Griffith University’s Harry Gentle Resource Centre now open

PHA (Qld) was well represented at the launch of Griffith University’s Harry Gentle Resource Centre attended by many industry delegates on Friday 21 April. The Centre, focusing on Queensland history prior to 1859 arises from the bequest of its sole benefactor Harry Gentle, who obtained at BA from Griffith in 1984. The university’s Chancellor Henry Smerdon AM unveiled a plaque…

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Lebanese History Showcased around Brisbane

Throughout April, PHA (Qld) member Dr Anne Monsour presented a number of engaging programs across Brisbane highlighting several facets of Queensland’s Lebanese heritage. On April 9, Miegunyah House Museum hosted Dr Monsour’s talk, “Not two steps behind but side by side’, which explored the experience of Lebanese and Syrian women who migrated to Australia, and the transformative roles that they played both…

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PHA (Qld) President in popular demand!

Dr Jonathan Richards, the PHA (Qld) President, and a Visiting Fellow at the Harry Gentle Resource Centre, Griffith University, is in big demand this month. His talk at the Queensland State Archive on the 19 May, entitled “A dynamic map of Native Police movements”, is fully booked out. Dr Richards will discuss his digital mapping project based on pre-separation records…

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The John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction for 2016

This year, Professor Ann McGrath has been awarded the John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction for her contribution to Queensland history, and for the depth and breadth of her research and scholarship. Professor McGrath has, through her teaching, research, publications and involvement with the historical community and profession, advanced the study of Queensland and Australian history. She has successfully incorporated…

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Members work: Napranum War Memorial Project

On 11 June 2014, a memorial commemorating wartime service of the people of Napranum community (formerly Weipa Presbyterian Mission) was opened by the Honourable Warren Entsch MP and the Elders of Napranum, in the presence of Keith Payne VC, OAM, Councillors and community members.  A catafalque party was provided by local members of Bravo Company, 51st Battalion, the Far North…

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Congratulations Lyndon Megarrity

Dr Lyndon Megarrity was recently awarded the Council of Australian University Librarians/ Australian Society of Authors fellowship for 2014, the first time it has been offered. Lyndon will use the fellowship to investigate the papers of J.G. Drake at the Fryer Library, University of Queensland. Lyndon points out that this interesting award involving a large number of special collections across…

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The John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction for 2014: Dr Kay Cohen

At the Queensland Day Dinner hosted by the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, Dr Kay Cohen was presented with the 2014 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction. In a career spanning over thirty years, Dr Kay Cohen has and continues to demonstrate a quiet, generous and prodigious professionalism and dedication to the field of Queensland history. Kay’s principal area of…

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The John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction for 2011: Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Bolton

At the 2011 Queensland Day dinner hosted by the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Bolton was awarded the John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction. Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Bolton is one of Australia’s most eminent historians and can be viewed as the “father” of historical writing on north Queensland. He is author of thirty books and more than…

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