Australian theatre history in SLV

In December 2017, a member of the public approached PHA Qld regarding the personal papers of late Melbourne historian Agnes Paton Bell. Bell is best known for her book Melbourne: John Batman’s Village, published by Cassell in 1965. PHA Qld President Timothy Roberts returned the enquiry, which concerned providing researchers and historians with access to these papers. Bell was an avid…

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Members work: History of Pottery in Queensland

PHA Qld member Tim Roberts recently completed a 2-year mentoring program at Griffith University Art Gallery under eminent Queensland art historian Glenn Cooke and curator and Director of Griffith University Art Museum, Angela Goddard. During this time, Tim assisted the development of a major publication and accompanying exhibition on the history of art pottery in Queensland. Titled With Heart & Hand:…

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Congratulations to Bill Metcalf

It has been a big year of accolades for PHA Qld member Dr William (Bill) Metcalf. After being awarded the JD Kerr Medal of Distinction earlier this year, he has just received the Distinguished Scholar Award at the recent conference of the Communal Studies Association in Illinois, USA. According to the citation, “This award honors those persons who have contributed greatly to the scholarly study…

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Members work: Northern ANZACs

PHA Qld member Gordon Grimwade has recently co-authored with Pauline O’Keeffe (Images Manager, Cairns Historical Society) Northern Anzacs: How the First World War Shaped Far North Queensland. Northern ANZACs looks at the development of the First World War, the contributions made by over 1500 volunteers from the region and the aftermath of resettlement. It concludes with chapters on the development of memorial…

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Historic business leaders recognised

On Thursday 19 July, two historic business figures in Queensland, George Marchant and John Moffatt, were inducted into the Queensland Business Leader's Hall of Fame. The annual award recognises the public contribution made by leaders of business to the reputation of Queensland and its economic and social development. Marchant, a cordial manufacturer, not only generated significant business in Queensland, but fuelled…

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Members work: Pen Portraits of Townsville

In 2017 PHA Qld member Dr Dorothy Gibson-Wilde OAM and Bruce Gibson-Wilde produced a new work which draws together the art, social and built environmental history of the Townsville region. Pen Portraits of Townsville was launched by the Chancellor of James Cook University at the National Trust of Australia (Qld) Ltd Heritage Centre, Townsville. Before reproduction of photographs in books and newspapers became…

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Members work: new publication

PHA Qld member Dr Lyndon Megarrity has recently published a new text titled Northern Dreams: The Politics of Northern Development in Australia. Northern Australia is rediscovered by each new generation of Australian politicians. Dams, mines, large transport projects, a food bowl for Asia and many other projects are promised and sometimes delivered, but then the political momentum fades away and the…

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QSA @ SLQ

In an effort to boost access to the State's archives, Queensland State Archives has popped up at the State Library of Queensland! Each Monday, one of QSA's reference archivists will be at John Oxley Library to help you with researching QSA records, searching the catalogue, using indexes and answering questions. Original QSA records can also be delivered to SLQ for viewing. Simply email your order…

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2018 JOHN DOUGLAS KERR MEDAL OF DISTINCTION: DR BILL METCALF

The Royal Historical Society of Queensland and the Professional Historians Association (Qld) Inc are pleased to award the 2018 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction to Dr William Metcalf. Dr Metcalf has produced a prodigious body of work across a research career spanning over four decades. He has advanced the study of Queensland and Australian history most notably through his…

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Seminar: 150 years of Queensland Parliament House

The 4th of August 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the first sitting of the Queensland Parliament in the now heritage-listed building in George Street, Brisbane. To mark the occasion, the Queensland Parliament, in partnership with The Royal Historical Society of Queensland, will present an historical seminar. Seminar Program at the Legislative Council Chamber, Queensland Parliament House Cnr George & Alice Streets,…

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