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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Nominations open: 2018 John Douglas Kerr medal of Distinction

PHA Qld and the Royal Historical Society of Queensland are pleased to announce that nominations for the 2018 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction are now being received. The John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction in historiography, historical research and writing was established in 2005 and is awarded annually to a practicing historian of note, as a tribute and witness of esteem…

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Members work: Historic Houses Association tour of Brisbane

In August 2017, the Sydney-based Historic Houses Association of Australia (H.H.A.) conducted its first-ever tour of Brisbane homes. In April, the H.H.A. advertised, through the P.H.A. (Qld) for a Brisbane historian to help organise this tour. Jack Ford successfully submitted an Expression of Interest and he commenced work on this project in May. The project had two main tasks. The…

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PHA Qld 2016-17 Year in Review

At the PHA Qld AGM on Saturday 14 October, Outgoing President Jonathan Richards delivered a report to members on the 2016-17 working year. At the outset, Jonathan thanked the members of the Management Committee for their friendship, good company and support, and their ongoing contribution to the success of the Association, noting that PHA Qld would not continue as a viable…

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5 minutes with PHA Qld President Timothy Roberts

Tim, you’ve been a member of PHA Qld since 2013, and are known to our members for your prior role as the Association’s Treasurer. What historical topics interest you? I am an art historian, with a special interest in Queensland’s art heritage before the conclusion of the Second World War. Queensland had a very different story of artistic maturation to…

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Members work: Flood management in Brisbane

PHA Qld member Margaret Cook recently published an article that exposes the dominant socio-economic and political values that shaped flood management between 1974 and 2011 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Drawing on scholarship that frames floods as a cultural, rather than natural event, this paper shows that the state government of Queensland prioritised property development and continued to rely on dam building as a way of…

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Members work: The tale of two cities

PHA Qld member Dr Neville Buch returns to the Sunnybank District History Group after his brief ‘London Tour’ to present a talk on The Tale of Two Cities – Heritage and History in London and Brisbane. London is seen as the educated, literary, and cultured global centre, and there is no doubt it is true. Brisbane is seen as the educated,…

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Northern Links 7th No Fuss Conference

On 3-4 March 2018, Chinese Heritage in North Australia (CHINA Inc) will present their 7th 'no fuss' conference in Townsville. The theme of the 2018 conference is titled Northern Links: protecting their interests and pushing back. It aims to explore themes of settlement, adaption, integration, solutions and creative responses to institutional impediments imposed on the Chinese community. We accept a broad interpretation…

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CALL FOR PAPERS: 2018 AHA Conference – The Scale of History

Historians make choices about the scale of their inquiry. They set parameters for their projects – temporal, geographical, social, archival – which shape their research strategies, their potential audiences, and their interpretations and arguments. We engage with scale in a variety of ways, including: big history, microhistory, global history, local history, deep history, planetary history, biography, emotions, digital history and…

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Finding lost places, lost people: 2017 RAHS Conference

On 28 and 29 October, The Royal Australian Historical Society will present the 2017 RAHS Conference at Cowra Services Club – 101 Brisbane St, Cowra NSW. The theme of the 2017 RAHS Conference is Finding Lost Places, Lost People. Uncovering hidden stories helps us better understand the past and can challenge our understanding of how the present came to be. Historical societies have an important role…

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