Posts tagged autumn 2019
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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