SRO LUNCHTIME SEMINAR: WEDNESDAY 17 OCTOBER 2012
The next SRO Lunchtime Seminar will occur on Wednesday 17 October 2012.
Speaker: Dr Lise Summers, Senior Archivist at the SRO
Topic: ‘The Year of the Farmer and Biodiversity: Researching in the SRO’
Time: 12.30 – 1.30pm
Venue: The SRO’s South West Room, ground floor, south west corner of the Alexander Library Building, entrance from the Perth Cultural Centre
Attendees are encouraged to bring their sandwiches and drinks to the Seminar. Tea and Coffee are provided.
As places are limited you must book to secure your place by emailing email@example.com or by phoning 94273600.
This SRO Seminar is being held to celebrate the Urban Spring Festival, which will be held in the Perth Cultural Centre on 20 October 2012.
THE ROYAL WESTERN AUSTRALIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY (INC)
Stirling House, 49 Broadway, Nedlands WA 6009. Phone (08) 9386 3841 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org // Website www.histwest.org.au Opening Hours 9.30 am – 5pm weekdays
Program of Research Papers. Presented at the General Meetings held 6pm at Stirling House on the third Wednesday of each month from February to November. Light refreshments served from 5.30pm. Bookshop open until 6pm.
17 Oct Ruth Marchant James, The Burt family and their houses
MUSEUMS AUSTRALIA ANNUAL STATE CONFERENCE
Thursday 18th and Friday 19th October 2012
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
The annual State Conference is the highlight of our professional development calendar, and this year under the banner of Contemporary Trends/ Creative Engagement we are looking at some of the major issues affecting cultural and natural heritage management in WA today.
Our two day program is packed with instructive workshops and features many distinguished speakers, and should appeal to delegates from large and small cultural organizations. Program outline – 02 10 12
In her keynote address Vicki Laurie questions whether we need to trumpet WA’s natural assets better, give greater voice to our homegrown experts and involve kids.
Other themes the conference explores include sustainability and succession planning for regional collections, the Australian Curriculum, playful learning in museums, online communications, and using digital media to make global links.
If you are interested in attending please complete the attached registration form and return it to Rosemary Fitzgerald. 2012RegistrationForm
UWA HISTORICAL SOCIETY LANDSCAPE TALK & WALK
Sunday 21 October 2012
Members and friends are invited to a LANDSCAPE TALK AND WALK by Gillian Lilleyman at the Crawley Campus on Sunday 21 October 2012 at 2.30pm commencing in the Old Senate Room of the Irwin Street Building, located on the western side of James Oval at the Crawley Campus of the University.
Gillian will speak about the Campus landscape history, then guide a walk to relevant parts of the Campus.
Crawley Campus is notable as a place of exceptional cultural heritage significance, rich in the history of landscape development and buildings integrated in an exceptional manner whereby each draws inseparably upon the presence of the other. Gillian Lilleyman is a Landscape Historian of note, responsible for the identification and documentation of the landscape component of the Conservation Management Plan prepared in December 2008 for the Crawley Campus. Her knowledge of this special place is extensive. Gillian is co-author of ‘A Landscape for Learning: a History of the Grounds of the University of Western Australia’ and a contributor to the forthcoming centennial history of the University.
RSVP by phone to 9384-6166 by Wednesday 17 October to register your attendance. A gold coin donation would be appreciated.
IS AUSTRALIA GOING WEST? WILL PERTH BE THE CAPITAL BY 2050?
A public forum with Professors Geoffrey Blainey AC and Geoffrey Bolton AO, presented by the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies and Faculty of Arts
Thursday 25 October 2012, 6 – 7.30pm University Club Theatre, UWA
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The discussion will be chaired by renowned Australian journalist and broadcaster, Geraldine Doogue.
Two of Australia’s most eminent historians, Professors Geoff Bolton and Geoff Blainey, long-time sparring partners, discuss Perth’s increasing significance on the national scene. Today Western Australia’s booming economy bankrolls the nation. Are there parallels with the past? Were there similar trends during the Western Australian gold boom of the 1890s, when the population of the colony quadrupled and thousands of the unemployed, professionals and labourers alike, fled depressed conditions in the eastern colonies. Today the population of Western Australia is increasing equally rapidly, with a population increase of 2.6%, or 61,000 people, in 2011 alone. In the 1890s the vast majority of new West Australians were male. Is this the case today? And what does it mean for the future? By 2050 will Western Australia’s natural resources — its iron ore and natural gas — have generated such vast increases in population and wealth that the economic centre of the nation will have shifted west? Or will our riches have all run out?
