s - 1960s'. Seminars are held Fridays, 11.15am - 12.30pm at Social Sciences South 149 (Bedford Park, SA) and through Microsoft Teams.
Schedule and further information here.

Bay to Birdwood 2023
Registrations for this year's Bay to Birdwood - one of the world's great historic motoring events - have opened, with places filling up fast.
The event will be held 22 October 2023.
Further information and registration here.

2023 Musicological Society of Australia Conference: Open Borders: The Future of Music Research
Being held 29 November to 2 December 2023, Adelaide.
Further information available here.

The Pioneer's Association of South Australia
The association has released their calendar of events for 2023.

Book an event by emailing your details to [email protected]. Please include the event code i.e. (E23-02)

For further information, including payment details, view the events page on their website here.

View the full events calendar here (pdf).

Book releases

Sprigg Salon & Book Launch: John Rymill - Polar Pioneer, by Peter Rymill
Peter Rymill will be hosting the Adelaide launch of his biography of his father, at the SA museum, 6-11pm, Friday 29 September.
Further information and bookings through Humanitix

Calls for papers

Symposium, 'Making, Spending and Saving: Women and Money in Australasia'
18 - 19 July 2024, Macquarie University and online. Call for papers closes 30 November 2023
Further information here (pdf).

Journal Special Issue: Culturally Specific Museums: Between Diasporic Culture and Australian Heritage
Call for papers closes 20 December 2023.
Further information here (pdf)

Symposium: Political Lives: Political Biography, Memoir, and Australian Democracy
Symposium being held 4-5 December 2023, at the University of Adelaide. Abstracts due 29 September 2023.
Further information here (pdf)

Studies In Oral History: Oral histories of working lives and workplace culture
Submissions due 1 December 2023.
Further information here (pdf).

Extended Call for Papers: HCSA 20 Year Anniversary Book Project
Dear HCSA members, 2023 marks 20 years of the HCSA, and we are seeking expressions of interest in contributing to a commemorative anniversary book. Due to significant interest in the project, we have decided to reopen and extend the call for papers.

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 2023. Please also make sure you are a current financial member of the HCSA.

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

2023 Australasian Drama Studies Conference: Archives, Artists, and Absences
Being held 27 November to 1 December 2023, Adelaide.
Further information here.


HCSA Fellowship
Dear HCSA members and friends,
Our annual HCSA Fellowship will be open for applications in the coming days on 1 October 2023, and closing 30 November 2023.
The History Council of South Australia (HCSA) Fellowship provides support for all Australians researching and writing in an area of South Australian history up to $2,000. 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 may be made by email to: [email protected]
See details and the application form on our website here

2023 Peter Lang Emerging Scholars Competition in Indigenous Studies
Proposals are invited from emerging scholars in Indigenous Studies for single-author books. The winner(s) will be offered a Gold Open Access contract for their book. Proposals due 30 September.
Further information on the publisher's website

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