History in the Pub

Upstairs Bar, The National Hotel, 98 High Street, Fremantle 6160

DATE:     Monday 15 September 2014
TIME:       5.30pm for 6pm
TOPIC:    Off to War: Images and Imaginings from World War One
WITH:      John Dowson
COST:     Gold coin donation

John Dowson, photographic historian, will discuss images from his new pictorial book, Off to War: WWI 1914-1918, due for release in October.

John’s new book extensively uses original photographs and posters to allow our imaginations to appreciate how over 400,000 Australians went to war 100 years ago in the “War to end all wars.”

Although cameras were banned in many situations, there is ample photographic evidence of how Australians were recruited, trained, embarked and convoyed across the oceans. And, propaganda posters played a key role in promoting morale and ‘moral’ behaviour.

Background: John Dowson has written five books on Fremantle and one on Albany. He has been a history and English teacher all his life, in Perth, Sydney, the USA, UK, and France. He has lived in the West End of Fremantle near the National Hotel for 24 years.

Drinks will be available for purchase in the Upstairs Bar

Introduced by Dr Lise Summers, President, History Council of Western Australia

RSVP to office@historycouncilwa.org.au or 0421 477 034


Full Circle Project – seeking volunteers to be interviewed

The Centre for WA History is embarking on a major memories project with the University of Hertfordshire to record the stories of emigrants from the South-East of England.

We are looking for eligible volunteers to be interviewed by undergraduate students on Thurs 25th Sept PM or Sat 27th September (all day) at UWA.

British ex-pats who would like to be involved in this project are encouraged to register online at: http://www.cwah.uwa.edu.au/services (Click on ‘Full Circle’ in the middle of the page)


Lucy Hair, Research Coordinator
Centre for WA History
School of Humanities, M208
University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009
ph: 6488 2143   mob: 0438 864 442


11th title of Geraldton’s Story

The Geraldton Regional Library recently launched the 11th title in our Mid West Heritage Series, Geraldton’s Story, before a packed house of over 120 people.

This title was researched and written by well-known, local historian, Stan Gratte (OAM).  The booklet provides an excellent historical overview of our City, looking at how Aboriginal culture was at the time of European arrival, through to early settlement of the town, the depression and war years, and to the present time.

Geraldton’s Story is for sale from our Heritage Services Bookshop for $9.95.  Check out previous titles in this series at http://library.cgg.wa.gov.au/heritage-bookshop/


The Foundation is conducting a grants round this year on the following dates: 

Closing date for applications – Friday 5 September 

Announcement of grant recipients – on or before Monday 6 October

A small number of grants will be made, normally to a maximum of $10,000 in any one grant.


A project must fall within the Foundation’s Objects to be eligible to apply for a grant.


•    to encourage interest in and knowledge of Western Australian history;

•    to promote the teaching of Western Australian history at all levels of education;

•    to promote research into Western Australian history, particularly from within the State’s tertiary education institutions;

•    to assist with the production, publication and distribution of teaching materials based on research and linked to curricula for use at all levels of education;

•    to raise, manage and distribute funds for the furtherance of these objectives.

For guidelines and more information, see the Foundation’s website: http://www.wahistoryfoundation.org.au


The Secretary is available to answer further questions by email.

Lenore Layman [Dr]
Secretary, WA History Foundation Inc.

Aboriginal Heritage Review

Robin Chapple MLC is concerned that the draft Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Bill 2014 proposes changes that remove any kind of community involvement in the protection of Aboriginal heritage sites.

Robin’s message and public notice are attached.


Public Notice AHA Bill 2014 final 1 3

Please note that submissions are due by 5 August 2014.

See also the History Council of Western Australia advocacy paper on Aboriginal Heritage at http://www.historycouncilwa.org.au/advocacy/aboriginal-heritage

Forced Adoptions History Project

The National Archives of Australia has launched the Forced Adoptions History Project, as part of a program to acknowledge the first anniversary of the Federal Government’s apology to people affected by former forced adoption policies and practices in Australia.

The aim is to increase public awareness of the issues; identify and share experiences of forced adoptions; and provide information about how to access records.

The website for this project is accessible at www.forcedadoptions.naa.gov.au

See also the History Council of Western Australia advocacy paper on Access to Family Records


History Council – online survey


The History Council has been fortunate enough to obtain a grant from Lotterywest to assist us with our Organisational Development.

To assist us in moving forward, we have appointed Blue Zoo Management Advisory Services as our consultants.

As part of the History Council’s strategic review we are considering the role and value of our service.

We would like to invite you to participate in a short ten question survey to provide your views on the History Council going forward. Please click the link below to take the survey.


The survey closes on Monday 19 May 2014


WA State Budget – Arts and Culture briefing

Last night, the Chamber of Arts and Culture and the Department of Culture and the Arts, presented a briefing on the impact of the new State Budget.  While the focus was primarily on the arts, rather than culture, funding, there were some points of interest for those interested in developing arts content based on history, and for history practitioners and memory institutions. The Minister acknowledged that CACWA and the Department may have differing views, but he felt that this was all to the good, as it helped to raise the profile of arts and culture generally.

First and foremost, of course, is the planning for the new Perth Museum, a flagship for the WA Museum and the Museum Board. Planning is going well, and advertising for contracts for a manager for the construction phase is expected in the latter half of this calendar year. The budget sum is still set at $428 million, and has not changed in over three years, so it will be interesting to see whether there is room for expansion due to changing technologies and simple CPI increases. There is increased infrastructure for various state collecting institutions, will start to appear in 2015/2016. In the meantime, stage 2 of the Alexander Library Building roof replacement is continuing, new wet stores are being constructed for the Museum, and AGWA is to get new lighting in the exhibition areas.

Regional Arts has been promised a fantastic $24 million boost, mostly for touring programs, but as history is often a fundamental source of inspiration for artists, playwrights and other arts practitioners, this could be an interesting opportunity to promote history awareness across regional WA.  Two million is promised in the coming financial year, with the remainder over the following years. DCA and the Department of Regional Development are in discussions about how the money should be targeted, and the Minister (and we) hope that the arts and culture communities will be involved in the discussions.  We will keep our ears and eyes open for any forums or discussion groups – buzzwords to look for are the Regional Arts and Culture Blueprint, and the Cultural Value Quality Framework.

The Minister acknowledged that the proportion of the budget set aside for arts and culture has declined over recent years, but was keen to identify additional sources of funding, such as LotteryWest and the Royalty for Regions project.

As always, the real impact and implication of this Budget are yet to be fully discussed. Estimates discussions are always fascinating, and it is up to us to contact the Minister, Shadow Minister and Greens Arts and Culture spokesperson to flag anything that we believe to be of concern.  Please contact the History Council office for anything that you believe we should advocate for, or the Parliamentary members directly.