Newsletters March 2019
While our Enewsletter has been quiet for a short while, it is hoped you have been receiving our email bulletins and of course you can always follow our Facebook page. The HCSA is currently in the process of updating its website and membership platform so we look forward to introducing you to our new look in the coming weeks.
In the interim, we have already received applications for the Wakefield Essay Prize, the winners will be announced at a Gala Event in May. The Historian Awards will also be announced at this wonderful event so if you haven't already submitted a nomination, now is the time to do so.
News and Events
HCSA Historian of the Year Awards 2019
It is that time of year again so put your thinking hats on, sharpen your pens and request a form from [email protected]. The Historian of the Year Award has four categories and the Awards Event is run in partnership with Wakefield Press and the History Trust of South Australia to coincide with the last day of the History Festival in May. The Nominee and the Nominated will be invited to a Gala event at Adelaide Town Hall on 31 May 2019 where the winner of each category receives an award and a Wakefield Press voucher. To submit a nomination please contact the HCSA Secretary at [email protected], a form will be sent by return. Nominations close on 30th April 2019.
The four categories include (1) Life Long Historian, (2) Emerging Historian, (3) Historian of the Year and (4) Regional Historian.
Upcoming events for the State Library of South Australia
A host of Epic Flight Centenary (EFC) events is planned for May as part of SA's History Festival.
These will include history talks, book launches and an exhibition of memorabilia at the Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide. At Centennial Park, there will also be a celebration of the life of Wally Shiers who was the mechanic on the epic flight. Not to be missed will be a Magical History Bus Tour that takes in key EFC sites across Adelaide. Also, keep an eye out for The Advertiser on Saturday 6 April 2019 for the bumper History Festival Lift-out.
Another date for the calendar is 15 June 2019, when a commemorative service will be held at St Peter's Cathedral, North Adelaide from 11 am to 12 noon to mark the 97th anniversary of Sir Ross Smith's funeral. It was estimated some 100,000 South Australians turned on on the day to pay their respects.
State Library of South Australia digitises Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith collection
The personal papers of Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith held by the State Library of South Australia have been digitised and will be released throughout 2019.
You can also keep up to date at www.epicflightcentenary.com.au and on Facebook viawww.Facebook.com/EpicFlightCentenary.
The Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of South Australia Archives
Did you know the RA&HS have their very own archives and museum?
Covering the Society's 180-year history, the RA&HS Archives is a place full of interesting treasures, now managed by their newest team member, Lauren Gobbett.
The RA&HS Archives help to build a picture as to just how important agriculture, horticulture, and viticulture are to the fabric of South Australia. The Society is the organiser of the State's largest event, the Royal Adelaide Show, and our archival material includes everything from show-bags and souvenirs, to the history of woodcutting, sheaf tossing, livestock, wine, cookery and craft.
Submit a research query or make an appointment to visit the Showgrounds for an opportunity to research the collection or have a tour of the archives and museum. Groups are welcome and visits are by appointment only. Contact the society through their website.
A brief history of this organisation:
An Agricultural Society was first formed in South Australia in 1839 and was based on the principals of the Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland. Another Society with broader horizons encompassing a greater interest in horticulture was formed in 1842 and over time the two amalgamated. The Society was formed "for the advancement of agricultural and pastoral knowledge, and to promote the development of the natural resources of our noble colony."
On 8 December 1840, the first Produce Show was staged in the yards of Fordham's Hotel, Grenfell Street, Adelaide. The exhibits included vegetables, cereals, and cheese, wool and leather goods.
In 1843 the first Livestock Show was held on 20 October at Payne's Hotel yards in Hindley Street, and the first Ploughing Match was held on Dr Mayo's block at Thebarton.
Having held Shows at various locations in the city for many years, the Wayville site was purchased in 1911, with a lease signed in 1913 for a period of ninety- nine years. The Society finally moved to Wayville in 1925 and currently holds a lease until 2062.
The Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of South Australia Inc is the organiser of the State's largest event, the Royal Adelaide Show, which attracts approximately 40% of South Australia's population. Further to this, the Adelaide Showground provides facilities to more than 100 exhibitions, conventions and banquets each year.
Oral History Australia Workshops - April and July 2019
Now that the Adelaide Festival and Fringe Festival are over, it is time to consider booking in for a workshop. OHA will shortly be holding an Introduction to Oral History workshop on 1 April. Don't miss it, because there won't be another one until the end of the year!
Places in each workshop are limited. Please follow the links below for more information, and to book.
- Introduction to Oral History Workshop 1 April, 10 am - 3.30 pm
- Advanced Oral History Workshop 27 April, 10 am - 3.30 pm
- Turning Oral History Interviews into a Prize-Winning Book 13 July, 10 am - 1.30 pm
History Teachers Association South Australia
Call for Papers
HTASA invites proposals for presentations at the 2019 HTAA National Conference, to be held at Loreto College, Adelaide, South Australia, 1-3 October 2019.
