Newsletter 1 March 2022
HCSA Fellowship Free Lecture Night
Come and join us for a free lecture night on Wednesday 30 March from 5:30pm-7:00pm, delivered by our two Fellows, Dr Rebecca Jones (2021 Fellow) and Dr Heidi Ing (2022 Fellow). The two presentations will explore their research projects, which both focus on key aspects of South Australian history and heritage.
Please reserve your seats at the eventbrite page here
Dr. Rebecca Jones (2021 Fellow)
Dr Jones is based in rural Victoria and was unable to travel to Adelaide during 2021 to consult the sources at the State Library. We are very pleased to be able to welcome her in March 2022 and to hear the progress of her research.
Dr. Jones is investigating how people in settler societies have learnt from the emotional and physical challenges of weather extremes in the past and how this information can contribute to our responses to climate change in the present, using diaries and letters written by nurses working for the Australian Inland Mission in Oodnadatta, Innamincka and Beltana 1900-1920. These sources, held in the State Library of South Australia, provide rich insights into the experiences of people living and working in remote arid areas in the early twentieth century and the many ways that they adapted (or didn’t) to drought, dust, heat and flood.
Title: Settler-Colonial Land Speculation: Investors in South Australia’s ‘Town Acres’.
As the 2022 Fellow, Heidi Ing’s presentation will focus on aims and ambitions rather than already achieved outcomes. The planned project will involve Kaurna land in Tarntanya, which was divided in early 1837 into one-thousand and forty-two ‘town acres’. In March 1837, through either preliminary land-order or purchase at auction, just over 200 individuals were allocated this appropriated land. This prosopographical project will aim to produce short biographical sketches for these men and women, and to collect microdata into a useful format for future social network analysis. It is expected that connections may be uncovered to link South Australian investors to other settler-colonial endeavours. This presentation will provide an overview of the questions which may be answered through this fellowship project, as well as the potential for geospatial visualisation of the data.
Historical Society of South Australia Inc.
Join the HSSA 4 March at 7.30pm with guest speaker Bill Othams with the topic "Coromandelians - a one-ship study of early European settlers in South Australia"
Brian Stace and Bill Othams co-authored Coromandelians: South Australian Pioneers of the Coromandel. They both had ancestors who arrived in South Australia on the Coromandel in January 1837, sparking their interest in the ship and its passengers. The publication of the book was the outcome of over 10 years of research. The Coromandel was the first vessel to carry out free-passage emigrants who were not required to have contracts of employment before they left England. The book and this talk are the story of all those free agents, and how they fared. All welcome - non members $5 entry.
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Statement and Petition Regarding the Veto of Literary Studies ARC Grants
Excerpt taken from the statement:
"The decision by the acting Federal Minister for Education, Stuart Robert, to exercise his veto against four literary studies grants recommended to him by the Australian Research Council constitutes an attack on literary studies and literary culture in Australia. The only public justification that Robert provided for the apparently arbitrary process that led to this decision is that the projects “do not demonstrate value for taxpayers’ money nor contribute to the national interest.” That two-thirds of the six censored grants should be in literary studies demonstrates a dismissive attitude to the value of the imagination and creativity."
View the full statement and add your name here (google form).
The 2022 Historian Awards
The HCSA Historian Awards seek to recognise the outstanding achievements of an individual or group who have made a major contribution in the field of history in South Australia. These achievements can include, but are not limited to, history teaching, historical research and scholarship, raising community awareness of our history and heritage (for example through presentations, exhibitions, traditional and digital publications), and strengthening the profile of history.
The awards may be awarded in the following categories: Historian of the Year; Emerging Historian; Life Long Historian; Digital Technologies Award; and Contribution to Regional or Community History (Individual or Group); Oral History Excellence.
View our HCSA Historian Awards page here.
Friends of South Australia's Archives Annual Jack Cross Fellowships 2022
Awarded to small history projects or to support students of South Australian history who are pursuing a dedicated program of historical research in archives and history, with a focus in the use of South Australian archival resources. Applications due 31 March 2022.
Further information here (pdf).
The Friends of South Australia's Archives Inc.
The latest newsletter from the FSAA has been released. This issue updates the situation regarding the relocation of South Australian archival material to Canberra and the planned digitisation hub, as well as other news items.
View the newsletter here (pdf).
The Historical Society of South Australia is pleased to announce resumption of its Grants Scheme in 2022 for research, publication or promotion of South Australian history.
The closing date for applications is Monday 28th March 2022. Successful applicants will be announced at the lecture meeting during the annual History Festival on Friday 6 May and all applicants will receive notification by Monday 15 May 2022. Payment of the monies awarded in grants will happen in June 2022.
Applications should be addressed to:
HSSA Annual Grants Scheme
PO Box 519
Kent Town SA 5071
Wakefield Press Essay Prize
Applications for the 2022 Wakefield Press Essay Prize Award are now open. The prize is for the best essay on a topic relating to the history of South Australia. Submissions are due 1 April 2022.
The prize is open to anyone who during the year 2021 has written or published an essay dealing substantially with some aspect of South Australian history. The word length should be between 2,000 and 10,000 (including footnotes/endnotes)
Further information here.
Australian National University Press is celebrating 1000 open-access titles. A leader in open-access academic publishing, there is now over 1000 peer-reviewed academic titles are available for download from their website.
