Newsletter 29 November 2022
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]
HCSA AGM 2022
A successful AGM was held on Wednesday 2 November at the Historian Hotel, Adelaide. There were around 30 attendees, a new General Committee was organised, and most of the Executive Committee members stayed on for another term. President Gillian Dooley gave an annual report which you can read here.
Stephen V. Graham also gave a fantastic presentation on his Wakefield Press Essay Prize winning paper, titled 'Open Doors: The Art of Charity in the Promised Land'. Many thanks to everyone involved, and here's to a productive year ahead!
The History Trust of South Australia has a new education website
Featuring resources to engage students and support educators in teaching and learning South Australian history.
Check the website out here
Law Reform and the Death of Dr. Duncan
Fifty years ago, the murder of Dr. Ian Duncan - a gay law professor who moved to Adelaide in March 1972 - sparked public outrage and major law reform.
Read this guest post on the Wakefield Press website
State Records SA Draft Strategic Plan 2023-2026
The draft strategic plan is now out for consultation, submissions are open until 9 December 2022.
You can view the draft and provide feedback via the YourSAy consultation page here.
How the Overland Telegraph changed Journalism in South Australia
The ability to receive almost instantaneous news from the other side of the globe and print it in the morning paper changed journalism.
Read the story on the State Library of South Australia website.
Burnside Historical Society
At the General meeting on the 20th of February historian Skye Krichauff will be speaking on early relations between the Tarndanya people of the Adelaide Plains and European colonists, 1836-1840.
View the flyer for further information.
SA Heritage Council: Heritage News October 2022
The October edition of Heritage News is now available. Included are details about the Heritage Friday Forum on 2 December about the archaeological findings at the West End Brewery site.
View the newsletter (pdf)
'Ships of the Desert': Broken Hill pays tribute to cameleers who forged paths through outback Australia
Recently, Historians and descendants gathered in Broken Hill to celebrate and remember the cameleers who brought vital supplies to inland Australia.
Read the article on SBS here.
Planning System Implementation Review Update
On Monday 17 October 2022, the Planning System Implementation Review's Expert Panel released three discussion papers, and registrations opened for a series of engagement workshops. The workshops and papers are available on the website 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
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.
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
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.
Lectures, exhibitions, and events
Peter Hobbins, ‘Faking it? The RAAF’s adoption of flight simulation, 1936-60’, Conflict and Society Webinar
In 1947, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) suffered the highest flying accident rate in its history. Its newly established Synthetic Training Panel soon investigated the novel Dehmel-type flight simulators entering service with American and British air arms. In 1952 the RAAF ordered two dedicated flight simulators for its Avon Sabre fighter. Did this new approach truly transform Australia’s airpower preparedness, flying safety and operational capabilities?
This webinar, by Dr Peter Hobbins, Head of Knowledge, Australian National Maritime Museum, seeks to answer this question, and more. 7 December 2022, 6pm AEST, online
Rocking the Foundations: free film screening and Q&A
Rocking the Foundations is a historical account of the Green bans introduced by the NSW Builder's Labourer's Federation in the 1970s in response to community demand to preserve inner-Sydney parkland and historic buildings.
28 November, 5.30pm - 8.00pm, TAFE lecture theatre, 120 Currie street, Adelaide.
Further information and registration via Eventbrite.
View the event flyer here.
Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage Month and the Smithsonian is celebrating with art, events, and online exhibitions throughout the month.
Pondering Pocohontas with Paul Chaat Smith
Pocohontas is a Native American heroine, so why is she dressed like European royalty in her painting at the national portrait gallery? In this podcast, curator and author Paul Chaat Smith separates out what we know and what we think we know about this iconic figure.
Listen to the podcast here.
Native Words, Native Warriors: The Code talkers of World Wars I and II
This online exhibition by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian is about the hundreds of American Indians who utilised their native languages to subvert the enemy.
View the exhibition and collection here.
The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian has compiled a list of online exhibitions on their website.
View the list here.
Crazy Bastard: A Memoir of Forced Adoption by Abraham Maddison
Derek Pedley abandons his 30-year journalism career on the brink of a breakdown, haunted by addiction, compulsion and obsession, and carrying the heavy baggage of a boy who found his adoption papers at 15.
When an anguished letter his mother wrote almost half a century earlier arrives five years after her death, it raises more questions than it answers. The man who was born Abraham Maddison embarks on a quest to find the truth, uncovering a story of heartbreak and lies that echoes the pain of tens of thousands of mothers and children, robbed of each other by Australia’s Forced Adoption era. Release: March 2023.
Further information in the media release
New Perspectives on the Greek War of Independence: Myths, Realities, Legacies, and Reflections, edited by Yianni Cartledge and Andrekos Varnava
Presents new research on the Greek War of Independence, connects the war to wider European and Asian history, and considers the importance of the Greek War of Independence for the present moment.
Further information and purchase through Springer
Dreamers and Schemers: A Political History of Australia by Frank Buongiorno
In this work, renowned historian Frank Buongiorno presents a social and cultural history of Australia's political life, from pre-settlement Indigenous systems to the present day.
Further information and ordering through Black Inc Books
Book launch: The Defiant Anti-Conscriptionist: The Curious Life of E.H. Coombe by Helen Hennessy and Patricia Booth
Sunday 27 November, 2pm - 3.30pm. Gawler Civic Centre. Please RSVP by 21 November.
Read the media release here (pdf).
See the event flyer for further information (pdf).
Secrets of Dulwich and its nearby surroundings, by Polly Dundon
"Secrets of Dulwich" , a self published Coffee Table Book by Polly Dundon, has proved such a success that now she is " crossing over " to write past and oral history of neighbouring suburbs of Rose Park and Toorak Gardens.
Information is emerging so quickly that it is proving a great advance for researching and writing Book 2. People are buying for personal enjoyment and also as gifts for family members
Price is $40 and orders can be made by emailing "[email protected]" or calling 0432 633 994
Calls for papers
Journal Seeks Contributors on Oral Histories
The Editor of Agora is seeking contributions from historians for an upcoming issue on the theme 'Oral Histories'. Agora is the professional reading journal of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria, so submissions need to target themes studied as part of the Victorian History Curriculum at any year level. As an indication, articles may outline:
• a case study of how oral accounts have informed knowledge about a particular history (Victorian Curriculum)
• the challenges of using oral history as a source
• the way digital technologies have changed the potential scope of oral histories
* how to construct a really strong oral history project
• interviewing techniques to make the most of an oral history opportunity
• a guide to oral history resources
• a review describing current thinking on a particular oral history or on the practice of oral history.
Submissions of up to 2000 words, plus references, are due by March 2023. Email a brief proposal to [email protected], and see the HTAV website here for contributor guidelines. By writing for History teachers you’ll be helping them to inspire their students to continue their History studies, and in some cases to become future historians themselves.
Forced Migration: Exiles and Refugees in the UK and British Empire, 1810s - 1940s
This volume focuses on the movement and settlement of political exiles and refugees from various parts of the world (including from the British Empire) in the UK and the wider British Empire from the 1810s to the 1940s, before the establishment of the United Nations Refugee Convention in 1951. Abstracts due 13 February 2023.
Further information on H-net
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.
PhD Scholarships at the Australian Catholic University
For projects exploring the histories and legacies of the Dutch East India Company in the Indian Ocean World. Applications close 27 November 2022.
Further information on H-net
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