Newsletter 13 October 2022
Vale Dr. Don Longo
It is with sorrow I report the untimely death of Adelaide historian Dr Don Longo after an accident and heart failure. In recent years Dr Longo was an historian of the history discipline at the University of Adelaide. In Pens & Bayonets, he materially advanced the study of Anzac volunteering in rural Australia, taking as his example his beloved Yorke Peninsula, as described in the diaries and letters of her sons and the contemporary local press. Educated in Adelaide and Paris, Don was a son of Italian Australia who understood three languages, Italian, French and English. He never forgot where he came from, and was always inspired by the red flag of democracy of 1848. Once described critically as `an unreconstructed Marxist’, he proudly admitted the remark was true. He will be sadly missed by his many friends and colleagues.
Dr David Faber, President, Labour History Society SA
HCSA Fellowship 2023: Applications now open
The HCSA Fellowship provides support for all Australians researching and writing in an area of South Australian history. 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 close 30 November.
Submissions may be made by email to [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’.
All are welcome.
HCSA Annual Regional Lecture
This year's HCSA Annual Regional Lecture, 'Vivian Bullwinkel and the Bangka Island Massacre: 80 Years On' by Prof. Melanie Oppenheimer is being held at Kapunda on 19 October. Please note the venue has recently been changed to the Kapunda Soldier's Memorial Hall.
Further information on the event flyer
Further information and registration through Eventbrite
SA Medical Heritage Society Meeting
Featuring Dr. Jacqueline Jepson speaking about her father, the late Professor RP Jepson. 27 October 2022, 6pm, Royal Society Rooms, Adelaide.
Further information available here (pdf flyer)
Planning System Implementation Review Update
On Monday 17 October 2022, the Planning System Implementation Review's Expert Panel will be releasing three discussion papers, and registrations will be open for a series of engagement workshops. The papers will elaborate on the areas the Panel has identified for potential reform and will pose questions for consideration and response.
In addition, all South Australians are encouraged to participate in the review by:
- Making a submission directly to the Panel (via email or post); or
- Making a submission or completing a survey through the Panel’s YourSAy page.
The YourSAy page, together with the workshop registration details, will be available from Monday 17 October 2022 and will be shared on the Panel’s webpage.
You can view the webpage here.
The panel remains open to receiving general submissions on issues pertaining to the review. Submissions close on Friday 16 December 2022. Submissions can be sent the following ways:
- Via email: [email protected]
- Via post: Attention: Expert Panel, GPO Box 1815, Adelaide SA 5001
- Via phone: 08 7133 3222
History Trust SA interim relocation
As of 7 October, the History Trust of South Australia has concluded its last business day at the Torrens Parade Ground.
Effective Monday 17 October, the interim headquarters for the History Trust will be at Level 12, 77 Grenfell Street while they explore options for longer-term headquarters.
Draft Information Governance Guideline and Self-assessment Tool
State Records SA is updating their Information Management policies for South Australian government agencies. In 2019 the Information Management Strategy 2019-2022 and the Information Management Standard were published, and since that time several new supporting standards have been developed.
They are seeking feedback about their draft:
Information Governance Guideline (pdf)
Self assessment tool (download)
Comments can be provided to [email protected]
Public consultation will close on COB Monday 5 December 2022.
Friends of South Australia's Archives September Newsletter and AGM
The FSAA has released their latest newsletter, which is available here.
The AGM will be held 9 November 2022, 6pm, at the Box Factory Community Centre.
Petition: Save the Historic and Heritage-Listed Thebarton Police Barracks
The State Government of South Australia has announced its intention to build a new Women's and Children's Hospital upon a site belonging to the Heritage-listed Thebarton Mounted Police Barracks - a complex of Historic buildings located alongside the Old Adelaide Gaol.
View and sign the petition here.
Read about the project on InDaily here
IFLA Survey: Value of Heritage and Special Collections
The Rare Book and Special Collections Section of the International Federation of Library Associations has launched a short and anonymous survey to investigate what standards, norms, practices, laws, and research exist around the world to measure the different values of heritage and Special Collections. This is with a view to draft and publish a report that can be a guide to cultural heritage institutions.
Get further information and complete the survey here.
Kernewek Lowender Cornish Festival 2023: Dressing the Graves
"Dressing the Graves" ceremonies will be held during the Festival to remember and honour the lives of ancestors buried in Moonta, Wallaroo, Kadina, and also Greens Plains West Coast Cemeteries.
The Dressing the Graves Committee is looking for nominations from people who have ancestors buried in these cemeteries who would like to remember and honour their lives at these ceremonies next year. The closing date for nominations is 31 October 2022. Information on nomination criteria and all other enquiries can be addressed to:
Coordinator of Dressing the Graves
PO Box 280
Moonta SA 5558
or via email: [email protected]
Labour History Society SA
The Labour History News Spring edition for 2022 is now available.
