Newsletters April 2019
The HCSA continues to be busy. Since our last newsletter members of the committee have been meeting with various organisations around the city to do with existing awards and proposed fellowships. Nominations are also being submitted for the Historian of the Year Awards 2019. If you haven't already submitted a nomination form please feel free to download the form below and submit before the 30 April. The launch event of the 2019 History Festival Program was vibrant, colourful and very enjoyable. Programs are readily available now to peruse and I suggest you have a pen close to hand as there are 700 events happening around the state next month!
In the lead up to History Festival May events, the Epic Flight Centre has a number of wonderful celebrations taking place for the centenary of the Smith Brothers flight from Europe to Australian in 1919. Gawler Cultural Heritage Centre opened in April and Meredith Ide has kindly submitted a short article on the event. The Selden Society of South Australia also has an interesting talk taking place in early May that will be of interest to many of you. And last but not least, the Migration Museum and Oral History Australia (SA Branch) have a number of talks or workshops also about to happen. Until next time......
News and Events
2019 Historian of the Year nominations closing soon!
The Historian of the Year awards is presented by the History Council of South Australia in partnership with Wakefield Press and the History Trust of South Australia. Winners will be announced at a private gala event to be held on 31 May 2019.
To submit a nomination for any of the four categories for Historian of the Year download a nomination form below or contact the HCSA Secretary at [email protected]
Nominations closed on 30th April 2019
There are four categories to choose from:
Life Long Historian
This award honours outstanding and sustained achievements in one or more of the following areas: history teaching, historical research and scholarship, writing or presentation on historical topics, raising community awareness of history and heritage, and strengthening the community profile of history. It is made to persons usually resident in SA.
This award recognizes outstanding achievements in one or more of the following areas: history teaching, historical research and scholarship, writing or presentation on historical topics, raising community awareness of history and heritage, and strengthening the community profile of history. It is made to persons usually resident in SA who have been involved in history or heritage activities for 10 years or less.
Historian of the Year
This award honours outstanding achievements in one or more of the following areas: history teaching, historical research and scholarship, writing or presentation on historical topics, raising community awareness of history and heritage, and strengthening the community profile of history. It is made to persons usually resident in SA.
This award honours outstanding achievements regarding regional* history in one or more of the following areas: history teaching, historical research and scholarship, writing or presentation on historical topics, raising community awareness of history and heritage, and strengthening the community profile of history. It is made to persons usually resident in SA. * Regional history encompasses everywhere outside of metropolitan Adelaide as defined by the Metropolitan Adelaide Boundary (Development Act 1993). For a map of the metropolitan boundary visit the Data SA website
Further information: The award winners will be decided on the basis of nominations submitted by the closing date. The judges will be appointed by the Executive of the HCSA after nominations have closed; the judges' decision will be final. Nominees may be moved into different award categories at the judges’ discretion. Persons who have been nominated for an award in previous years are eligible for re-nomination.
EPIC FLIGHT CENTRE
May 1: The first of four 1919 Air Race lectures at the SA Aviation Museum, running throughout May for South Australia's History Festival.
May 1 - June 15: Adelaide University showcases its Sir Keith Smith Collection. Barr Smith Library.
May 3: Epic Flight Centenary Magical Mystery Bus Tour of key sites across Adelaide.
May 5: Get your epic flight memorabilia valued, thanks to the Australian Postcard Society. Torrens Parade Ground.
May 17: Celebrating the life of Vickers Vimy mechanic Wally Shiers at his resting place, Centennial Park.
May 20: Book launch. Wakefield Press launches Flight to Fame, a new edition of Sir Ross Smith's gripping account of his epic flight. Torrens Parade Ground.
May 28: Talking History: The Flight That Shrank The World. Exploring how the feat was achieved, and its enduring legacies. Torrens Parade Ground.
June 15: Sir Ross Smith Commemoration Service, marking the 97th anniversary of his death. St Peter's Cathedral.
Check out the website for further details on all events (and of course you'll also find the May events in the SA History Festival program in tomorrow's edition of The Advertiser).
Oral History Australia (SA Branch)
Oral History SA/NT has an interesting workshop planned in July, which may be of interest to you.
OHA would appreciate it if you could publicise this event across your networks and they look forward to lots of HCSA members attending the event. They hope that it will help your members to prepare their prize-winning entries for the 2019 or 2020 Reed Family History Prize!
Also happening with the OHA (SA Branch)
Create audio and visual presentations with your oral history recordings
Are your oral history recordings sitting in an archive, not being used?
Have you ever wanted to make use of the recordings for displays, a website or presentations?
If so, this workshop is for you.
This hands-on workshop will teach you how to:
use audio editing software to edit your interviews,
create audio clips with added sound effects for use in a range of settings, such as on a website, or displays in a community centre, library or museum, and
use audio clips and photographs to create a visual presentation.
