THE 2019 JOHN DOUGLAS KERR MEDAL OF DISTINCTION

On 6 June 2019 at the Brisbane Club, The Royal Historical Society of Queensland and the Professional Historians Association (Qld) Inc, in the presence of His Excellency Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, were pleased to award the 2019 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction to Dr Margaret Kowald. Dr Kowald has demonstrated an enthusiastic and rigorous approach to…

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MEMBERS WORK: AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF BIOGRAPHY AND HISTORY

PHAQ Qld member Geoff Wharton was recently invited to a biographical article about the late Jean Jimmy of Mapoon for a new journal, the Australian Journal of Biography and History. Andruana Ann Jean Jimmy: A Mapoon leader’s struggle to regain a homeland is a finely written and well-illustrated resource, and expands on Wharton's earlier biography for the Australian Dictionary of Biography. Other biographies…

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THE HISTORY BEHIND THE HORSESHOE

PHA Qld member Peter Ludlow be presenting to the newly formed Redlands branch of the National Trust an updated presentation of his recent work The History Behind the Horseshoe – 2019. Peter will highlight Peel Island’s history including pre-European occupation, its use by Europeans as a quarantine station, inebriate home, and lazaret (leprosarium), and in 2007, the Island’s gazettal as a National Park and Conservation Park and the…

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MEMBERS WORK: REDISCOVERING ROSE BLAKEMORE

PHA member Timothy Roberts has  recently consolidated three years of research in a new paper "Portrait of an artist: rediscovering Rose Blakemore", published in the February 2019 edition of Australiana. The text expands upon a presentation Tim made to the Queensland Women's Historical Association in 2016, and provides a lasting written legacy about this early teacher at the Sydney Technical College. Australiana, Vol 41…

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MEMBERS WORK: LORD AND LADY BRASSEY IN THE SUNBEAM

PHA Qld member Professor John Pearn will present a paper at the upcoming Stories of Stephens II Conference jointly hosted by the Annerley Stephens History Group Inc and the Royal Historical Society of Queensland. Professor Pearn's paper will outline the history behind the naming of Brassey, Sunbeam and Cross Streets in Fairfield. When: Saturday 23rd February, commencing at 9 am. Where: Marymac Community…

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DIVERSE SOURCES, DIVERSE STORIES – REWRITING OLD TALES

In late November a friend at my gym forwarded me a short essay by historian Sadiah Qureshi, published in the London Book Review. The text was a response to the Royal Historical Society's report Race, Ethnicity and Equality in UK History, to which Qureshi was a contributor. After summarising the current state of play, calling out the decided Eurocentricity expressed by some academics in…

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SELF-SERVICE DIGITISATION TRIAL AT NATIONAL ARCHIVES

The Queensland Office of the National Archives is testing the feasibility of allowing self-service digitisation of selected records by the public in a controlled reading room environment. The service being trialled in the Queensland Reading Room only, from 8 November 2018 to 30 April 2019.If you wish to participate in this trial and digitise a record for your own use:1.…

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HISTORIC SYDNEY REAL ESTATE PLANS DIGITISED

Over 40,000 historic property plans of 250 Sydney suburbs have been digitised and made available for the first time on the State Library of NSW’s website.  "The plans provide a fascinating visual record of how Sydney has expanded over time,” says Maggie Patton, the State Library’s head curator. “You can see how your street, suburb and the city centre were…

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LOCAL COMMUNITIES, GLOBAL NETWORKS: AHA CONFERENCE 2019

Monday 8 – Friday 12 July 2019, at University of Southern Queensland, ToowoombaThe 38th Australian Historical Association (AHA) Conference, hosted by USQ's School of Arts and Communication, invites submissions on the theme of Local Communities, Global Networks.  How have the local and the global intersected, inspired and transformed experiences within and from Australia’s history? How do the histories of Indigenous, imperial,…

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