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No. 155, 26th August 2016
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FAHS Update: Copyright on Unpublished Material

Message from FAHS

Copyright on unpublished material. 

As societies who have collections will be well aware, in Australia unpublished material is held in perpetual copyright and cannot be published except under exceptional circumstances. As well as inhibiting the use of manuscript material, this can produce strange circumstances.
In one example, Canberra and District Historical Society holds, in its collection, three hitherto unpublished journals describing and illustrating lengthy journeys around the ACT between the years 1926 and 1931. They are an invaluable record of the natural environment of Canberra as well as a record of the scattered development that had begun in the Capital. In 2015, CDHS received an ACT Heritage grant for their conservation and restoration and in the latest news, the volumes, known as the 'Jefferis, Whelen Historical Documentation of Canberrahave been granted provisional registration on the ACT Heritage Register.  All of this has led to considerable interest from institutions and private individuals who would all like copies of the journals. However, as both authors are now deceased and CDHS has not been able to trace their heirs, under the current legislation, it is not possible to publish all or part of these journals. They currently remain an almost hidden treasure.
The FAHS and the Galleries, Libraries, Archuves and Museum (GLAM) sector have been agitating for a change in the legislation and we are hopeful that a solution may be close. We understand that the relevant Department has prepared drafting instructions and has asked for priority listing for the introduction of legislation. We are hopeful of it being introduced in the next session of federal parliament.

Source: FAHS, President, Associate Professor Don Garden and Senior Vice President Esther Davies

The FAHS History Clinic opens - Tuesday afternoons by appointment
FAHS Outreach Office Opens History Clinic  
The Dr is in the house Tuesdays 1pm-4pm by appointment
Want help setting up email campaigns?

Need advice on scanning, image resolution, data management?

Confused about how to develop an interpretation plan?

Trying to sort out the web; Facebook; Flickr; Instagram?
Dr Bernadette Flynn the FAHS Outreach Office is available at History Clinic to assist with practical questions about running your historical society. Dr Flynn has professional expertise in image management, video, multimedia and has a particular interest in activating collections and historical interpretation. 

Lodge a request via email and book in for a session
Sessions will be conducted online.

Further Information or phone 02 4377-1682

Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wave Hill walk-off

August 19th - 21st - Three days of commemorations were held at Kalkarindji to mark 50 years since Wave Hill walk-off 

       Photo: Gurindji Strikers at Wattle Creek led by Vincent Lingiari in 1967

Descendants of the Gurindji men and women who walked off Wave Hill station 50 years ago to protest against unfair work and living conditions have retraced their steps to mark the anniversary. Everyone who joined the march headed down to the banks of the Victoria River, which is where the Gurindji first set up their camp after they walked off Vesty station back in 1966.

In 1966, 200 Gurindji stockmen and house servants walked off Wave Hill station in protest against poor treatment of Aboriginal Australians. The movement resulted in a portion of Gurindji land being handed back to traditional owners nine years later.

A symbolic handful of earth being poured into the hands of Vincent Lingiari by former Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, would forever capture the first major victory of Indigenous land rights.

Thousands of people, including descendants of the 1966 Gurindji stockmen, used today's walk-off to celebrate that achievement.

Photo: marchers retraced the steps of 200 Gurindji stockmen and house servants in 1996 (ABC News: Tristan Hooft)

Source: ABC news 

Book Launch: A Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle, After the Walk-off

Wednesday 31 August – Launch of 'A Handful of Sand' by Charlie Ward at NT Library, 5.15pm
Join writer and historian Charlie Ward for the launch of his new book 'A Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle, After the Walk-off' at Northern Territory Library. The author will be joined by Charlie King (ABC Darwin), Rob Wesley-Smith (unionist/activist) and Murray McLaughlin (Northern Land Council) for a discussion about the historic Wave Hill Walk-off.

This launch will coincide with a new exhibition from the Northern Territory Library, 'Wave Hill: Before the Walk-off', an audio-visual essay of life and work on Wave Hill Station before the walk-off by the Gurindji 50 year ago.

