This free public seminar will examine the life and times of some of Northbridge’s most colourful residents and the traces they left behind in the National Archives. The event will be held at the WA Office of the National Archives of Australia at 10.30am on Thursday May 30. To book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9470 7500.
Editor’s Third Pick of the Conferences for 2019 ‘All Roads Lead to Hong Kong’: People, City, Empires, Hong Kong History Project Conference CFP
Hong Kong has been described as its own cultural-historical place at the edge of the Chinese and British empires, and as an ‘in-between place’.
The third presentation in this series will feature Professor Susan Broomhall from UWA’s history department speaking on “Missing Magnificence: tracing Catherine de Medici’s hidden cultural legacy”.
How have the local and the global intersected, inspired and transformed experiences within and from Australia’s history? How do the histories of Indigenous, imperial, migrant and the myriad of other communities and networks inform, contest and shape knowledge about Australia today?
FARA will conduct their annual tour from Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th July 2019. FARA has been offering its annual Burrup Murujuga Rock Art Tour for ten years, giving people from all over Australia and beyond a chance to experience the unique heritage offered by his extraordinary country. For more information head here: https://www.fara.com.au/burrup-murujuga-tour/
Recent rewritings of the global history of imperialism have pointed to important expressions of local and indigenous agency that survived beneath and alongside the structures of empire. Microhistories and global histories alike have revised the earlier, static understanding of monolithic metropolitan power and have pointed to lively contests for local and regional power.
This year’s symposium, “The Female Frame: Biopolitics and Wellbeing in Australian and Global Perspective”, will be held in Perth and features keynote presentations from Professor Tanya Fitzgerald and Professor Ann Curthoys. The call for papers is open until 1 June 2019. For further information about the symposium and abstract submission head here: http://www.auswhn.org.au/awhn-conference/
The Australian Society for the Study of Labour History was founded in 1961 to study “the working class situation … and social history in the fullest sense”. The Society aims not only to encourage teaching and research in labour history, but also the preservation of the records of working people and the labour movement. It desires to make history a vital part of popular consciousness and a matter for reflection and debate.
Saturday 4 May 2019 marks the centenary of ‘Bloody Sunday’, an industrial action that took place on Fremantle Wharf in 1919. Desperate wharfies (or lumpers, as they were then called) who had been locked out of their workplace, marched onto the wharf to prevent scab labour unloading the Dimboola, a ship that had arrived from the eastern states with influenza victims among its passengers.
On the back of the successful inaugural WA State Heritage & History Conference "Connections" held in May 2017 with more than 350 attendees we are pleased to announce that the second conference will take place on 28 to 30 April 2019 with the theme 'Handle with Care'.
Celebrating Australian heritage this year’s festival will bring together an array of events across the nation from 18 April–19 May 2019. The theme this year is ‘Connecting People, Places and the Past’. Events across Australia will be held at historic buildings, landmarks, shipwrecks and sacred sites.
Editor’s Second Pick of the Conferences for 2019 Bentham and Australia: Convicts, Utility, and Empire Conference CFP
The Bentham Project (UCL Faculty of Laws), together with UCL History, are delighted to announce a conference, to be held on 11–12 April 2019, to mark the forthcoming publication of Bentham’s Writings on Australia, a forthcoming volume of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham.
To be held at John XXIII College, Mount Claremont. The Conference will include sessions for primary and secondary, Modern and Ancient History teachers.
Register to attend at www.htawa.org.au
Join historians Charlie Fox and Bobbie Oliver as they chart Perth and Fremantle's unknown yet radical pasts.
Hear fascinating stories of radical moments in the cities' past. From the 1890s and as recent as Occupy: ‘Bloody Sunday’ on Fremantle Wharf, the Chinese community's fight for survival, Perth's Red Dean and his rock masses, bodgies and widgies at Scarborough's Snake Pit, women's apron parades in the 1950s, Fremantle's Rajneeshees, the Point Peron Women's Peace Camp and many more.
WA Government Digital Information Management Strategies: Australian Society of Archivists – 14 March 2019
Members and friends of the History Council of WA are welcome to attend ASA’s ice-breaker event for 2019 with Duncan Ord on 14 March 2019 4:30-6:30pm. He will update us on the state government’s digital information management infrastructure strategies, including the State’s digital information transition plans, the management of ‘born digital records’, and digital archives initiatives.
Monday 4 March 2019 (Labour Day holiday) marks the 25th anniversary of the Midland Government Railway Workshops closure in 1994. During much of the 20th century, the Workshops was the State’s largest industrial employer and the closure had a significant impact on the workforce, the suburb of Midland and the whole of Perth.
To celebrate the Cicada exhibition, join State Library staff behind the scenes to see the Shaun Tan artwork held by the State Library in the Peter Williams Collection of Australian picture book art. Oil paintings, clay sculptures, notebooks, sketches and unpublished illustrations from books including Memorial (1999), The Lost Thing (2000), The Red Tree (2001) Rules of Summer (2013) and The Singing Bones (2015) provide a unique insight into Tan’s creative mind and artistic body of work.
During the twentieth century, the southwestern corner of Australia was cleared for intensive agriculture. In the space of several decades, an arc from Esperance to Geraldton, an area of land larger than England, was cleared of native flora for the farming of grain and livestock.
The Australian Indigenous Language Institute is a partnership between universities to make learning an Indigenous language more accessible to all Australians.
September 25 – 28 @ The Astral, Crown Perth, WA. Log onto our Conference website for full program, registration and accommodation details.
Discover the history of gardens, parks, societies, institutional & recreational spaces from the western suburbs that contribute to the garden heritage of Western Australia.
Admission by gold coin donation
We are delighted to have as our guest speaker for our annual lecture Alec Coles, Chief Executive Officer, Western Australian Museum. Alec will speak on how the New Museum will build on the past strengths of the WA Museum and what new directions it might take, no doubt including reference to the recent State Government announcement about entry fees to the New Museum.
Historians and Archaeologists from near and far are coming together for a day-long symposium in the world heritage listed Fremantle Prison to present the latest research on convictism in Western Australia.
2018 marks 150 years since Hougoumont, the last convict ship to arrive in Australia, docked at Fremantle. To commemorate the sesquicentenary a bevy of events were planned. In January RWAHS hosted a lecture, “Hougoumont and its Warders and Pensioner Guards” and in February Pamela Statham Drew gave a lecture: "WA Convicts: their lives and influence on the Colony".