Visit their website here.
A Celebration of the Aboriginal Flag
Harold Thomas, the first Aboriginal person employed at the South Australian Museum and the designer of the Aboriginal flag, has recently announced that he has assigned copyright of the Aboriginal flag to the Federal Government. This historical agreement allows the flag to be freely used by all Australians as a celebration and symbol of pride and unity.
Read an article Thomas wrote for the Brisbane Times here.
Australia Day Honours
The Australia Day awards 2022 saw two South Australians awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for history.
Lois Beverley Zweck
Author of many books, including 'Zweck: A family history', and 'Fritz Moeller & Sophie Luck: Migrants from Mecklenberg'. Lois was Chair of the Friends of the Lutheran Archives from 1995 to 2014, acting as a volunteer, translator, and research assistant at the Lutheran Archives from 1992, and was made a Board Member in 1998.
In 2017 she was awarded the Lifelong History Achievement Award by the History Council of South Australia.
June 'Monty' Smith
This Georgetown-based historian and author received the OAM in recognition of her service to the community through history preservation organisations. Monty has authored two books: 'Their Duty Nobly Done: Remembering the WWI Veterans of the townships of Georgetown, Gladstone, Glundare, Huddleston and Narridy', and 'A Jam Tin of Mosquitoes: a biographical reference to the men and women of South Australia who volunteered to serve in the South African Boer War 1899 to 1902'.
She currently also sits as the chair on the South Australian Boer War Committee and is the inaugural president of the Strathalbyn Legacy Widows Club.
Lectures, exhibitions, and events
ANU Centre for Environmental History: Environmental Exchanges
A new seminar series dedicated to showcasing and discussing the new research that engages with key themes in environmental history. Seminars will be held approximately once a month on Thursdays, with all in 2022 being held via Zoom as well as in-person at the ANU's Acton campus.
Further information on the ANU School of history website here.
The first series is on the topic of Oceans, with the next seminar on 31 March:
Dr. Sarah Bendall: 'Whaling, Consumer Culture, and Changing Understandings of the Natural World in Early Modern Europe.'
Registration and further information here.
Virtual Seminar: Historians on Planetary Futures
Presented by New Earth Histories and the Laureate Centre for History and Population, UNSW. Held Tuesdays in February to April 2022.
Further information on Eventbrite
Lust for Lifestyle: Modern Adelaide Homes 1950-1965
A new exhibition in the State Library Gallery on the architecture of the post-World War II boom. Open until 5 June 2022.
Further information on the State library website.
South Australia illustrated: the Art of George French Angas
Featuring the beautiful colour images of artist George French Angas, which are some of the earliest views of South Australia by a European. On now, free entry.
Further information including opening times at the State Library website here.
Masked Histories: Turtle Shell Masks and Torres Strait Islander People by Leah Lui-Chivizhe
Masked Histories celebrates the remarkable Torres Strait Islander turtle shell masks that were taken or traded by Europeans throughout the nineteenth century. Displayed as curiosities or art in museums and galleries around the world, the Islander knowledges they held were silenced. Delving into old stories from both Islanders and the foreigners who had travelled to the region, Lui-Chivizhe reanimates the masks with their Islander meaning and purpose and, in so doing, powerfully recreates the past. Masked Histories advances a vivid new history, uncovering the profound importance of the turtle shell masks to all Islanders and revealing much about the people who created them.
(Description from publisher's website)
Available for pre-order from Melbourne University Press through their website
The Death of Dr. Duncan by Tim Reeves
The drowning of Dr Duncan in the River Torrens in 1972 remains one of Australia's most notorious unsolved murders. His death shocked the local community and still reverberates 50 years later.
Tim Reeves is an award-winning author and the acknowledged authority on the Duncan case. He pulls together the complex strands of a police investigation, coroner's inquest, New Scotland Yard enquiry and trial. He also examines the attempts at gay law reform in the state that were triggered by Duncan's killing.
(Description taken from publisher's website)
Further information and ordering through the Wakefield Press website.
Four Years in a Red Coat: The Loveday Internment Camp Diary of Miyakatsu Koike by Miyakatsu Koike, Hiroko Cockerill, Peter Monteath, Yuriko Nagata
The publication of Miyakatsu Koike's personal diaries he kept as an internee of four years at Loveday internment Camp.
Further information through Wakefield Press here.
John Mulvaney Fellowship, Australian Academy of the Humanities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early career researchers and PhD students working in any area of the humanities. Applications due 5pm AEST, 25 March 2022.
Further information on the AAH website.
Publication Subsidies, Australian Academy of the Humanities awarded to support costs associated with publication, such as illustrations, maps, and copyright fees. Applications due 5pm AEST, 25 March 2022.
Further information on the AAH website.
The Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism (CHART) Program is a $3 million Australian Government program that aims to support community cultural, heritage, and arts organisations in regional Australia as they recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Applications are open until funding allocation has been expended or on 29 April 2022.
Further information on the AMaGA website.
Thanks to Commonwealth government funding, Trove is offering a free trial to Australian galleries, archives, museums, and historical societies that would like to reach a vast audience and see their collection in a national context. The trial period ends 30 June 2022.
Further information here.
Calls for papers
History of Education Review (HER) is an international journal committed to the publication of high quality peer-reviewed research and theoretical papers on the history of education.
Further information on the Emerald Publishing website.