Newsletter 27 June 2023
Announcing the winners of the 2023 Historian Awards and Wakefield Press Essay Prize
At the end of May we celebrated the 2023 South Australian History Festival and announced the Historian Award and Essay Prize winners.
Wakefield Press has written about the awards night in their newsletter here
You can read the History Trust's media release on the night here
Wakefield Press Essay Prize
Susan Arthure for Rage and Resistance: Remembering the Women of Baker's Flat
The judges found this original research provides a refreshing new insight into the names, lives and circumstances of the Irish women who fiercely defended their homes at Baker's Flat in the late 1800s. In doing so, they successfully contested the power of the dominant male establishment figures.
Robyn Dunlop for A Painted Landscape: Hans Heysen, Aroona and Aboriginal History in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia, 1927-28
The judges referred to this as a well-considered and unique exploration into the complexities of European and Indigenous perspectives of the iconic Flinders Ranges landscape and its representation in art history.
For over a decade Lainie Anderson has researched the story of the Vickers Vimy and and the lives of dedicated airmen Ross and Keith Smith. Her work culminated in publications, a one-hour television documentary and, with the History Trust, a website dedicated to the Smith brothers' flight from England to Australia in 1919.
You can visit the website here.
Excellence in Oral History:
Ricki Koopman and Danni Reade
The Don’t Overdue It podcast created and produced by Mount Gambier Library staff Members Ricky Koopman and Danni Reade showcases Library programs and events as well as enhancing stories from Mount Gambier’s past; creating a modern, engaging, and accessible gateway to the physical items in the collection. The interviews are both fascinating and thought-provoking.
Wayne Groom and Dr. Carolyn Bilsborow
This team has, since 2012, researched and produced four feature-length documentaries about Australian history, predominantly focused on South Australia. Their research into historic images, film, audio, and interviews has adapted old technology in to the digital world of DVDs, websites, and documentaries.
Regional or Community:
Alan has published eleven regional histories, many of which are seminal works on the areas involved. Over many years Alan has dedicated his research and writing to ensure that the history of our regional communities and agricultural industries is preserved.
Historian of the Year:
Stephen Oppes has brought together aspects of performance to capture the history of stories and poetry from the Great War in the play "Of Auburn". The play combines theatre, poetry, personal testimony, and live music combined with audio-visual technology to tell the stories of volunteer nurses in the war through the character of Madge Yeatman and the war-time poetry and life of CJ Dennis. The detailed research is highlighted through unique engagement with local and world history.
Prof. Peter Monteath and Dr. Philip Jones
Peter Monteath has dedicated his academic and publishing career to researching and recording history including the Spanish Civil war, Colonialism in China, and the local internment on Torrens Island during the Great War. His publications include over two dozen books, and numerous journal articles and book chapters. His longstanding and meticulous research and publications are an example of dedication and professionalism.
Philip Jones has authored almost seventy journal articles and eight books, and has five more books in preparation. He has also curated seventeen exhibitions himself, and eleven jointly. As well as his research and publishing, Philip contributes to cultural and history-based societies and committees. He has produced a legacy of history research that allows people to easily engage with exhibitions and displays.
Historical Society of South Australia General Meeting
Featuring Jenny Tilby Stock speaking on 'The brief parliamentary career of Miss Kay Brownbill, SA's first female Member of the House of Representatives'. July 7, 7.30pm. Burnside City Uniting Church. Visitors welcome $5 entry.
History Trust Future Fund Appeal
The History Trust announced the commencement of its 2023 Future Fund Appeal on Monday 15 May 2023. The Future Fund will support a number of History Trust Projects, including:
- Greater access to South Australia's history through new online education resources for students and teachers for all metropolitan, regional, and remote schools
- Renewing permanent exhibitions at History Trust museums
- Growing and preserving the State History Collection
Lectures, exhibitions, and events
The Second Annual Gladys Elphick Oration: South Australia's Democratic Leadership: the Voice in History
Join Attorney-General, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and Minister for Industrial Relations and the Public Service, the Honourable Kyam Maher MLC as he delivers this year's Gladys Elphick Oration. Hear how South Australia's leadership in the establishment of a First Nations voice to Parliament will continue to shape the national conversation. 4 July 2023, 6.45pm for a start at 7pm.
Further information and tickets through Eventbrite
Bay to Birdwood 2023
Registrations for this year's Bay to Birdwood - one of the world's great historic motoring events - have opened, with places filling up fast.
The event will be held 22 October 2023.
Further information and registration here.
Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine (ANZSHM) Conference 2023: Second Opinions
To be held in Adelaide, 12-14 July 2023.
Further information available on the conference website here
A provisional program is available on their website here
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.
Friends of Lutheran Archives Events
The friends of Lutheran Archives have events coming up in the next few months, including:
Missionary Christian Gottlob Teichelmann: a life of patient endurance with speaker Christine Lockwood on 29 June.
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)
Ahlan wa Sahlan (welcome): Hospitality in Arabic Culture
This new exhibition at the Migration Museum features the inviting and vibrant traditions of Arabic speaking cultures. 4 February - 31 July 2023.
