Young historians celebrated

The 2015 winners of the National History Challenge for Australian Students have been announced. The annual Challenge demonstrates the quality of work which is being produced in our primary and secondary schools and testifies to the importance and value of understanding our own past. This year entrants responded to the theme ‘Leadership and Legacy’. The Read more …

The Seven Dwarfs and the Age of the Mandarins: Australian Government Administration in the Post-War Reconstruction Era

Samuel Furphy has edited The Seven Dwarfs and the Age of the Mandarins: Australian Government Administration in the Post-War Reconstruction Era (ANU Press). Originally a witty epithet applied to a powerful group of senior public servants, the term has come to represent the professionalisation of Australian government administration during the Second World War and post-war Read more …

In the Shadows of Memory: The Holocaust and the Third Generation

Jordana Silverstein, with Esther Jilovsky, David Slucki, has edited In the Shadows of Memory: The Holocaust and the Third Generation (Vallentine Mitchell) with contributions from historians, literary and cultural studies scholars, psychologists, and sociologists, together with autobiographical narratives from members of the Third Generation, which illuminate the scholarly research presented.

Report of Rosendo Salvado to Propaganda Fide in 1883

Stefano Girola launched in Perth last month his translated and edited Report of Rosendo Salvado to Propaganda Fide in 1883 (Morning Star Publishing). Bishop Salvado’s 1883 Report provides a detailed account of the Benedictine mission among the Noongar people of Western Australia. A primary source for those interested in the history of the Benedictine mission Read more …

AHA members elected Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2015

The AHA congratulates Trevor Burnard and Amanda Nettelbeck who are among the 23 new fellows elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2015. ‘We’re delighted to welcome this impressive group of scholars to the Academy’, said President of the Academy, Professor John Fitzgerald FAHA. ‘Their election is testament to the excellence and influence Read more …

Honest History E-newsletter No. 31, 1 December 2015, out now!

Honest History’s e-newsletter has gone out to subscribers and is also on the Honest History website. This month brings the latest research from Ankara on the elusive ‘Ataturk words’ of 1934; David Stephens wondering whether the new Minister for the Centenary of Anzac will be too busy with his other jobs to do it properly; Read more …

New edition of The Oral History Reader

Rob Perks and Alistair Thomson have just published the new, third edition of The Oral History Reader, a comprehensive, international anthology combining major, ‘classic’ articles with cutting-edge pieces on the theory, method and use of oral history. Twenty-seven new chapters introduce the most significant developments in oral history in the last decade to bring this invaluable Read more …

Philanthropic support for history

A significant gift of $10 million for the Arts and Humanities from Jane Hansen and Paul Little, AO, was announced on 23 November with the launch of The Little Foundation. The gift is being made to the University of Melbourne to establish The Hansen Trust, an ambitious project to foster the teaching of history and Read more …

Film and television rights to Clare Wright’s The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka optioned

Ruby Entertainment has optioned the dramatic film and television rights for The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright. Ruby Entertainment produced The Secret River as a two-part mini series based on the novel by Kate Grenville: it won the 2015 Screen Producers Australia Award for Telemovie/Mini Series Production of the Year and has been Read more …

New issue of reCollections: A Journal of Museums and Collections out now

Volume 10 number 2 of the National Museum of Australia’s journal has contributions by Jan Brazier (Macleay Museum) and Molly Duggins (National Art School) on the production history and aesthetics of biological models and wall charts; and by Peter Brett (University of Tasmania) on the pedagogical challenges and opportunities afforded by Home Hill house museum, Read more …