Newsletter 19 December 2023
End of Year Thank You from the President
On behalf of the Executive Committee, thank you all for your support and hard work during 2023. It has been a very busy year and the HCSA is very grateful for the efforts of all its members and partner institutions. Winding down for a brief pause at year’s end, we continue to watch with interest a number of developments that we have offered public comment on, including the Riverlea development, and the cuts to history in universities, not least of all at ACU. We also continue to think about ways to advocate for fairer funding for our cultural institutions and archives. At the same time, we remember fondly some fantastic events from this year, such as bestowing our prizes and awards and our regional lecture in Whyalla. Enjoy the festive season and we look forward to recommencing our work again in early 2024.
– Matt Fitzpatrick
Encounter Celebration Organisation: sculpture fundraising drive
The Encounter Celebration Organisation Victor Harbor Inc. (ECOVHI) is a non-profit organisation, committed to fostering knowledge and understanding of the role that the navigators and explorers Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin played in our maritime history. Captain Matthew Flinders, commander of the Investigator and Captain Nicolas Baudin, commander of Le Géographe, met near Victor Harbor on 8th and 9th April, 1802, in Ramindjeri Ngarrindjeri Waters subsequently named Encounter Bay, by Matthew Flinders.
It is our intention to erect an interpretive sculpture in Victor Harbor which will tell the story of Flinders and Baudin and their part in the mapping of Australia. It will also provide an opportunity for the Ngarrindjerri people to have a platform to tell their history.
In an effort to raise the funds needed to complete this project we have been accepted by the Australian Cultural Foundation for them to receive donations on our behalf. Each donation will receive a taxation receipt. We have in principle approval to build the interpretive sculpture from The City of Victor Harbor and letters of support from, among others, History S.A., the French and British S.A. Consulates, Monument Australia, the Ngarrindjerri Aboriginal Commission.
We have received promises of in excess of $70,000 so far to complete our project, but need a roughly that amount again before we can start to build the sculpture.
To donate please visit the Australian Cultural Fund Website.
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:
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).
Around the Country
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
South Australia's History Festival 2024: Power
The South Australia History Festival is set for May 2024.
Event registrations are now open on their website.
Australian Heritage Festival 2024: Connections
Australia's largest annual community-driven celebration of heritage will take place in South Australia from 18 April to 19 May 2024.
Event registrations are now open on their website.
Lust for lifestyle: modern Adelaide homes 1950-1965
The State Library of South Australia's popular exhibition is now online, exploring post-World War II shifts in lifestyle and design preferences.,
View the digital exhibition on the SLSA website
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
Secrets of Rose Park, Toorak Gardens, Dulwich… and Districts Beyond, by Polly Dundon
The second book of neighbourhood social history in the “Secrets” Collection by local author, Polly Dundon – Secrets of Rose Park, Toorak Gardens, Dulwich… and Districts Beyond – is now available. Through 14 chapters and more than 185 images, the latest ‘coffee table’ book tells stories, many as yet unpublished, of the area’s original inhabitants and early settlers. The cost of the book is $50, postage extra.
Orders can be placed by emailing [email protected] or texting 0432 633 994.
Calls for papers
Call for contributions: Fighting Cancer and preventing smoking in the UK, its Colonies and Commonwealth, 1920s-1970s
Abstracts due 11 March 2024.
Further information through H-Net
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
The History Council of South Australia Historian Awards and Wakefield Press Essay Prize
Both awards will be open for submissions from the new year until 5 April 2024.
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.
Further information about the Historian Awards
The Wakefield Press Essay Prize is awarded for the best essay on a topic relating to the history of South Australia.
Further information about the Wakefield Press Essay Prize