Further information on the Migration Museum website.
Around the country
World's first exhibition of 19th century Australia's best unknown artist, Charles Rodius
The State Library of NSW is currently staging the first retrospective exhibition of Charles Rodius (1802 - 1860), featuring over 90 original watercolours, drawings, and prints, many never seen by Australian audiences. On now until 12 May 2024.
Further information on the SLNSW website
Agora: Oral Histories
The latest edition of the History Teacher's Association of Victoria's journal, Agora, is now available for purchase. The latest edition is on the theme of oral histories. Some of the articles in this edition include:
- how Indigenous Australians ensured the accurate retelling of ancient stories of Country confirmed by geological evidence of climate change
- tips from a journalist about how to conduct an interview
- how bias, shifts in memory construction and the effects of trauma can influence oral accounts
- how folklore such as ghost stories can reveal a community’s response to traumatic historical events
- and more!
The Pirate Bushrangers by Allen Tiller
A true story of murder, robbery, and bloodshed across three Australian States. Patrick O’Connor and Henry Bradley were convicts sent to Port Arthur in Tasmania. Both were noted for increasingly bad behaviour and sent to the notorious penal colony on Norfolk Island to be broken. After serving their time in the infamous Norfolk penal colony, they were transported back to Tasmania within weeks of each other. They met again as 'ticket of leave' men and began a murderous rampage in northern Tasmania as bushrangers. They stole a ship at Circular Head van Diemen’s Land becoming pirates, sailed to Cape Schanck, and returned to bushranging in Victoria, where they were eventually caught and hanged.
This is the story of the pirate bushrangers who for 40 days were two of the most brutal, bloodthirsty villains in southern Australia’s history
Further information and purchase through Amazon
Haunted Salisbury: South Australia by Allen Tiller
The culmination of many years of research into the haunted history of Salisbury, South Australia by award-winning paranormal historian, Allen Tiller. In this book, Allen Tiller investigates the origins of historic local hauntings and crimes, Salisbury’s founding, and the people who shaped the City of Salisbury, some of whom, are now alleged to haunt the places they lived and worked.
Allen Tiller is a university-educated, award-winning paranormal historian from Gawler, South Australia. He was a member of the cast of the television show Haunting: Australia, and the best-selling author of The Haunts of Adelaide: Revised Edition, and Haunted Adelaide, the first book in this series about hauntings, history and crimes in Australia.
Further information and purchase through Amazon
Secrets of Dulwich, by Polly Dundon
The first print run of Secrets of Dulwich, which had sold out, is now back for sale with another 60 copies available.
Because of the support and encouragement of book 1, Polly has now started on 'Secrets of Dulwich, Rose Park, Toorak Gardens, and beyond.' which will be available late 2023.
For further information contact the author at [email protected] or 0432 633 994.
Calls for papers
2023 Australasian Drama Studies Conference: Archives, Artists, and Absences
Being held 27 November to 1 December 2023, Adelaide.
Further information here.
AAHANZBS Conference: Learning from the past
Academic Association of Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools (AAHANZBS) 14th Annual Conference, 30 November – 1 December 2023. The conference is seeking submissions addressing the theme 'Learning from the past'. Abstracts due 7 July 2023.
Further information about the conference through the University of Sydney
Further information about the call for papers here (pdf)
Journal of Australasian Mining History CFP
Submissions due 1 July 2023
Further information available here.
State Library of New South Wales Fellowships
Applications are now open for a number of fellowships to support the study, writing, and teaching of Australian history and culture. Applications close 14 July 2023, 5pm.
Further information and registration on the SLNSW website.
Editorship of the Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society
The Royal Australian Historical Society is looking for a new editor for its biannual journal, the Journal of the royal Australian Historical Society. The appointment will be made before the end of this year by the RAHS Council. The new editor will receive a handover from the current editor Christine Yeats and the History House Team before starting in February 2024 to help prepare the June 2024 issue. The editor is supported by an Editorial Board, Publications Committee and the History House Team. Applications due 31 August 2023.
For further information please contact [email protected]
Federation of Australian Historical Societies Awards
The FAHS has two annual awards that are currently open for nominations: the Fellowship Award and the Merit Award. Nominations for both close 31 July 2023.
Further information on the FAHS website
Bernadette Bean South Australian Records Management Service Excellence Award
Looking to celebrate current, new, and past outstanding SA practitioners, teams, students, researchers, historians, volunteers, and others in the areas of records management, archives management, and history, cultural heritage, museum or library collections management. Nominations are now open until 8 July 2023.
Further information on the award website.
Friends of Lutheran Archives Annual Research Fellowship
Open to emerging or established researchers, resident in Australia or abroad, and engaged in small or large research projects on any topic utilizing the resources of the Lutheran Archives. Applications due 9 August 2023.
Further information and application form through the Lutheran Church of Australia website
Lizzie Russel Oral History Grant Scheme
For financial members of Oral History Australia SA/NT, this grant aims to foster small oral history initiatives in South Australia or the Northern Territory. Applications close June 30.
Further information on the Oral History Australia SA/NT website