Newsletter 28 July 2020

Editor: Jessica Fairey

President's News

27 July, 2020

Dear members and friends,

Just a reminder that our General Committee meeting is going to be held via zoom on 3 August. Please let your representatives know of any issues you would like raised at this meeting.

The Executive Committee is glad to announce our Awards Night/ History Council & State Library Fellowship Launch on 21 August. We are planning this event in accord with ever-changing government regulations for safe social gatherings. As such, numbers of attendees will be limited, and the provision of food and drink will be restricted. More details about this event will follow in the next newsletter.

History Councils Australia – a body comprised of the SA, WA, Victorian and NSW History Councils – have prepared a submission to the Australian Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia regarding the destruction of 46,000-year-old caves at the Juukan Gorge in WA. You can read the submission on our website’s advocacy page. I would like to thank the History Council of Victoria for their work on this submission.

For those who have been working hard to delay the introduction of the State Government’s proposed Planning and Development Code, let’s hope the yet to be announced replacement for the previous Minister for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (Stephan Knoll) will prove a better listener and more empathetic to preserving our built heritage.

All the best,


Members News

Make history in a time of pandemic in 2020
(Susan Marsden, 24 July 2020)
Marsden Szwarcbord Foundation project Make history at home, is a free ‘how to do your own history’ series presented by historians Susan Marsden and Sandra Kearney. Through the Covid-19 lockdown we’ve posted videos, photos and advice, so you can use the time at home to arrange your records and photos, and share your own histories.

Watch Make history at home in 5 sessions on YouTube (Marsden Szwarcbord Foundation), with photos and history links on Facebook (@MSzFoundation) and Instagram at #mszfMakeHistoryAtHome. You’re invited to add this hashtag to your stories, or links to history sites, and share them on Facebook. To learn more about Make history at home or the Foundation, or make a tax deductible donation, contact [email protected].

Labour History SA Meetings and Moratorium

16 August - Annual General Meeting
Election of Executive for 2020/21. Guest speakers Jack Crawford and Pamela Rajkowski will be speaking on the history of the Afghan and Aboriginal workers on the SA railways.

20 September
IPAN and LHSA Moratorium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of opposition to the Vietnam War.
Further details here

18 October
Labour History Society General meeting on the theme of the formation of the Communist Party of Australia in 1920.

All meetings will be held at the Box Factory, Regent Street North, commencing at 2pm.

The History Trust of South Australia: Talking History is online!
The Talking History program, suspended in the interest of COVID safety, is back in an online format. The next Talking History event will be on French Science on the High Seas: Voyages of discovery to our shores and beyond, with presenters Danielle Clode and Christele Maizonniaux, 18 August 2020, 5.30pm. Further information here.

Previous Talking History events are available for listening on the History Trust's Soundcloud.

Protect Our Heritage Alliance: The State Planning Comission. Conflicted Interests? Transparency? Accountability?
The latest News Release from the Protect Our Heritage Alliance, 24 July 2020.
Available here.


History Seminar series 2/2020
Flinders University's History Seminar Series is back. It will be held each Friday as usual, from 11.15am to 12.30 in room SSS149. Up to 45 are allowed to attend, in accordance with latest COVID-19 information.
Further information and schedule here.

Heritage SnAps 2020
The South Australian Heritage Council has recently launched this photo competition to help celebrate State, Maritime, and coastal heritage. Entries close midnight, 30 October 2020.
Further information here.

Book Releases

Dreams They Forgot: Stores of illusion, deception and quiet rebellion
(by Emma Ashmere)
Two sisters await the tidal wave predicted for 1970s Adelaide after Premier Don Dunstan decriminalises homosexuality. An interstate family drive is complicated by the father’s memory of sighting UFOs. Two women drive from Melbourne to Sydney to see the Harbour Bridge before it’s finished. An isolated family tries to weather climate change as the Doomsday Clock ticks.

Emma Ashmere’s stories explore illusion, deception and acts of quiet rebellion. Diverse characters travel high and low roads through time and place – from a grand 1860s Adelaide music hall to a dilapidated London squat, from a modern Melbourne hospital to the 1950s Maralinga test site, to the 1990s diamond mines of Borneo.

Undercut with longing and unbelonging, absurdity and tragedy, thwarted plans and fortuitous serendipity, each story offers glimpses into the dreams, limitations, gains and losses of fragmented families, loners and lovers, survivors and misfits, as they piece together a place for themselves in the imperfect mosaic of the natural and unnatural world.
Description taken from the Wakefield Press Media Release here.