Date: Saturday, 27 April 2019
Time: 10am – 3.30pm
Venue: University of South Australia (Magill Campus, H Building, first-floor conference room – lift facilities available). A campus map is available here. There is free parking available off St Bernards Road, or opposite the campus, entrance off Edwards Street and on the old tennis courts.
Cost: $90 per person per day or $60 for concession*/pension/student/
Opening of Gawler’s new Cultural Centre from Meredith Ide
Monday 8 April I attended the Into the Light: Gawler’s Place in History Exhibition in the new Heritage Gallery launched by the Hon John Dawkins in the refurbished Gawler Institute Hall, 89-91 Murray Street, Gawler. There were many speeches and Thank You’s, particularly for Mayor Karen Redman and the diligent committee who persevered with the massive project. Denise Schumann received accolades for working with Council's collection of thousands of artefacts to begin, as the Mayor stated "a renaissance with the collection". The Mayor stressed that Denise's passion for the job was at its centre. Denise knew the best professionals to achieve the highest quality job in various aspects of the refurbishment and especially achieving a remarkable job in creating a gallery where the Council once met. Mayor Redman stressed the importance of cultural heritage. Federal funding for $5-6m, initially applied for, was rejected. However with Denise's experience and expertise funding was finally approved, and matched by the Council. Denise advised on a strategy for managing the collection and its preservation and assisted in implementing a cultural heritage plan, adopted by Council. Mayor Redman spoke enthusiastically saying that it was an exciting time for Gawler and an important time for culture.
In her response, Denise stated that the Gawler community dared to dream in 2012/13. What happened after that was complex and life-changing, from examining the local collection and the vital stories told, to the development of the Gawler Institute and Town Hall. Cultural interpretive facilities were developed to display some of Gawler’s unique cultural history, enhanced with contributions the Kaurna peoples. Some were present and acknowledged at the exhibition opening. Denise stressed that cultural heritage is the driver of the economy, bringing life into Gawler’s history. The exhibition in the new Heritage Gallery Into the Light: Gawler’s Place in History displays Gawler’s distinctive character as any local cultural heritage presentation should. As Denise stated, this presentation gives a reason and a better understanding of Gawler’s history and a sense of place. The history she argued is important, as it takes us back and aids our memory.
Gawler Council’s major project conceived and developed over many years, from the conception of a bold idea, through a daunting plan, created unique and useable spaces. While there were some detractors if they were to examine the finished product they should be amazed. Getting the right person to guide the various stages is paramount and having enlightened people within an organization is essential to achieve a modern approach to interpreting cultural heritage. Breathing life into places exhibiting local history is essential to enthuse people of all ages in a community and develop a better understanding of that area.
Make time to go to Gawler and see the transformation, not just to the buildings themselves but examine aspects of the Collection in the current exhibition enhanced with relevant additions.
Gawler Institute Hall, 89-91 Murray Street, Gawler
Jacinta Weiss, Gawler Cultural Heritage Coordinator
Tel: (08) 8522 9268
Email: [email protected]
The Selden Society of South Australia is hosting a public lecture in early May to be given by Professor Paul Brand from All Souls College, Oxford - Booking essential. Please book here.
Barossa History Fair
Dear History Lovers,
The Barossa History Fair has returned for its second year, and it looks like being bigger and better. So far, registered bookings for the event number over 150, they keep rolling in, and we've still got more than two weeks to go!
The number of participants has also increased and this year we will have real coffee, some good local wines on sale, and a range of yummy foods like "Band Burgers" and authentic German hot dogs and desserts, like red grape Rote'Grutze. They'll even be face painting and more kids' activities.
We have another round of special guests speaking on a wide variety of topics, including:
Session 1 (12:30): Mr Ev Leske, "An introduction to German Lutheran settlement in the Barossa"
Session 2 (1:30): Round table: "The Streets of Nuriootpa: The Way We Were"
Session 3 (2:30): Dr Skye Krichauff, ‘A cellar full of artefacts’: an examination of settler descendants’ consciousness of the colonial past
Session 4 (4:30): Mr Allen Tiller, "Ghosts of the Barossa"
I hope you agree with us that these topics are both diverse and interesting. But don't delay in booking your tickets - the sessions are filling up very quickly.
While you're at it
Don't forget to also book your free Entry Tickets to the Barossa History Fair. Registered entries get a free chance to win our door prize worth $50 (you'll need to "check in" on the day). Registrations allow us to better plan for catering on the day, and there will be some great foods, real coffee and some quality local wines on offer.
And it's not too late to be a participant - it's free and we'd love to have you involved.
We look forward to seeing you at this year's event on Saturday, the 4th of May.
History Council of South Australia