The HTAA welcomes proposals on all aspects of the teaching of F-12 History, particularly new topic content, assessment, concepts & skills and approaches to programming. We also encourage presentations on a range of other topics, including but not limited to: teaching history in the digital age, Indigenous history, innovative pedagogies and leading a department. • Submissions are to be made via the email attachment on the proposal form found here (PDF).
Closing Date 31 May 2019 for submission of papers.
Wakefield Press Celebrating 30 Years
Wakefield Press, which turns 30 in 2019, is launching a dedicated new list for YA books, headed by newly appointed Publisher, Young Adult Books, 30-year-old Margot Lloyd.
Margot Lloyd is Publisher, Young Adult Books, at Wakefield Press. Her first foray into the world of publishing came as a 14-year-old when she nabbed a job stuffing envelopes after school at Wakefield Press. Ten years later – after studying publishing in Melbourne and a brief stint at Text Publishing – she was back at Wakefield. While Margot’s editing credentials jump from history to cookbooks to literary fiction, it was a book about a teenage boy struggling with mental illness that piqued Margot’s interest in young adult fiction. That book became The Hounded and planted the first seed for Wakefield Press’s dedicated new young adult fiction list. Margot is also a literary reviewer who writes regularly for the Advertiser.
Margot plans to publish three to four books a year at first, starting with Making Friends with Alice Dyson (March 2019), an infectious romantic comedy pairing the school nerd, the school troublemaker and a viral video that brings them together.
This good news of an investment in young adult publishing – is especially welcome amidst the recent bad news in the YA world. A reported 26% downturn of sales in the UK, with a 1.4% drop in Australian sales over the past year (or 9.8% over five years) came within weeks of the news of redundancies at both Walker Books and Penguin Random House Australia.
Barossa History Fair May 2019
The Barossa History Fair is an annual event, held on the first Saturday in May each year on the grounds of Coulthard House in Nuriootpa, SA. This free community event is for history lovers, the curious, the passionate, the young and the not so young - in fact anyone with an interest in history. Our call-out - “Everyone’s History!” - is a reminder that the Barossa History Fair encompasses more than just the history of the Barossa, or even South Australia, and that all of us are part of history. What happens today is tomorrow ’s history.
HCSA are happy to be a supporter of the Barossa History Fair on 4 May 2019 from 12 -4 pm.
Book Launch - Our Corner of the Somme - Dr Romain Fathi
A lecturer in Australian History (Flinders University), Dr Fathi explores how the French remember ANZAC, and how Australia has remembered its Anzacs in France. The book launch will be in conversation with Emeritus Professor Robin Prior from Adelaide University and will be held at the Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building on 5 April 2019, 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm. Registration is required - Please register here.
History Trust of South Australia (HTSA)
For those who were unable to attend Paul and Robert's Talking History lecture or missed out on getting a book signed, you have another chance to hear them speak in April, hosted by Friends of the Library and the University of Adelaide.
Why do we need a new history of South Australia?
A History of South Australia, Cambridge University Press 2018 by Paul Sendziuk and Robert Foster, Associate Professors in the School of Humanities Department of History, is the first comprehensive, single-volume history of the State to be published in over fifty years.
The authors will speak to the need for a fresh understanding and examination of South Australia’s complex past - including conditions prior to European exploration, the imprint of people on the land – and vice versa, the ‘free’ state settlement, relations between Indigenous people and colonisers, the establishment of the State’s distinctive socio-political structures, and relationships with the rest of Australia and the world. Important previous work edited by Paul Sendziuk and Robert Foster in Foundational Fictions in South Australian History and Turning Points: Chapters in South Australian history, both published Wakefield Press, has contributed to these new perspectives.
Copies will be on sale courtesy the University of Adelaide Co-Op Bookshop.
When: Thursday 4 April, 6 pm for 6.30 pm
Where: Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide.
Entry: $10 at the door. Includes a glass of wine. Students free.
RSVP by 2 April: [email protected] or phone 8313 6356
Flinders University, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
History Research Seminar, Semester 1, 2019
29 March - Dr Skype Krichauff, University of Adelaide
‘Booborowie and Woolgangi: From wounded Country to Sites of Reconciliation’
5 April - Dr André Brett, University of Adelaide
‘“A Fruitful and Never-Ceasing Source of Complaint” – Travelling by Rail at Night in Australasia Before 1920’
12 April - Professor Matthew Fitzpatrick, Flinders University
‘Royals in a Crisis: The German Kaiser and the Sultan of Morocco in 1904-1905’
10 May - Associate Professor Michelle Arrow, Macquarie University
‘“A Wake in Fright nation of Bazzas and Storks”: Gender, Culture and National identity in 1970s Australia’
17 May - Dr Karen Agutter, University of Adelaide
‘” Scheme Youths”: Unaccompanied Displaced Teenagers in Post-war Australia’
24 May - History Honours student presentations
31 May - History Honours student presentations
7 June - Professor Amanda Kearney, Flinders University
‘Returning to That Which Was Never Lost: Yanyuwa country, Land Claims and the Paradox of Return’