Category Archives: e-Bulletin

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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Editorial: First Web-Based Edition, May 2012

Look to the past, live in the present, and move into the future. It is an ethical code that I put forward for professional historians. Like all codes, it will never settle historiographical debates, but it has a simple point to it that may guide our way.  As historians we want to understand the past,…
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What’s a name worth in Queensland: Invitation for 2012

What are the important anniversaries in Queensland during 2012? We would like the “What’s a name worth in Queensland” is be a regular column for the PHAQ e-Bulletin. Here is an opportunity to name that anniversary. You will be surprise how many of us ponder upon a name and wish to know more. If there…
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Writing as the Historian’s Art — Let’s sample your ware

By the Editor (yet again) Regularly readers of the e-Bulletin would see that the editor is running “re-prints” of previous published articles for this first web-based edition. It is somewhat regrettable but it cannot be helped. The PHAQ needs regular writers for its e-Bulletin. I am sure we are all a bit over the editor’s…
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What’s a name worth in Queensland: Coen & South Coen Rivers

By Geoff Wharton Coen is one of the oldest European place-names in Queensland. The name ‘de rivier Coen’ (Coen River) first appeared on a chart compiled by the Dutch sailor Arent Martensz de Leeuw of the discoveries of the Pera expedition along the coast of western Cape York Peninsula in 1623.  Hence this is one…
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State of the History Profession in Queensland Project

By the Editor The Management Committee of the Professional Historians Association (Qld) has commissioned a project to look at the state of the history profession in Queensland. As an association of professional historians, it is natural to be concerned to get an accurate understanding of the state of its profession and of the heritage-history market.…
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Some Thoughts on Facebook as a Research Resource

By Chris Dawson Last year I reluctantly set up a Facebook account in order to create a Facebook page for the Historical Society that I am a member of. Like other longstanding skeptics I viewed the social networking platform as being largely inane, but closer experience has shown that some Facebook pages can be surprisingly…
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