Newsletter 2 August 2022


Vale Sue Lear
It is with deep sadness and shock that we share with you the loss of Sue Myfanwy Lear.

Sue passed away unexpectedly on Friday 15th July 2022.

Sue became a member of Genealogy SA in 2014, and President in 2019 - it is in this role that she grew the Society to be one of the largest family history societies in the Southern Hemisphere.

Sue will be remembered by the Society for her vibrant and enterprising energy, drive, good humour, and her absolute love for family history.

Our thoughts are with Sue’s family whom she adored.

(From Genealogy SA)

Vale Sue Lear

Saddleworth and & Historical Society
A small but enthusiastic group centred at the Saddleworth & District Historical Society Museum, which houses and maintains the history of Saddleworth and the nearby towns of Waterloo, Marrabel, and Manoora.
Further information on the Saddleworth website
More information on the SA History Network Website

Professional Historians Association (SA) AGM
The AGM of the Professional Historians Association (SA) will be on Monday 15 August starting at 6 pm at the Cathedral Hotel (corner of 45 Kermode Street and King William Road, North Adelaide). Members and friends are welcome. Those who would like to will stay for dinner after the meeting (order before the meeting). Enquiries can be sent to Anne Richards, secretary, at [email protected]

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.

Baptist Church Missions Collections from Yuendumu
This post on the State Library website looks at this collection which was recently donated to the State Library.
Read the post here.

Historical Society of South Australia
The next meeting of the HSSA will be held 5 August, 7.30pm at Burnside city Uniting Church, Tusmore.
Featuring speaker Professor Philip Payton on 'Vice Regal Wives and Gubernatorial Reputations'.
Non-members $5
Further information on the HSSA website

Uluru Statement from the Heart Campaign Update
Pat Anderson, President of the First Nations Voice campaign, shared an outline for a campaign at a zoom meeting arranged by the Search Foundation
View the outline here.

The latest issue of Agora is now available. On the theme of Modern History, articles examine topics including, but not limited to:

  • Ukrainian sovereignty during the Russian revolution
  • the rise and spread of fascism as far as Australia
  • myths about the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan
  • British intelligence documents during the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • the secrecy involved in nuclear weapons testing in Australia
  • The Australian Women’s Weekly as a source revealing how Australian women engaged in Cold War politics
  • the changing nature of work
  • how to teach the Holocaust in an age-appropriate, safe and meaningful manner

Further information and purchase on the History Teachers' Association of Victoria website


Sturt Street School is turning 140
Sturt Street School has a lot of history, and Polis - the new City of Adelaide Local History Group - is interested in contacting alumni and former staff who attended the school to hear their stories.
Please contact Kathleen Patitsas / Muirhead-Kern
phone: 0448 893 591
email: [email protected]

Labour History news
The winter 2022 edition of the Labour History Society's newsletter is now available.
View it here (pdf).

Labour History AGM
21 August, 2pm, at the Box Factory on the corner of McClaren and Regent street, Adelaide.

Hindmarsh Redevelopment & the Community Strategy Plan in the 1980s
As part of the History Festival 2022, the Hindmarsh Residents Association Community Archive Group produced a display on redevelopment of Hindmarsh in the 1980s. The display is now available as a PDF.
View it here.

Lectures, exhibitions, and events

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
At present the seminars are being held online only.

The next seminar for this semester is Dr Erin Sebo (Flinders University)
‘Ne sorga: grief and revenge in early medieval England’, 5 August.
View the seminar schedule here (pdf).
Microsoft Teams link

Exhibition: Journey to South Australia
Part of the South Australian Living Artists Festival August 2022. This exhibition is a special collection by renowned maritime artist John Ford OAM. It features ships important to the early colonisation of South Australia.
Further information and program of events on the Genealogy SA website.

The Bicentenary of George Tramountanas-North's Birth
The first Greek emigrant in South Australia, regarded as the pioneering grandfather of the Greek Orthodox community of SA. This year marks the 200th anniversary of his birth, and the Tramountanas-North Association is celebrating. Held over the weekend of 29-30 October, expressions of interest due 19 August.
Further information here (pdf flyer).

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

Author Talk: Vice-Regal Wives and Gubernatorial Reputations
The HSSA August meeting will feature a presentation by Phil Payton on his book Vice-Regal: A history of the Governors of South Australia. 5 August, 7.30 - 8.30pm, Burnside City Uniting Church. Entry by gold coin donation at the door.

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

Book releases

Unmaking Angas Downs, by Shannyn Palmer
A new work of history that seeks to unmake mythologies of pioneers, pastoralism, and possession in the Northern Territory. Angas Downs is a pastoral station in Central Australia, but pastoralism is only a fraction of what has happened there. Like all places it has accrued people and stories, in multiple layers, over time. Listening to Tjuki Tjukanku Pumpjack and Sandra Armstrong, two Aangu with deep and abiding connections to Angas Downs, a very different kind of place emerges from that conjured in myths and histories of pioneers and pastoralists
Further information and preordering via Melbourne University Press

And the Clock Struck Thirteen, by Lewis Yerloburka O'Brien and Mary-Anne Gale
The story of Kaurna man Uncle Lewis O'Brien and his family. An esteemed Aboriginal elder, Lewis O'Brien worked as a fitter and machinist for thirty years, before joining the SA education department as an Aboriginal education liaison officer in 1977.
Further information and purchasing through the Wakefield Press website

New perspectives on the Greek War of Independence: Myths, Realities, Legacies, and Reflections, by Yianni Cartledge and Andrekos Varnava
This book marks the 200-year anniversary of uprisings in the Ottoman Balkans between February and March 1821, which became known in the west as the beginnings of the Greek war of Independence (1821-1832), and led to the formation of the modern Greek state.
Further information and preordering through Amazon

August in Kabul, Andrew Quilty
Told through the eyes of witnesses to the fall of Kabul in August 2021, authored by one of few Western journalists who stayed in Kabul as the city fell.
Further information and preorder through Melbourne University Press

Calls for papers

The League of Red Cross Societies in Historical Perspectives 1919-1991
For a two-day symposium to be held at the IFRC, Geneva, 15-16 June 2023. Abstracts due 9 September 2022.
Further information here (pdf).

Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society (ANZLHS) Conference: Tenuous Histories and Provable Pasts: How Legal Historians Create Knowledge. Submissions close 15 August 2022.
Further information via the ANZHLS website

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.


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

South Australian History Fund 2022
Now open for applications! Providing over $5,000 to communities, organisations, and individuals annually, the grants provide support to projects, research, or publications that contribute to the knowledge and understanding of South Australia's rich history.
Applications close 21 August 2022.
Further information on the History Trust's grants page
Apply through the SmartyGrants portal here.

South Australia 1919-1939: Essays from the PHA (SA)
This collection of essays from the Professional Historians Association (PHA) is available for sale. Contact Peter Donovan to obtain copies. Cost $45, ordinary postage $9.55.
Email Peter at [email protected]

Casual History Convenors, School of Humanities and Languages, UNSW
Casual teaching opportunities available in term 3, 2022. Two courses (ARTSS2271 Inventing Modern Australia, 1900 to Now, and ARTS2272 The European World, 1500-1800) have casual convenor vacancies. Applications due 12 August 2022.
Please contact the UNSW History convenor Dr. Zora Simic for more information: [email protected].

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