Source: HSNT Newsletter

Featured Historical Society - Nannup Historical Society 

The Nannup Historical Society is in the South West region of Western Australia in the Shire of Nannup which has a population of about 1,300 people

The Nannup Historical Society collects, classifies and preserves records relating to the European history of Nannup and surrounding districts. The word 'Nannup' comes from the Noongar people and interprets as 'stopping place' and is an important site for the Wardandi and Bibbulmumn people.  

History Records of Nannup

The Nannup Historical Society was originally formed in 2000 and was incorporated in January 2001 with Charles Gilbert as the first president. Initially, the main body of archives was contributed by the Shire Of Nannup, who provided photographs of Nannup back from early settlement times and onwards. Other photographs and artefacts have been generously donated over the years by the public. Currently, the Nannup Historical Society has 20 members who are involved with manning the premises, archiving , promoting local history and other duties. The society has been going it on their own (without affiliation with the umbrella organisation, the Royal Western Australian Historical Society) and were delighted to be recognised through the Premier’s Australia Day Award for the Active Community Group of the Year in 2016.

Headquarters are in a heritage Old Roads Board Building owned by the Shire Of Nannup on a peppercorn lease.  The society is open to the public Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings displaying on a rotating basis some 2,500 photographs from the turn of the twentieth century to current times together with extensive archives covering Nannup district history such as the timber industry, electoral rolls from 1901, World War I and II enlistments, Police station staffing, old telephone and post office directories, burials at Nannup cemetery, family histories, plus memorabilia and artefacts.

The group of volunteers who have worked for many years collecting, cataloguing, preserving and displaying these photographs and memorabilia items are now facing the challenge of digitisation. As Neville Tanner, the current president outlines preserving material is the prime objective and to this end the society has obtained help from local people with computer and IT skills to begin the process of digital transfer.   

Image: Neville Tanner, President of the Nannup Historical Society outside the Old Road Board Building.

For over five years Neville Tanner has been digging into the archives for materials for a monthly article published in the local paper the Nannup Telegraph. He also runs heritage tours for the locals, tourists, and any visitors to town.  Recently released is the Nannup Heritage Trail 56 page A5 self guide book, which is professionally designed to greatly assist people to explore Nannup’s past history as they stroll through town by describing some 51 sites of historical interest together with informative text and fully illustrated with many old photographs from the society’s archives. This new book is now on sale for $3.00 and can be purchased from the Nannup Historical Society and other selected outlets in Nannup. His work with the society was formally recognised in January this year being presented with a Certificate Of Appreciation being a volunteer merit award from the Shire of Nannup.

The Nannup Historical Society (Inc.) meets on the second Saturday of each month at 2.00 pm in its headquarters at the old Nannup Road Board building and potential members are always welcome. Donations of old photographs and relevant material are sought after for posterity.
Further Information: ph: 0409 376 372
Sources: Nannup Telegraph, website and interview with Neville Tanner

Matilda Fish and the Bushranger, Performance, NSW

Matilda Fish and the Bushranger brings to life the real story of a woman who was held up twice by the same bushranger, William Geary in her house which stood right where Killara train station stands today.

Meet Matilda and William in early colonial Sydney, where times were hard and life was tough. Convict William Geary escapes six times with his gang of desperate bushrangers. Matilda Fish attempts to make a new life for herself and her family on Sydney’s rough North Shore, and is determined to testify against the bushrangers. Travel with these two extraordinary people through their daring escapes and adventures in an exciting, fast-paced story. And watch out for gang member John Whiteman, the flying barber, a master with soap and a cut-throat razor! Acclaimed actress Brigid O’Sullivan from Pioneers in Petticoats will play Matilda Fish, joined by versatile British actor Andy Simpson.

The creative team includes director Jessica Blaxland Ashby, designer Deirdre Burges and composer Andrew Chessher. Wendy Blaxland and Jessica Blaxland Ashby are the mother and daughter team behind Blaxland and Daughter, which has already successfully toured Crossing and Pioneers in Petticoats around NSW.

