Harry Gentle Resource Centre launches new website

The Harry Gentle Resource Centre is pleased to announce the re-launch of the Harry Gentle Resource Centre (HGRC) website. The redeveloped site features news and updates, research resources, biographies, rare books and documents as well as some of the exciting projects undertaken by our Visiting Fellows. Dr Ray Kerkhove's 'Mapping Frontier Conflict in South-East Queensland' illustrates frontier conflict between the…

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Call for Papers: Recording, Narrating and Archiving the First World War

Following the success of the Oxford conference in November 2016, The International Society for First World War Studies is delighted to announce that their 10th conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia – the first to be held in the southern hemisphere. Professor Joan Beaumont of the Australian National University and Professor Michael Roper of the University of Essex will be keynote speakers. The…

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Mapping: History’s Newest Tool

Cartography has long been a valuable resource for historians, however in the current digital age historians are increasingly turning to mapping as a way of publishing research findings in an interactive and transformative way. Successful ways that mapping has been integrated with history is evidenced in the Queensland Government's recently developed program QImagery and the University's of Newcastle's new interactive on Colonial Frontier…

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‘Stories of Stephens’ launched

On Monday 10 July, the Annerley-Stephens History Group Inc celebrated the launch of Stories of Stephens - A history of Annerley and the surrounding suburbs. This publication, compiled by Stephen Sheaffe, features a selection of papers which expand on discussions presented in the Stories of Stephens conference in February 2016. Several PHA (Qld) members contributed their expertise to the publication,…

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Call for papers: The 17th Australia’s Homosexual Histories Conference

QUEER: The 17th Australia’s Homosexual Histories Conference Adelaide University, 10 -11 November 2017 This annual conference brings together members of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex Queer+ communities, academics, researchers, students, community members and arts workers to explore and discuss histories of LGBTIQ+ life, politics, arts and culture in Australia. The term ‘queer’ is commonly used in two ways. Some people use…

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Vale Dr Rodney Fisher 1942-2017

It is with deep sadness that the Professional Historians Association (Qld) – and Queensland’s broader history community – farewells Dr Rodney Fisher, who passed away in Brazil on 28 June 2017 following a short illness. Fisher is best known for his work in recording the architectural heritage and historic character of Brisbane. After moving to Queensland in 1974, Fisher initially…

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Vale Dr Lorna McDonald OAM 1916-2017

The history community is saddened to learn of the passing of Dr Lorna McDonald OAM. Born in Portland, Victoria in 1916, McDonald moved to Rockhampton with her family in 1963. She studied externally via the University of Queensland, and in 1975 attained a Masters Degree for her thesis on land settlement in the Port Curtis and Leichhardt districts of Queensland.…

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2017 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction: Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC

At the Queensland Day Dinner on 6 June 2017, The Professional Historians Association of Queensland and the Royal Historical Society of Queensland presented the 2017 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction to  Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC, to acknowledge his excellence in historiography, historical research and writing. Through his research, publications and involvement with the historical community, Emeritus Professor Blainey has provided new insights into Australian history.…

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New Text: Jewish life in Queensland: Celebrating 150 years since 1865

From a small collection of settler families in 1865, the Queensland Jewish community has grown over the past 150 years to more than 8000 people, stretching from Far North Queensland down to the New South Wales border and out to the remotest outback communities. Yet the history of Queensland’s Jewish community has until now been largely silent in the discourse…

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Member’s Work: Wheller Gardens 80th anniversary permanent exhibition

Opened in 1936 by then-Governor Sir Lesley Orme Wilson, the Chermside Garden Settlement was a visionary project. Conceived by the Rev. Harold Manuel Wheller and largely funded by philanthropist George Marchant (of soft drink fame), the first 20 cottages and two central buildings offered home-like accommodation for the elderly. This was a 'dream' project for any historian. Initially my contract…

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