Digitally archiving the bottom drawer

A new web facility has created a space for people to ‘to collectively contribute your photographs and artefacts lost and forgotten in rarely-opened bottom drawers throughout the world’. The website gives anybody the opportunity to preserve, validate and share their artefacts and stories. Registration is free. Visit the website.

Australia’s community heritage online

A new website encourages the collection and sharing of information, stories and anecdotes related to people, places and events that have contributed to Australia’s heritage. The website is an initiative of the Australian Government department with responsibility for heritage (the Department of the Environment) to engage people in heritage more widely across Australian communities. The Read more …

Parliamentary friends of history and heritage

Following a suggestion by the Federation of Australian Historical Societies, the Commonwealth Minister responsible for Heritage, the Hon Greg Hunt, initiated the promotion of a Parliamentary Friends of History and Heritage group within federal Members of Parliament. It has now been established, with Eric Hutchinson (Liberal, Tasmania) as Convenor and Laurie Ferguson (Labor, NSW) as Read more …

AHA member shortlisted for 2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Award Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction

Philip Dwyer was shortlisted for the 2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Award Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction for his book Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power 1799-1815 (Bloomsbury, 2014). The judges described it as ‘a monumental feat of scholarship, an absorbing portrait of a deeply ambitious and deeply flawed man, and brilliant account of a towering figure Read more …

AHA member wins 2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Award in Multicultural NSW category

Matthew Klugman (with Gary Osmond) has won the 2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Award in the Multicultural NSW category ($20,000) for their book Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo (NewSouth Books, 2013). The judges said, ‘In writing that is clear, conversational and never downplays the gravity of the subject, Black and Proud Read more …

Coral Thomas Fellowship

The State Library of New South Wales is calling for applications to the Coral Thomas Fellowship which supports research into major questions in the humanities. Cross cultural and interdisciplinary applications are welcome. Projects proposed for the Coral Thomas Fellowship need not be limited to archival research but may also employ emerging methodologies in the digital Read more …