A group of PHA Qld members and guests met at the FoodConnect Shed in Salisbury on 11 October for a day of celebration. Held in conjunction with the Association’s Annual General Meeting, the day began with an overview of the precinct and its connections to Brisbane’s wartime and manufacturing history, led by PHA Qld member Beryl Roberts. In her discussion, Beryl drew out the precinct’s connections to Queensland icons including the Story Bridge, architectural styles that were fit fur purpose of industrial areas, and mentioned how this precinct is being revitalised by small and medium industry today. It reinforced the importance of often overlooked aspects of local history such as manufacturing and primary production can be to our profession.
After the Annual General Meeting, members celebrated the foundation of PHA Qld’s precursor the Queensland Historians Institute in 1990. Following a brief overview of the meetings from 1988 to 1990 that gestated this organisation, and a comment on the significance of PHA Qld as an organisation that promoted lifelong and intergenerational skill-sharing, several members who were present since the Association’s earliest days spoke of their own experiences as professional historians and active participants in PHA Qld.
PHA Qld particularly acknowledges those professional historians who have consistently been active members of the Association from 1990 until today.