Brush Farm House, Eastwood
Saturday 20th August – 3pm and 6pm
Saturday 10th September – 3pm and 6pm
Saturday 22nd October – 3pm and 6pm

Hughenden Hotel, Woollahra
Thursday 1st September – 6:30pm
Friday 2nd September – 6:30pm

Eskbank House and Museum, Lithgow
Saturday 17th September – 3pm and 6pm

Cost: $20-30 (discounts for families and groups 8+)
Bookings: or there will be a few tickets available at the venue on the day of the performance (no phone bookings). Eskbank House and Museum has some tickets available at the Lithgow Visitors Centre.

Source: RAHS Weekly Blog and Event Digest
Official Opening of the Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner Monument, Melbourne
Tunnerminnerwait aka Peevay, Jack of Cape Grim and Tunninerpareway.
Maulboyheenner aka Robert Smallboy, Jemmy, Timmy, Tinney Jimmy, Robert of Ben Lomond and Bob.
INVITATION to the Official Opening of the Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner Monument
2:00pm Sunday 11th September
At the Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner monument
(corner Franklin St and Victoria Pde, Melbourne – opposite the Old Melbourne Gaol )

Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener were the first two men to be (officially) executed in Melbourne on 20th January 1842. They were Indigenous freedom fighters who took up arms against the colonisers in late 1841, alongside three women (Pyterruner, Truganini and Planobeena). They stole two guns and waged a guerilla-style campaign from the edge of the ranges east of Melbourne through to the southern end of Port Phillip.The women Pyterruner, Truganini and Planobeena were acquitted.

'The establishment of the Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner monument in the CBD of a major
Australian city to men who paid the ultimate price for resisting the colonisation process, puts the Frontier
Wars at the forefront of the reconciliation process between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.
Publicly recognising the resistance against colonisation is pivotal to kick starting a stalled reconciliation process that is based on justice, not charity.' (The Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner Commemoration Committee)

Source: The Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner Commemoration Committee

History Week, Victoria

Discover the wonders of Victoria’s past during History Week: 16th-23rd October.
Travel back in time to explore the State’s fascinating past.

organisations are invited to get involved!

Is your organisation holding a history event during the week of the 16 – 23 October 2016? If you answered yes, then register your event and become a part of the official History Week celebrations.

Royal Historical Society of Victoria will include your event in the 2016 History Week calendar, provide you with a copy of the History Week logo and a bundle of postcards to promote History Week in your local community.

Register your event at to submit your event details to the History Week events team for review. You will receive an email letting you know when your event listing has been accepted and is live on the website.

And help spread the word! Speak to your local school, newspaper, radio station and community groups and invite them to become involved with and promote History Week 2016.

Further information:
T: (03) 9326 9288

Australian Religious History Fellowship, State Library, NSW

The Australian Religious History Fellowship($20,000) for the study and research of any aspects of Australian religious history of any faith.

Applications open 22 August and will close 19 September.


The specific focus of the Australian History Religious Fellowship is for the study and research of any aspect of Australian religious history of any faith. The successful Fellow will be based at the State Library of NSW, although it is understood that it may be necessary to also work within other institutions and archives, and use resources outside the Library. 

The Australian Religious History Fellowship was established in 2010 with a generous endowment from an anonymous benefactor.

Full details regarding the application process can be found in our Fellowship Guidelines and FAQs.

Making History 2016, History SA and the Peterborough Community

Save the date: History SA and the Peterborough community invite you to join us for Making History 2016: the Peterborough Project
28 - 30 October
Join us in Peterborough for an exciting weekend working alongside the local community in two and a half days of participatory, creative workshops and activities.
Our theme for the event will be local history, and together we will explore creative ways to share and interpret these stories.
Making History 2016 will be a challenging weekend, in which people are encouraged to immerse themselves in the task at hand, exploring different ways of presenting history and museums. Participants will work in teams to prototype something new, using local community resources as inspiration – you might find yourself creating a new display, developing an education resource, building an interactive, designing an app or an event, or something else again.
We are looking for anyone with a passion for history, collections, museums or their community. We will welcome people with all types and levels of experience, including volunteers and students, in all areas.
What: A two and a half-day event that is part workshop, part hands-on doing, part networking, part professional development.
When: 2.30pm Friday October 28 to 3pm Sunday 30 October, 2016. (Please note: participants will need to commit to the full weekend of activities)
Where: Peterborough
Who: 80-100 diverse, creative people who want to make positive change in their communities. Making History 2016: the Peterborough Project will use history and museums as its platform, but it is not just for historians and museum professionals.
Why: To learn and practice new ways of creating and telling stories, and to build community. And of course to be inspired and to have fun.
To register your interest participating and to receive further information, please email Suzanne Redmans

