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Wrap-up: Dragon Tales 2017 Conference

23-26 November, Golden Dragon Museum, Bendigo, Victoria Hilda Maclean Between the 23rd and 26th of November 2017, I presented at Dragon Tails 2017: Hopes, Dreams and Realities hosted by the Golden Dragon Museum, Bendigo. This 5th Australasian Conference on Chinese Diaspora History & Heritage​ featured 31 speakers from all over Australia, New Zealand, Christmas Island and Beijing; and a further 40 or…
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Wrap-up: Related Histories conference

28-29 November 2017, National Library of Australia, Canberra Anne Monsour The organisers of this conference are to be congratulated for creating an engaging and stimulating programme which highlighted the many ways historians study the family. The decision to structure the conference using single sessions gave it a cohesion which is sometimes lost when there are…
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PHA Qld members in the news

Recently former PHA Qld president Katie McConnel provided historical context to the Sydney Morning Herald regarding one of Australia's favourite sweet treats - the lamington. The article laments the loss of the lamington from Old Government House's cafe menu, and reveals the sweet's fascinating history. Read more here. Anne Monsour recently featured in a Radio…
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Congratulations Val Donovan

At the Royal Historical Society of Queensland's Annual General Meeting on 14 November 2017, PHA Qld member Val Donovan was awarded a Royal Historical Society of Queensland Fellowship for her research, writing, editorship of the Queensland History Journal (since 2007), and historical publications. Val joined the RHSQ's Honorary Research Group in 2003 and made a major…
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Nominations open: 2018 John Douglas Kerr medal of Distinction

PHA Qld and the Royal Historical Society of Queensland are pleased to announce that nominations for the 2018 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction are now being received. The John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction in historiography, historical research and writing was established in 2005 and is awarded annually to a practicing historian of note, as…
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Members work: Historic Houses Association tour of Brisbane

In August 2017, the Sydney-based Historic Houses Association of Australia (H.H.A.) conducted its first-ever tour of Brisbane homes. In April, the H.H.A. advertised, through the P.H.A. (Qld) for a Brisbane historian to help organise this tour. Jack Ford successfully submitted an Expression of Interest and he commenced work on this project in May. The project…
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PHA Qld 2016-17 Year in Review

At the PHA Qld AGM on Saturday 14 October, Outgoing President Jonathan Richards delivered a report to members on the 2016-17 working year. At the outset, Jonathan thanked the members of the Management Committee for their friendship, good company and support, and their ongoing contribution to the success of the Association, noting that PHA Qld would…
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5 minutes with PHA Qld President Timothy Roberts

Tim, you’ve been a member of PHA Qld since 2013, and are known to our members for your prior role as the Association’s Treasurer. What historical topics interest you? I am an art historian, with a special interest in Queensland’s art heritage before the conclusion of the Second World War. Queensland had a very different…
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Members work: Flood management in Brisbane

PHA Qld member Margaret Cook recently published an article that exposes the dominant socio-economic and political values that shaped flood management between 1974 and 2011 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Drawing on scholarship that frames floods as a cultural, rather than natural event, this paper shows that the state government of Queensland prioritised property development and continued to rely on dam…
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Members work: The tale of two cities

PHA Qld member Dr Neville Buch returns to the Sunnybank District History Group after his brief ‘London Tour’ to present a talk on The Tale of Two Cities – Heritage and History in London and Brisbane. London is seen as the educated, literary, and cultured global centre, and there is no doubt it is true. Brisbane…
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