Professional Historians Australia AGM

On Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August, PHA Qld Delegate Carmel Black and Alternate Delegate Tim Roberts attended the Professional Historians Australia Annual General Meeting and General Meeting. The meeting was held in Adelaide’s historic Migration Museum, and was attended by Delegates from all PHAs across Australia, as well as Alternate Delegates from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, and Victoria. A great deal of progress was made over the two days, especially in the realm of public relations and organisational governance.

Image: PHA Delegates and Alternate Delegates at the Migration Museum, Sunday 20 August 2017. L to R: Mark Dunn (Alternate Delegate PHA NSW/ACT), Peter Donovan (Delegate PHA SA), Tim Roberts (Alternate Delegate PHA Qld), Carmel Black (Delegate PHA Qld), Fiona Poulton (Alternate Delegate PHA Vic/Tas), Alan Davis (Delegate PHA NT), Jill Barnard (Delegate PHA Vic/Tas; President PHA), Sue Graham-Taylor

Image: PHA Delegates and Alternate Delegates at the Migration Museum, Sunday 20 August 2017

The meeting agreed that the National Jobs Bulletin was a successful initiative, and have committed to continuing this. If you or an organisation requires any history opportunities, prizes or education programs to receive national exposure, please contact the PHA Qld delegate and they will pass this on to the National bulletin editor. PHA Qld will continue to distribute opportunities to members that require special knowledge of Queensland history.

Professional Historians Australia are revitalising their website, and will add several features when it is launched later in the year. The most significant addition will be a national calendar of events that will canvas members’ work, social engagements and professional development activities. This feature will enable our members to learn about and participate in events around the country. We will advise then the new website is launched, and will forward Queensland events through to this national calendar.

PHA NSW will host the next PHA Conference in September 2018. Though the event is very much in the early planning stages, the conference will be held at the beginning of the History Week. We will advise more details when they become available, including the Call for Papers, registration, and adjunct events.

PHA Vic has established a Twitter feed and LinkedIn account for those who are interested in subscribing to these platforms. Did you know PHA NSW also has a Twitter feed and Facebook group? Join the PHA Qld Facebook group to connect with other local members.

A number of suggestions for professional development, public relations, and advocacy were shared at the meeting. These will be brought to the next PHA Qld management committee meeting for consideration and discussion, with view to developing new opportunities for the Association and its members.

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