Country, Kin and Culture: Survival of an Australian Aboriginal Community
(by Claire Smith)
When Captain Cook landed on Australian shores he came into contact with one of the most dynamic, culturally rich and socially sophisticated societies that had ever existed. This book documents how one such community drew upon their sense of country, kin and culture to survive the incursions of British colonisation. It outlines their histories from before contact to the present, through protectionism and assimilation, to self-determination and reconciliation. It presents the direct voices of Aboriginal people and government authorities through interviews and archival documents. This is a history not just of colonisation and resistance, but of cultural, social and political survival, even in the present day.
Description taken from Wakefield Press website. Further information here.

Around the country

NSW History Week & Speaker connect 5 – 13 September 2020
Registrations are open for History Week, organised by the History Council of New South Wales. Events will be online and in person, depending on COVID-19 public health orders. Only members of the History Council of NSW can register to host an event, but events are open to the public.
Further information here.

Petition: Protect the Arts, Humanities, the Social Sciences at Australian Universities
Started by concerned social scientists and humanities and arts academics regarding the proposed changes to university fees.
View further information and sign the petition here.

Parliamentary inquiry into destruction of Juukan Caves in Pilbara
A parliamentary inquiry is being held into the destruction of the Indigeous heritage sites at the Juukan Gorge in Western Australia. Submissions are due 31 July 2020.
Read more about the background of the inquiry here.
Information about making a submission here.

Calls for Papers

History of Education Review Special Issue: the history of knowledge and the history of education. Abstracts due 1 October 2020.
Full details here

Studies in Oral History journal special issue – Oral History, Place and Environment
Humans are profoundly emplaced beings. We become attached to places – be they homes, cities or natural environments—so that when we are separated from them, we become homesick. Geographer Yi-Fu Tuan referred to this love of place or sense of place as ‘topophilia’, and it can also be connected to cultural belonging or family identity. Hence our place memories can be deeply felt and intensely personal. Moreover, place memories can retain a special resonance in the mind over time, associated as they are with sensory experiences, emotional associations and social inflections. Place matters, as oral historians have shown across a range of settings.

Place can be specific and localised, but it can also be extrapolated to the physical environments we inhabit more broadly. Increasingly, the fields of oral history and environmental history are finding productive intersections. Oral history offers attention to the ways in which humans remember and narrate their relationships to environments. Environmental history insists upon close attention to the more-than-human world, and the relationships between nature and culture, people and place. As environmental catastrophes with anthropogenic causes become more common in the twenty-first century, understanding human interrelationships with specific places and the environment is arguably more critical—and more urgent—than ever before.

This special issue of Studies in Oral History (formerly Oral History Australia Journal) invites reflections upon the ways in which oral history can illuminate and expand our understandings of place and environment. We invite broad and varied interpretations of this theme, which may include (but are not limited to):

  • Childhood memories of place
  • Connections to home, town, region or nation
  • Indigenous connections to country
  • Urban place memories
  • Regional and rural place memories
  • Place attachment and migration
  • Family history and meanings of ‘home’
  • Intergenerational knowledge of and attachment to place
  • ‘Natural’ disasters
  • Environmental activism
  • Histories of environmental degradation
  • Environmental regulation
  • Environmental protection and rejuvenation

To be considered for peer review, articles should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words (excluding references) and are due 30 November 2020. Publication of the special issue is anticipated in late 2021.

Any queries about this special issue can be directed to SOH Joint Editors Skye Krichauff [email protected] and Carla Pascoe Leahy [email protected].

Contributions can be emailed to the Chair of the SOH Editorial Board, Alexandra Dellios: [email protected]

‘One Empire, Many Colonies, Similar or Different Histories?’: Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society Annual Conference Revised CFP. 9-12 December 2020 (online and in person). Extended: Abstracts due 31 July 2020.
Full details here (word docx download)


Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies, Harvard University. Expressions of interest from persons wishing to be considered for appointment in the 2022-2023 academic year. Applications due September 30, 2020.
Full details here (pdf).

Australian Historical Studies Editor(s) Expression of Interest for the positions of editors of the journal for a three-year term, 2021–2023. EOIs due 31 July 2020.
Full details here (word docx download)