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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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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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