Category Archives: e-Bulletin

Report on the PHAQ Exhibit at the Unlock the Past Expo

By Dr Neville Buch, PHAQ e-Bulletin Editor In this very uncertain economic climate, the best thing that the Professional Historian Association can do is get out into the marketplace and explain to the general public who are professional historians and what we can do. If there is fewer dollars flowing from government and corporate coffers,…
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Announcing Strategic Planning

It would be easy to feel very pessimistic at this moment of the state economy and investment in cultural affairs. The Professional Historian Association (Queensland), however, is dedicated to looking after the working interest of its members and the welfare of professional history in Queensland.  For that reason, as an association we will not just…
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Reflections on Floodlines Exhibition

By Helen Gregory ‘Will you go through our collection to see what you can find for an exhibition on the 1890s floods in Brisbane?’ was an invitation too tempting to resist. Flooding was in all our minds early in 2011 when the State Library of Queensland was planning its ‘Floodlines’ exhibitions. The exhibition on the…
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On Becoming a Historian

by Ross Johnston, Winner of the 2012 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction ‘I want you to cast your mind back to 1956, end January/early February.  I have a clear picture, of little Rossie Johnston, standing wide-eyed, amazed, bedazzled, bemused, confused – as he surveyed his surrounds, the Great Court of The University of Sydney,…
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Citation for the 2012 Winner of the John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction: Ross Johnston

Composed by Jeff Hopkins-Weise Associate Professor Dr William Ross Johnston brought rigour to academic Queensland history and through his teaching, research, publications and involvement with The University of Queensland, Queensland State Library, Queensland Museum, the Queensland Historians Institute (now the Professional Historians Association of Queensland), the Brisbane History Group, and the Australian Dictionary of Biography’s…
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Tribute to Dr Diane Menghetti

May 22, 1940 - June 18, 2012 In the 1970s, Diane Menghetti decided to complete her education in her thirties after a career as a nurse working in Papua New Guinea, Northern Australia and elsewhere. She was one of the first mature age students to be accepted at James Cook University at the time, and…
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Tribute to John Douglas Kerr’s Historiography

By Ruth Kerr The following tribute was delivered on the occasion of the Ceremony for the 2012 Presentation of the Award of The John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction for Historical Research and Writing. It presented by Dr Ruth Kerr, a long-serving member of the Professional Historians Association (Queensland) and life partner of the late…
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Editorial: Better late? June 2012

It is a terrible cliché: better late than never.  It overlooks too easily the fact that success is a matter of better timing; as happens so well when the lucky ones launch a timely idea. Yes, but!  (There is always the “but”). There are those moments in history where being late may fortuitously bring us…
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Economics of Voluntary-Professional Endeavours in Local History

By Neville Buch Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not claim to represent the Professional Historians Association. The economy, or more precisely, economic value, works differently among members of the Professional Historians Association.  Those members who are academics are paid by universities primarily to teach and to gain…
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