Read it here (pdf)
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]
Lectures, exhibitions, and events
Historical Society of South Australia
November's guest speaker is Beth Robertson on The Dark Inheritance of Edward Stirling - descendant of slavery, colonial settler, and father of Sir Edward Charles Stirling. Friday 4 November, 7.30-9pm at Burnside City Uniting Church, Tusmore. Visitors are welcome, non-members $5. The HSSA Journal will be issued to members after the meeting. As this is the last of the lectures for 2022, we look forward to a rest as we prepare the programme for 2023.
Heroes of the Skies: The Great Air Race
The State Library of South Australia is presenting a new series of stories that delve into the history of South Australia. This first story celebrates the anniversary of 14 October, when the crew first took off in the Great Air Race of 1919.
View it online here.
Bay to Birdwood Finish festival
The Bay to Birdwood is a parade of historic motoring from West Beach through to the National Motor Museum at Birdwood. Held annually, the Bay to Birdwood is a citizen-collector historic motoring event that draws participants from around Australia and the world. At the finish festival, join the participating collectors as they finish the run at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood.
Further information and tickets via their website
Labour History: Methods and approaches
The sixth seminar in the series Labour History: looking ahead after 60 Years. There will be two Zoom presentations:
- Tamsin O’Connor will talk about military labour and material objects.
- Fiona Kinsey (Museum of Victoria) and Emma Robertson (La Trobe) will talk about visual sources and photographic archives.
5.00–6.15pm (AEDT) Monday 24 October 2022.
Further information and registration via the ASSLH website
2022 J C Bannon Oration: Volunteering for the Ages
Hosted by St. Mark's College, this year's J.C. Bannon Oration will be given by Professor Melanie Oppenheimer FASSA. Melanie Oppenheimer is a historian and researcher at the Australian National University, and member of Volunteering Australia’s National Strategy for Volunteering Council and Chair of its Research Working Group. 18 October 2022, 5.15pm at St. Mark's College or via Zoom webinar.
Further information through the event's website.
Talking History: The South Australian Frontier and its Legacies
Join Dr. Skye Krichauff, Associate Professor Rob Foster and Mandy Paul as they share the research findings on the South Australian Frontier and its Legacies Project. The project aims to map the nature and extent of conflict between Aboriginal people and settler-colonists on the South Australian frontier (from the beginnings of colonisation to 1900).
This free public lecture is part of the History Trust of South Australia's Talking History lecture series.
October 18, 2022. 6.00pm - 7.30pm. Napier building, G04 Theatre, University of Adelaide.
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.
Rachel Perkins' The Australian Wars
This documentary series, available on SBS On Demand, covers the battles fought on home soil as the colonial frontier pushed forward, and First Nations peoples resisted.
On ABC Radio National's Screen Show, Rachel talked about how early European settlers openly discussed the war on Aboriginal people.
Listen to the episode on ABC here.
Ikarian Migration 1900 - 1945
A lecture by Yianni Cartledge. To be held 23 October at 2pm, Ikarian Hall, 24 Arthur street, Unley.
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 Sandra Kearney of Flinders University on ‘The questions asked and the answers found: letters to and from the South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau in the First World War’. 14 October.
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
Whispering Wire: Tracing the Overland Telegraph Line through the Heart of Australia by Rosamund Burton
23 October 2022 marks the 150-year anniversary of the historic operation of Australia's first international telegraph service, the Overland Telegraph Line. This book interweaves history and travel adventures as the author traces the 3200km Overland Telegraph Line from Adelaide to Darwin.
Further information here (media release)
Secrets of Dulwich and its nearby surroundings, by Polly Dundon
The product of a two-year research process, this book offers readers a detailed and captivating look into the depths of the suburb's rich history.
Get your copy for $40 via email at [email protected] or calling 0435 246 448
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.
Biennial Australian Maritime History Awards
Sponsored jointly by the Australian Association for Maritime History and the Australian National Maritime Museum, there are two awards being offered:
The 2023 Frank Boeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize
To be awarded for a non-fiction book treating any aspect of maritime history relating to or affecting Australia, written or co-authored by an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and published between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2022.
Download the nomination form here.
The 2023 Australian Community Maritime History Prize
To be awarded to a regional or local museum or historical society for a publication (book, booklet, educational resource kit, DVD, film or other print or digital media, including websites, databases and oral histories) relating to an aspect of maritime history of that region or community, and published between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2022.
Download the nomination form here.
Nominations for both close 30 March 2023
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