The ABC has announced that they are considering axing Hindsight, the ABC’s only dedicated history program across all ABC channels and stations. If we lose Hindsight, the history community loses a really important way to communicate history to a broader audience (the weekly ratings for the 2 Hindsight broadcasts are around 90 000), and the only media outlet for history will be television, which, while a great way to reach audiences, has far more barriers to entry and is a vastly more expensive way to communicate history to the public.

Write to the ABC or your local member of Parliament.

Tom Stannage Commemorative Appeal

It is almost two years since Tom Stannage unexpectedly passed away, a loss keenly felt throughout Western Australia. The University of Western Australia plans to commemorate Tom’s exceptional contribution to the Western Australian community with the establishment of the Tom Stannage Award in Australian History.

Tom is remembered as an inspiring teacher, a fine scholar and a passionate advocate for the study of history. Perceiving a systemic neglect of Western Australian history, Tom worked hard to foster a wider understanding of the State’s history and heritage. His writings were evocative and unflinching, and gave a voice to the ‘ordinary people’ of the State’s past.

In particular, Tom highlighted the devastation of Indigenous cultures during colonisation, and was central to the inclusion of Aboriginal history into UWA’s curriculum. His exemplary work was recognised through a Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia, Membership of the Order of Australia and a Centenary Medal. In 1997, Tom won the inaugural Prime Minister’s Awards for both Humanities Teacher and University Teacher of the Year.

During his teaching career, Tom was tremendously supportive of honours research, supervising many students who went on to build careers throughout Australia. The Tom Stannage Awards in Australian History will continue Tom’s efforts to support honours students, will enrich the student experience, and will help build connections with emerging historians in other parts of Australia and beyond. Each year, it will bring the very best honours students in Australian History to UWA to participate with local UWA honours students, in a week-long symposium centering on key issues in Australian history that will be led by a leading historian.

We invite you, as one of the many people touched by Tom’s remarkable life, to contribute to the Tom Stannage Awards in Australian History. Our aim is to raise $100,000 to fund the Awards in perpetuity. All contributions will be greatly valued and are tax-deductible.

Donations can be made online. Simply select the Your Choice option in the Make a gift section, and type Tom Stannage Appeal. Alternatively, you can make a gift by returning this gift form in the post.

If you have any queries, please contact Claire Lenyk via email or +61 8 6488 8906.

Thank you for helping us to commemorate Tom’s life and work.

Winthrop Professor Krishna Sen
Dean, Faculty of Arts
Winthrop Professor Jenny Gregory
Head of School, School of Humanities

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 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: (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


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:


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

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

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