FREMANTLE HISTORY SOCIETY – FREMANTLE STUDIES DAY
When: Sunday 28 October, 2012
Registration: from 1pm
Papers: 1.30 – 5.00 pm (afternoon tea included) as well as the launch of vol.7 of Fremantle Studies) Where: Artillery Barracks Burt Street, Fremantle C
Cost: $12 members, $15 non-members (join on the day for member’s price)
RSVP: Essential by 23 October to 9430 6096, 0403 026 096, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Reverend James Brown
The Reverend James Brown was Anglican chaplain to the Fremantle Convict Establishment from 1853-55. During this time he issued reports to the Comptroller General that provide insights into the Convict Establishments and the relations between Church and State. The paper will focus on one such report and give background information on Brown and the Establishment.
Alex Grose is a philosophy graduate and performing artist with a keen interest in Fremantle History. He has worked at the Fremantle Prison and appeared on ABC Radio for the segment The Big Picture.
Fremantle: port to abeyance
Within hours of the outbreak of World War One in August 1914, Fremantle Harbour became part of the theatre of war in the Pacific. A German merchant ship was shot at, its crew detained, the vessel taken as a prize of war and internment prepared. After using the Esplanade Hotel and the Fremantle Artillery Barracks as interim places of detention, Rottnest Island was chosen as the site of an internment camp, ultimately housing more than one thousand enemy aliens from three German ships, as well as locals of German and Austrian descent. Fremantle became a gateway to months of uncertainty and years of incarceration, putting the lives of many on hold. This paper will cover some of the dramas unfolding in Fremantle in those first few weeks of a long and bloody war.
Alexandra Ludewig, Professor of German Studies, is Head of the German Department at the University of Western Australia. She is currently engrossed in researching the World War One internment camps at Ruhleben near Berlin and on Western Australia’s Rottnest Island.
Negotiating the civic–‐heart of Fremantle: past, present and critical perspectives of Kings Square
This paper will consider the history of Kings Square, the ‘civic heart of Fremantle’, including associated issues of dysfunction and the many solutions that have been proposed for the space. Much of this research is drawn from a close reading of the Fremantle Herald between 2000 and 2010 in addition to observation of King Square and its visitors by the author during 2009 and provides an insight into the representation of Aboriginal groups and individuals in Kings Square and spaces of silence within Fremantle more broadly.
Shaphan Cox is currently employed as an Early Career Research fellow in Geography at Curtin University. He completed a PhD in March 2012 entitled ‘Whose City/whose Fremantle?’: Reconceptualising Space for an Open Politics of Place.
‘The Kaiser’s spy on Queen Victoria Street’
By the outbreak of World War I, German Consul Carl Ratazzi had already been a Fremantle resident for almost 2 decades. Along with his position as Consul, he was an established shipping merchant and representative of the Norddeutsche Lloyd. Accused of being a German spy, he was interned during World War I alongside many other Germans living in WA at the time. This paper aims to provide background information on the German Consulate in Fremantle with a specific focus on one of its most interesting characters, Consul Ratazzi. Furthermore, it aims to investigate whether the accusations of espionage were justified or not.
Sebastian Boch is an honours student at the University of Western Australia completing a Bachelor of Arts in History and German Studies (Hons).
Museum Conversations: Wednesday, 31 October
A Night at the Museum! Join us on the spookiest evening of the year for a fright night tour of the City of Belmont Museum. Hear some spine chilling local ghost stories and folklore this Halloween, October 31st, from 6:30- 7:30pm. Bookings are essential and spaces are limited. Please RSVP to the Ruth Faulkner Public Library at email@example.com, ph: 9477 7150 or in person at the Ruth Faulkner Public Library or City of Belmont Museum. Belmont Museum, 9277 7387 FREE Bookings essential. Please RSVP to the Ruth Faulkner Public Library at firstname.lastname@example.org, ph: 9477 7150 or in person at the Ruth Faulkner Public Library or City of Belmont Museum.