President’s Report

We are delighted that Bill Bunbury OAM, oral historian extraordinaire, has agreed to give the 2019 History Council Annual Lecture on Thursday, 22 August 2019 | 5:30-7pm |Great Southern Room, SLWA.

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Vale Neil Byrne

The Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH), Perth Branch is very sad to announce the passing of our President, Neil Byrne, after a long illness. 

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Margaret Medcalf Award

Congratulations to Dr Robin Barrington of Curtin University, who was awarded the 2019 Margaret Medcalf Medal for her journal article ‘A Race War: Tracing emotions on the Murchison frontier in Western Australia 1880-1915’.

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The Midland Railway Workshops project

History and heritage are not synonyms, something made clear in A Natural Battleground: The fight to establish a rail heritage centre at Western Australia’s Midland Railway Workshops, historian Bobbie Oliver’s most recent work, published on the 25th anniversary of the closure of the WAGR Railway Workshops at Midland.

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NOTICES

City of Vincent Local History Awards

Australian Historical Association Petition in Support of the Uluru Statement from the Heart

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President’s Report

A number of issues have recently emerged that are set to become hot topics over the next months and perhaps years.  Firstly, the reduction in the number of students studying History at secondary school, because of the proliferation of WACE subjects in Years 11 and 12. Secondly, the position of History in WA Government Arts Leadership Group’s Strategic Directions 2016-31. Thirdly, the continuing lack of storage space for State Archives and the challenge of born-digital archives.

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Reports on Recent Events

Radical Perth, Militant Fremantle Talk – March 19, State Library of WA

People, political movements and places of working class resistance were themes taken up by two of Perth’s most renowned labour historians, Bobbie Oliver and Charlie Fox. Bobbie and Charlie (along with Lenore Layman) are the editors of the recently published Radical Perth Militant Fremantle book. Speaking at the State Library they took stories from that book to reveal the often unknown history of Western Australia, those moments where ordinary people fought back against ‘the system’ or offered alternatives to the conventionality of the mainstream.

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Feature Article – Mead Farm, Leda

As a horse enthusiast, former Riding Develops Abilities (RDA) volunteer and as a local, Heritage listed Mead Farm in Leda, between Rockingham and Kwinana, is of interest to me. The site has recently been given a new lease of life by local Not-for-Profit organisation Peel Horsepower (Formerly Peel RDA) and the WA State Govt. Associated with the Mead family who were pioneers in this State and owned the farm for over 130 years, much of the existing fabric of the building features in the family’s history, illustrating aspects of their lives. 

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Future Conferences – Call for Papers

‘Activism, Struggle and Labour History’, 16th National Biennial Labour History Conference
‘The Antipodes and Beyond: Foregrounding Irish Women’, 24th ISAANZ Conference CFP
‘Beyond Borders: Health and Medicine in Historical Context,’ ANZSHM Biennial Conference CFP
History Teachers Association of Australia 2019 Conference
‘Embodying Romanticism’: Romantic Studies Association of Australasia 2019 Conference

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President’s Report

Happy New Year to all our members and friends. This edition of our newsletter includes a bumper crop of coming events, the chance to win free books, notice of coming conferences and reports of recent events. It also includes in-depth focus articles, including one on the study of Ancient History in WA. It has been very capably edited by Sally Davies of the History Teachers Association of WA and Committee Member of the History Council of WA.

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Recent Events

On Thursday 6 December, members of the History Council of WA and the Professional Historians Association (WA) attended a Christmas Sundowner at the former Lemnos Hospital, now part of Shenton College. By Pam Harris.

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Opportunities

Premier’s Book Award: following up from the article in the Spring newsletter, the details of the Premier’s Book award are available here. The scope of the History Award has been broadened to include other non-fiction. The emphasis seems to be on encouraging new work.

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2019 Margaret Medcalf Award: Call for Nominations

Since 2003, 18 researchers and historians, creating works on various Western Australian subjects, have won the Margaret Medcalf Award recognizing excellence in referencing and research. To submit a nominated work please complete a 2019 Margaret Medcalf Award Nomination Form and send it along with three copies of nominated works to the SRO at the address provided.

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Jenny GREGORYSummer 2019