Premier’s Book Awards will not happen in 2015

On Thursday, the History Council and other stakeholders were advised by the State Library of WA that:

A decision has been made that the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards will now take place every two years, commencing in 2016. Therefore there will be no 2015 Awards.


No rationale has been provided for the decision, and we are unaware of any consultation or discussion that may have occurred prior to the decision.  The decision does not appear to be in line with the SLWA’s strategic directions of encouraging literacy and creativity. WritingWA has advised that they will be seeking a meeting with SLWA to discuss the situation, and the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA has released a statement, which the History Council endorses.

The History Council has a long and proud tradition of supporting the Premier’s Book Awards, including the review of the History award by then council members, Malcolm Allbrook and Mary Anne Jebb.  We ask that members write to the Council and to SLWA expressing their concern and support for the awards.

A petition is now being circulated.

Job vacancy: Executive Officer: History Council of Western Australia



Executive Officer: History Council of Western Australia

The History Council is the peak body for history in Western Australia. Its key role is to advocate for history, and to promote an awareness of history across the State.

Applications are currently sought for the position of Executive Officer. The challenging and varied duties of this position call for an applicant with excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently, a sound knowledge of office administration, meeting procedure and familiarity with the historical and cultural organisations of the state of WA. Experience with grant applications and media liaison would be an advantage.  Familiarity with WordPress web applications and social media would also be considered favourably.

The duties of the position include providing administrative support to the Executive and Management Committees of the History Council, managing the day to day affairs of the History Council, managing the Council’s public programs, and maintaining the web site, and liaison with other organisations in accordance with the Council’s Strategic Plan.

The Council will discuss salary options with the successful applicant, and will consider either developing a PAYG or contractual arrangement, averaging a .2 FTE. Hours are flexible, but may include some evenings and weekends.

Applications should be addressed to

When applying for this position please pay particular note to the Duty Statement and Selection Criteria.

14.11.27 History Council of Western Australia Executive Officer Duty Statement


2015 Heritage Festival – event registrations open


Heritage Festival – Event registrations now open

Join us in celebrating Australia’s diverse historic, natural and Aboriginal heritage, through talks, tours, exhibitions and events across Western Australia by registering an event in the National Trust Heritage Festival 2015 which runs 18 April – 18 May.  Registrations for the programme will close on 12 December.

What do you receive? A free listing in the printed programme, a dedicated page for your entry on the national website, the opportunity to raise the profile of your organisation and offer the community a chance to appreciate our heritage.

About the Festival – Previously the Western Australian Heritage Festival, this is WA’s biggest heritage festival and in 2014 attracted over 90,000 people with 169 registered events registered in cities and towns across the state. With a corresponding festival in each state and territory there were over 1,500 events nationwide. The event is promoted via a range of promotional campaigns involving traditional and electronic media.

This year’s optional theme, Conflict + Compassion, evokes stories of kindness and creativity, civil tension and struggle, animal rescue, ANZAC memories and Aboriginal history. Or interpret the theme to suit your event.

Visit the Festival website at to register your event today.

For queries contact the Julie Hutchens, WA Coordinator, via or phone 08 9321 6088.

Voices of World War II Perth


The Voices of WWII Perth project is now live!


Visit the City of Perth History Centre blog to hear the wartime recollections of business owners, servicemen and servicewomen, children, city workers and every day men and women:

And don’t forget to follow our SoundCloud account (username: Perth HistoryCentre) so you can be informed of future uploads from the oral historycollection:

More information about this project is available via the blog.


Kind regards
Perth History Centre team
City of Perth History Centre


New Faculty Honours Research Fellowships for 2015

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the introduction of nine Honours Research Fellowships to be awarded to outstanding undergraduates intending to undertake an Honours year in 2015.

The deadline for Fellowship applications is 15 November 2014.

All Fellowship applications should be sent as a single pdf or Word document to Martin King (



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