Applications Now Open: Roving Curator Program 2017, Victoria

Are you looking for professional assistance with an exhibition idea or project? Would you like to develop your team’s exhibition skills? The Roving Curator Program could be the answer!

The Roving Curator Program is an initiative by Museums Australia (Victoria) to help museums and galleries develop engaging and dynamic exhibitions. The program offers an exhibitions professional (Roving Curator) to work with small museums and galleries in Victoria with exhibition development assistance, including several days on-site advice as well as follow-up support.

The Roving Curator Program aims to help communicate stories about Victorian communities and cultural collections to a broad audience. 

Image: Chris Britten, President of Emerald Museum, holding an original sign from the nationally significant Nobelius Plant Nursery, during the Roving Curator visit to discuss ideas for displaying the Nobelius collection.

Previous exhibition projects by roving curator participants are:
Mini, Maxi & More: Styles of the 1970s, designed and curated by the Benalla Historical Society.
They Couldn’t Get Home Quick Enough: B-24 Liberators and the Repatriation of Former POWs,1945, presented by the B-24 Memorial Liberator Fund.
Bright New Nation – Talbot’s Leading Lights, presented by the Talbot Arts and Historical Museum. Applications are now open and will close at 5pm on 18 October 2016.

Guidelines for the types of projects and support available, visit the Museums Australia (VIC) website
For further information or to discuss your application, please contact Kitty Owens, Manager, Exhibition Services, on 03 8341 7342 or by email

'Connections' - WA State Heritage & History Conference May 2017 

What are the threads that connect places with their past?

How does history help our understanding of heritage?

What common knowledge and skills support a successful local museum and an Indigenous cultural tourism business?
The WA State Heritage & History Conference aims to explore these and many more connections, intersections and common causes from 11 to 12 May 2017, at the Perth Concert Hall.

Proposals and suggestions are sought for the inaugural WA State Heritage & History Conference. Our theme explores the connections, intersections and commonalities within the heritage, history and GLAM sectors, seeking to create partnerships and links within and across groups and locations.

Parallel streams will focus on different subject areas, with delegates drawn from a heritage and history sector that includes heritage conservation and development, historical research, cultural and heritage tourism, collections management, interpretation and related disciplines and interests. 

The conference will be held in Perth, WA, in May 2017. Limited travel bursaries may be awarded subject to availability.

Initial approaches should be made before Friday 16 September 2016. Further information can be found on at or by emailing the State Heritage Office

For further information contact Callum Crofton on 08 6552 4151
Three Year History Scholarship funded by UTS


The Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology, Sydney is offering a fantastic three-year scholarship opportunity in historical consciousness, to research the representation of and engagement with national pasts, including historiography and memory studies.

The scholarship is funded by UTS, as part of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship held by Dr Anna ClarkImagining the National Story: Australian History Reconsidered, which examines the changing and contested project of Australia’s national story. This project is based at the Australian Centre for Public History, in the School of Communication at UTS, and the successful applicant will have the opportunity to undertake research on a facet on historical consciousness. The project could include examinations of history making and consumption in film, historical fiction, history education, commemorations, or political speeches, for example. It could involve textual analysis, archival research, an oral history project, or interdisciplinary readings of the national past (be that Australian or another nation’s histories).

The successful applicant will be given research supervision, support and training, and will be expected to take part in the research life of the Australian Centre for Public History by attending seminars and workshops. There will also be opportunities for paid casual work and professional development, such as tutoring and research assistance in the School of Communication, as well as co-authored and/or co-edited research publications, and jointly organised workshops and seminars with Dr Clark.

Closing date: 31 October 2016.

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