Marking Time: Professional Historians Association National Conference 2018

Professional Historians Association National Conference Sydney 30 – 31 August 2018 CALL FOR PAPERS Professional historians record the history of places with direct connections to the public: in parks, on monuments, at exhibitions, in archives and publications. 2018 is the culmination of the four-year long commemoration of World War I and therefore a fitting time to reflect on the challenges…

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1987 Cabinet minutes released

As a part of the Queensland Government's administrative release period, the 1987 cabinet minutes have been digitised for public access through the Queensland State Archives. The minutes reveal new information about the final year of Joh Bjelke-Petersen's career as Premier of Queensland, as well as a host of other material. To access the data, please consult this reference guide at the State…

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SLQ Queensland Memory Awards 2018

The State Library of Queensland's Queensland Memory Awards are now open for nominations. Please follow this link to learn details about the various awards offered in 2018, and the application methods. Applications are due by 21 March 2018, and an information session is being held on 2 March 2018.

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Vale Professor Ken Inglis

Prominent Australian historian Emeritus Professor Ken Inglis AO FASSA passed away on 1 December 2017, aged 88. Known to many PHA Qld members through his lifelong work in the field of war history, biography, and corporate history, Emeritus Professor Inglis was educated at the University of Melbourne and attained a Doctorate from the University of Oxford for his thesis Churches and…

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Wrap-up: Dragon Tales 2017 Conference

23-26 November, Golden Dragon Museum, Bendigo, Victoria Hilda Maclean Between the 23rd and 26th of November 2017, I presented at Dragon Tails 2017: Hopes, Dreams and Realities hosted by the Golden Dragon Museum, Bendigo. This 5th Australasian Conference on Chinese Diaspora History & Heritage​ featured 31 speakers from all over Australia, New Zealand, Christmas Island and Beijing; and a further 40 or so participants.  Being a single-stream…

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Wrap-up: Related Histories conference

28-29 November 2017, National Library of Australia, Canberra Anne Monsour The organisers of this conference are to be congratulated for creating an engaging and stimulating programme which highlighted the many ways historians study the family. The decision to structure the conference using single sessions gave it a cohesion which is sometimes lost when there are parallel sessions. Along with archival…

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PHA Qld members in the news

Recently former PHA Qld president Katie McConnel provided historical context to the Sydney Morning Herald regarding one of Australia's favourite sweet treats - the lamington. The article laments the loss of the lamington from Old Government House's cafe menu, and reveals the sweet's fascinating history. Read more here. Anne Monsour recently featured in a Radio National interview with Philip Adams…

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Congratulations Val Donovan

At the Royal Historical Society of Queensland's Annual General Meeting on 14 November 2017, PHA Qld member Val Donovan was awarded a Royal Historical Society of Queensland Fellowship for her research, writing, editorship of the Queensland History Journal (since 2007), and historical publications. Val joined the RHSQ's Honorary Research Group in 2003 and made a major contribution to the group until…

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