Newsletter 27 November 2023


Paul Mazourek pictured here with HCSA’s Matt Fitzpatrick, Skye Krichauff and David Sweet at the Whyalla Library
Paul Mazourek pictured here with HCSA’s Matt Fitzpatrick, Skye Krichauff and David Sweet at the Whyalla Library

The HCSA Regional Lecture
On 16 November, Skye Krichauff gave the HCSA’s regional lecture at the Whyalla Library to a keen and interested crowd of 25-30 people. The audience heard her speak on the topic of  “Uncovering and Understanding the South Australian Frontier and its Legacies”. In her lecture, Skye unveiled her ongoing research into colonial era violence in South Australia and displayed the myriad features of the multi-media mapping and source collection tools she is preparing with a team of researchers from Adelaide University. The event also included a very well received presentation by David Sweet and Christeen Schoepf which offered an overview of oral history skills and practices for practitioners, as well as a generous lunch provided by the Whyalla hosts. The HCSA would like to thank Paul Mazourek, the Whyalla Library and the Whyalla City Council for their generous hospitality, as well as all of those who attended and who made the event such a success. We’re already looking forward to the next regional lecture!

The History Council has written to the South Australian Government in response to the recent discovery of Aboriginal remains found at the Riverlea Park (Buckland Park) housing development north of Adelaide.
Read more on our advocacy page here

Highgate Park clarification
JFA Purple Orange (which has a long association with Highgate Park) is currently facilitating a Working Group on the future of the HFI Trust involving people living with disability, family members of former residents at Highgate Park, and other allies. In light of two recent items in the newsletter regarding Highgate Park, they have requested that the History Council share their view that “Highgate Park is owned by the Home for Incurables (HFI) Trust and its beneficiaries are South Australians living with disability. Therefore, it is essential that South Australians living with disability are at the centre of decision making about the future of the site.” They have further stated that “There is a process underway to sell Highgate Park that has the general support of the South Australian disability community. There has been an open multistage consultation process involving more than 360 people, which has determined ‘the value of the site to people living with disability is largely the monetary value it provides for the sustainability of the Trust into the future.’” They also note that the plan includes “a suitable memorial developed to honour the legacy of Julia Farr and the lives and experiences of people living with disability who spent time living at the site.”
Further information on the consultation, including the report, through yourSAy
The full text of the letter from JFA Purple Orange to the HCSA can be found here

Call for volunteers: be part of an invention-adventure.
Adelaide-based DunnART Services Inc. is diving into an exciting new project due to premiere at the 2024 Adelaide Fringe.

In a thrilling Escape Room adventure, players will have limited time to transform their team into scientists, unravelling codes to rescue our world. Inspiring generations, young and old, to explore and engage with the world of inventions. dunnart.com/inventors

Are you ready to make a difference? They are looking for volunteers to support them:

Unearth the secrets of SA’s famous inventors and inventions! Help bring the Escape Room to life. Craft mind-bending challenges for participants.

If you can lend a hand to build, design, share your invaluable knowledge, have input in your field of expertise, like to assist during our Fringe events, you can contact their Project Coordinator below:

Stefanie Roeske
[email protected]

Labour History News Spring 2023
The Labour History Society SA have published the Spring edition of their newsletter
Read it here (pdf)

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).

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

Around the Country

AHA Inaugural Public Fund Lecture 2023
The Australian Historical Association is currently inviting registrations for the 2023 AHA Public Fund Lecture, to be delivered by Richard Glover on Tuesday 28 November 2023, 6pm AEDT at the University of Sydney.
Further information and registration here (via Google docs)

Rameses and the Gold of the Pharaohs
This exhibition, exclusive to the Australian Museum in Sydney, features 181 priceless artefacts and relics, many of which have never left Egypt before. This wonderfully preserved collection includes sarcophagi, animal mummies, jewellery, royal masks, and ornate tomb treasures which showcase the workmanship of Egyptian artisans. Open in Sydney November 18 2023 - May 19 2024.
Further information and ticket purchase through the museum website

Lectures, exhibitions, and events

Oral History SA/NT Christmas Brunch
This year Oral history SA/NT are meeting at Balthazar Italian Pizzeria and Cafe for their annual Christmas Brunch. 10.30am, 10 December 2023. All welcome. RSVP by December 5.
Further information through their website.

Don Dunstan Lecture: The role of cultural diplomacy and the value of the arts to society
Join Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, Governor of South Australia to explore the cultural, political, and economic life of South Australia. 28 November 2023, 6.30pm, Dunstan Playhouse.
Further information and bookings through Adelaide Festival Centre

Researching your Irish and Scots-Irish family history
A full-day, in-person seminar presented by Genealogy SA in conjunction with the Ulster Historical Foundation. 11 February 2024, 9am-5pm, Unley Town Hall.
Further information and registration through Trybooking

Women's war effort
The latest part of the National Archives' SA Selections series, reflecting on stories of women who stepped out of their domestic roles to support the war effort.
28 November 2023, 12-1pm, National Archives of Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide.
Further information and registration on the NAA website

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

Agora: Rights and Freedoms
The latest edition of Agora is on the theme ‘Rights and Freedoms’. Articles in this issue discuss:

  • the history of protest from ancient Rome through to modern civil rights movements
  • how Melbourne’s Jewish community sought safety from the re-emergence of fascism by finding common ground with movements fighting colonialism and racism in other parts of the world
  • the civil rights arguments employed in the campaign for the 8-hour day
  • how the 1998 waterfront dispute was fought, and how its ramifications affect Australian workers today
  • the contested nature of rights arising from the Eureka rebellion
  • how politics influenced the enactment of the death penalty in Victoria
  • the history of abortion rights in the US and Australia
  • how the decline in the governor-general’s influence since Federation reveals the history of Australia’s disentanglement from Imperial British control.

Agora is available to purchase as a digital download from the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria

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Studies in Oral History
The latest edition of the Oral History Australia Journal is now out.
View and download from their website

The Liberal Story : A history of the Liberal Party in South Australia 1910-2022 by Baden Teague
A significant study of the Liberal Party authored by Dr. Baden Teague, a Liberal Senator for South Australia from 1977-1996 and member of the State Council of the Liberal Party 1973-1996.
Further information and purchase through Wakefield Press

Calls for papers

2024 OHA Biennial conference call for presentations: The Power of Oral History - Risks, Rewards, & Possibilities
Deadline 1 April 2024
Further information through Oral History Australia

South Australian Church History Network conference 2024: Paradise of dissent
Expressions of interest due 11 December 2023, abstracts due 12 February 2024.
Further information here (pdf).

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)

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


Encounters Fellowships 2024
Encounters Fellowships offer six First Nations people a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain professional development in a hands-on program that includes a placement at the National Museum of Australia and experience at partner cultural institutions in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Applications close 15 December 2023.
Further information through the National Museum of Australia website

South Australian Literary Awards
The 2024 SA Literary Awards - formerly known as the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature - are now open. Submissions close 15 December 2023.
Further information through the State Library website

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

HCSA eNewsletter Submissions

Dear HCSA members,
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Editor: Jessica Fairey