Newsletter 8 August 2023
HCSA Membership Renewal
As the new financial year is upon us, we ask that you please take the time to renew your memberships for the 2023/2024 financial year (if you have not already done so)
You can renew your membership here.
Memberships can be renewed via credit card, EFT, cheque, and bank transfers. Invoices can be generated at the above link.
Additionally, you may also consider donating to the HCSA, which can be done as you renew, or separately through the link below:
Donate to the HCSA here.
Donations are tax deductible, and go towards supporting:
- The HCSA Fellowship
- The Historian Awards
- Public lectures (regional and city)
- Advocating for history in SA
- Daily operations
- Further work undertaken by the HCSA
We thank you again for your support.
History Council of South Australia Annual General Meeting
Featuring speaker Lainie Anderson on 'The Greatest Air Race' - Sir Ross Smith's 1919 flight from London to Darwin. The HCSA AGM will be held 4 October at the Historian Hotel, 18 Coromandel Place, Adelaide. 530pm for a 5.45 start.
Further information on our website here.
Book through Eventbrite here.
Download the Nomination form for election to the Committees here
Historical Society of South Australia September Meeting
Featuring Ros Gooden on 'Flinders Street Baptists - facilities for a New Community.' 1 September, 7.30pm. Burnside City Uniting Church. Visitors $5 entry.
Z Ward: A new era
The title and keys of Z Ward have officially been handed to the National Trust. The historic site's 'Behind the walls' and 'Adelaide Haunted Horizons' tours have garnered such attention that Adelaide Haunted Horizons are now planning to double the number of tours offered.
The History Trust team is exploring possibilities for the future utilisation of Z Ward, aiming to preserve its rich heritage while contributing to the community.
Find out more about Z Ward on its website
Professional Historians Association National Conference 2023: Other Histories: Other Audiences
To be held in Adelaide, 16-17 September 2023.
Further information and registration through their website
HCSA Historian Awards 2023 Winners and History Festival Finale
A recap of the history festival finale and our award winners is available on our website.
View it here.
Unley Museum is seeking items on LeCornu's
LeCornu's was an icon in the city for many years, and Unley Museum is interested in preserving memories of the site. If you have photographs, catalogs, brochures, or any other LeCornu's material you would be willing to donate to their collection, please email the museum at [email protected]
Art on trial in colonial Adelaide, by Stephen Graham
In this short essay, Stephen draws upon research looking at patronage, market frailty, and taste in mid-nineteenth century Adelaide.
Read the essay in Meanjin here.
SA Labour History Society AGM: Bargaining for a better deal - Enterprise bargaining past and future
Featuring speakers Larissa Harrison, of the United Worker's Union, Professor Andrew Stewart, and Ralph Clarke - former Clerks Union Secretary. 20 August, 2.30 - 4.30pm, Box Factory, 59 Regent Street South. Free event - all welcome, no bookings necessary.
Lectures, exhibitions, and events
Part of Family History Month, State Records of South Australia, The State Library, and the National Archives of South Australia are joining forces to help you discover your family in shipping and passenger records from their collections.
16 August, 12 - 1pm, Hetzel Lecture Theatre, State Library of South Australia.
Further information and registration through Eventbrite.
'Picture this!' Guide to Photosearch
Learn how to explore images in the national archival collection at this free event. 22 August, 12 - 1pm, Hetzel Lecture Theatre, State Library of South Australia.
Further information and registration through Eventbrite
Irish family history: Free webinar
Hosted by the National Archives of Australia. Explore a range of Irish records, passenger records, relevant newspapers, guides, images, documents, and much more. 28 August 2023, 10am-12pm AEST.
Further information and registration through the NAA website
Flinders History Seminars Semester 2
The seminars are back on in semester 2, the next seminar being Dr. Michael Barbezat on The Christmas when all the Sodomites Died: The Life and Significance of a strange Medieval Legend' on 11 August.
Seminars are held Fridays, 11.15am - 12.30pm, this week's seminar will be at Social Sciences South 145 (Bedford Park) or online through Microsoft Teams.
Schedule and further information here.
Meet the author - Dean Ashenden
In Telling Tennant's Story, Dean combines memoir, political, and intellectual history to understand how the story of 'relations between two racial groups' has been told and not told. 28 September, 7-8pm, Unley Town Hall. $4 on booking, bookings essential.
Further information and registration through the City of Unley website
Introduction to oral history workshop
Join Oral History SA/NT for a hands-on workshop on oral history practice, focusing on research, ethics, interviewing techniques, transcribing, and equipment. 13 August 2023, 12.30 - 4.30pm. Gawler.
Further information and registration 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.
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.
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)
Around the country
Shortlist announced for 2023 NSW Premier's History Awards
The Premier of NSW, the Hon, Chris Minns MP has announced the shortlists for the 2023 awards.
Read more on the State Library of NSW website
One million Second World War records now digitised
In July the National Archives of Australia surpassed this significant milestone as part of a large-scale digitisation effort.
More information on their website
Digitised NSW subdivision plans
Over 4,600 historic plans of 460 regional towns in NSW have recently been digitised and made available for the first time.
Search and view the collection on the State Library of NSW website
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
John Rymill - Polar Pioneer, by Peter Rymill
Peter Rymill will be hosting the Adelaide launch of his biography of his father, at the SA museum, 6pm, Friday 29 September. Booking details will be shared closer to the event.
New Perspectives on the Greek War of Independence
Congratulations to our secretary Yianni Cartledge for the launch of his book New Perspectives on the Greek War of Independence. A recording of the launch has been uploaded to Youtube.
You can view the recording here.
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
Extended Call for Papers: HCSA 20 Year Anniversary Book Project
Dear HCSA members, 2023 marks 20 years of the HCSA, and we are seeking expressions of interest in contributing to a commemorative anniversary book. Due to significant interest in the project, we have decided to reopen and extend the call for papers.
Submissions will be short pieces (up to 600 words + 1 image) that showcase a unique aspect of South Australian history. If you are interested in participating, please send your name, contact details and a brief description (1-2 sentences) of what you or your organisation may wish to contribute by 30 September 2023. Please also make sure you are a current financial member of the HCSA.
All expressions of interest or questions can be directed to our secretary: [email protected]
2023 Australasian Drama Studies Conference: Archives, Artists, and Absences
Being held 27 November to 1 December 2023, Adelaide.
Further information here.
The Ruby Awards 2023
An annual award that recognises artistic excellence, creative achievement, innovation, community involvement, and inspirational leadership in South Australia's arts and culture sector. Nominations close 4 September 2023.
Further information on their website here
South Australian History Fund
An annual grant program offered by the History Trust of South Australia for projects, research, or publications that contribute to the knowledge, understanding, or sharing of South Australia's rich history.
Applications due 12 August 2023.
Further information on the History Trust's 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]
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