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Report on e-Hive Workshop

Report on e-Hive Workshop For the Professional Historians Association (Queensland) Dr Neville Buch, e-Bulletin Editor 25 July 2012 Introduction On Monday 24 July I attended the e-Hive Workshop organised by Vernon Systems Ltd, held at the Queensland Museum by Zoe Hill. Vernon Systems Ltd is a company that produces collections management software for museums, galleries,…
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Stepping Up to the Mark – New Roles for PHAQ Members

By Dr Jonathan Richards Vice President, Professional Historians Association (Queensland) The 2012 Annual General Meeting on 26 September will be a watershed for the Professional Historians Association (Queensland). The Association has reached a point in its natural development where new roles need to be taken on, and where there will be a partial “changing of…
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Leith Barter (1947-2012)

Tribute by Jeff Hopkins-Weise In the local Pine Rivers/Moreton Bay Region history and heritage scene, it is sad to note the passing of well-known and respected local historian and former council librarian Leith Barter (1947-2012). Leith lost his battle with cancer on 9 July, aged 64. He had only recently retired from his position as…
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Editorial – Planning to Achieve

Let’s face it. As critical scholars we don’t like the corporate language of achievement and success. We understand the hidden motivations and power structures in play. Witness the Australian popular debates recently with a less-than-gold standard in our country’s Olympic performance in London; before the welcome home parades. On the radio, television, and internet blogs,…
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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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