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No. 151, 25th May 2016
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The FAHS newsletter #41 is a bumper issue of 20 pages available from
Earlier viewers of the newsletter, please note the caption under the picture of the Commissariat Store on page 13, reads 'The RHSQ is vitally interested in the preservation of the Queens Wharf Brisbane heritage buildings'.

Please send comments and responses to Dr Bernadette Flynn, the FAHS outreach officer


John Davies Achieves Decade of Service for FAHS

The FAHS President, Associate Professor Don Garden, has formally expressed his thanks and congratulations to the FAHS Executive Officer, John Davies, for having achieved ten years of employment with FAHS. He sent the following announcement to the FAHS Council.

'26 May marks ten years since John Davies commenced employment with FAHS.

I wish to thank him and extend congratulations on behalf of the FAHS Council present and past, and the many people and societies around Australia whom he has assisted.

John has done an immense amount of conscientious work for us, often far more than he has been paid for. His persistence and attention to detail has been invaluable to me.

I thank John and Esther (FAHS Vice President) for their contribution and look forward to achieving even more.'

1) Nominations for FAHS Merit Award

Nomination for the FAHS Merit Awards

Nominations for the FAHS Merit Awards for 2016 close on 30 June 2016.

The Merit Awards are awarded as recognition of a meritorious contribution to the community history and heritage movement nationally and/or in more than one State or Territory and/or a contribution at State/Territory level which has had national implications.

Information about the awards (including a list of previous recipients) is available on the FAHS .

The guidelines (in PDF format) and nomination form (in PDF and DOC format) can be downloaded from the website.

2) GLAM Peak Bodies win Digital Access Catalyst Grant 

$111,000 has been awarded to the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) Peak Bodies (of which FAHS is a member) to assist with enhancing digital access to collections, large and small.


Digital Access to Collections

The Catalyst funding to the GLAM Peak Bodies will support the development of a sector-implemented national strategic framework and toolkit to support digital access to Australia’s cultural collections.

The members of the GLAM Peak Bodies group collaborating in the Digital Access to Collections project are the:

  • Australian Library and Information Association
  • Australian Society of Archives
  • Council of Australasian Archives and Records Authorities
  • Council of Australasian Museum Directors
  • Council of Australian Art Museum Directors
  • Council of Australian University Librarians
  • Federation of Australian Historical Societies
  • International Council of Museums – Australia
  • Museums Australia
  • National Research Collections Australia
  • National and State Libraries Australasia
  • State Library of NSW (auspicing body).
The FAHS Online Outreach Officer Dr Bernadette Flynn, attended theGLAM Peak Bodies meeting at the National, Film and Sound Archive, Canberra on 9th May.  The discussion of the Catalyst grant is of particular relevance for FAHS in supporting digital access to collections held by smaller institutions such as historical societies, community museums and keeping places. The framework will recommend common standards, in line with international thinking, to make Australian collections more discoverable globally and enabling knowledge transfer between collection institutions of all types, sizes and jurisdictions. Particular attention was given to the needs of the smaller GLAM organisations in regional, rural and remote areas.

Source: CAMD and GLAM Peak Bodies
3) New Premises for the Historical Society of the NT 
Permanent Home for HSNT at Woolner for storage, meetings and collection display.

The great search for permanent accommodation for the Historical Society of the NT has finally come to an end. On 28th April the property at 1/16 Challoner Ct, Woolner was transferred into the name of the Historical Society of the NT. ​For this we must once again say ‘thank you’ to our anonymous donor without whom this would never have happened. Full marks must go to your secretary Janie Mason for the time and effort she has given to making this happen. Her dedication to the task was unstoppable. I would also like to thank our lawyer member and former Councillor, Nick Johansen for the time and effort that he has given in acting as our conveyancer during the negotiations and the finalisation of the purchase contract. 

The Historical Society of the NT now have something in the order of about 90 sq. metres of air-conditioned floor space plus two dedicated car-parking spaces. The society will be moving out of Audit House by the end of May and newly elected Councillor Matthew James has volunteered to organise all the heavy work. HSNT will probably allocate about 15 sq. metres of floor space to permanent storage but the rest will be available for meetings and display of product. Initially the space will be furnished with whatever we have on hand until the Council has had time to decide what is required and to make application for a grant to purchase it.

Grand opening planned for June. 

Source: HSNT Newsletter, May & June 2016

4) Historical Aboriginal Lives in Sydney: NSW History Fellowship Exhibition and Tour
Exhibition and Tour – This is Where They Travelled: Historical Aboriginal Lives in Sydney

July 4 @ 10:00 am - July 8 @ 5:00 pm


Images Clockwise from top left: L-R: Thomas Tamara [South Australian Museum AA8/4/2/3], Ellen Anderson [SLNSW PXA 773], Johnny Malone [Courtesy NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Collection, Kurnell], Emma Timbery [Woollahra Local History Centre]. Artwork by Kerri-Ann Youngberry

It is often wrongly assumed that Aboriginal people disappeared from Sydney in the nineteenth century, or lost their cultural links to the area. NSW History Fellow Paul Irish and researchers from the La Perouse Aboriginal community in Sydney have created an exhibition, which maps the lives of a number of Aboriginal people with connections to the coastal part of Sydney, in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Their movements tell us much about their continuing cultural and family connections both to Sydney, and to coastal areas to the north and south, in a rapidly changing colonial world. The exhibition will run in conjunction with NAIDOC week and features a free guided walking tour.

The tour will take place at 10am and 1pm each day from Monday 4 July through to Friday 8 July starting at History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney.

The tour takes in a viewing of the exhibition, and a leisurely 1 – 1.5 hour walk. Places are limited and bookings are essential so please contact the Royal Australian Historical Society on 9247 8001, email nominating your preferred session, or book online. 

5) NSW History Week 2016: Neighbours

History Week 2016: Neighbours

3-11 September 2016  

The theme of neighbours is crucial to our understanding of the past’s impact on the present. It includes stories of individuals, families and communities living near one another and links between adjoining suburbs, regions and countries. As the success of the Australian television program Neighbours shows, the theme has long been a significant component of popular culture. It shaped imagination and memories, created identities and was a source of both conflict and friendship.

How important were class, the economy, gender, governments, the media, race, religion and sport in the formation of ideas regarding neighbours? How have attitudes regarding a nation’s geographic neighbours determined defence, foreign, immigration, refugee and trade policies? Did new types of communication and transport from the nineteenth century onwards radically alter how neighbours and neighbourhoods were perceived? In 2016 History Week focuses on these and other related questions.

Follow the conversation and share your experiences using the hashtag #HistoryWeek16.
Register your event - Become a member of the History Council of NSW 

Further Information

6) RWAHS: Community History Centre Project


Museum convenor Val Hutch and society vice-president Lennie McCall with some dolls made in the 1920s.
Photo: Andrew Ritchie

The Royal WA Historical Society (RWAHS) will launch its Community History Centre Project to raise money for a new building to exhibit and store the pieces of WA history it has collected over the past 90 years.

Formed in 1926 by founding members including Sir Paul Hasluck, Sir James Mitchell and Edith Cowan, the society bought its base at 49 Broadway, Nedlands in 1964.

Some dolls, like those pictured, are more than 90 years old and while some are on display, others have to be stored because of a lack of space. There is also not enough exhibition space and the Society’s 770 members want to introduce technology into its displays.

RWAHS council vice-president Lennie McCall said they had been planning the fundraising campaign for the past four years.

“We’ve been in this building since the 1960s and we own it, so we’re on a valuable block, but there’s insufficient space for us to host exhibits and display and research WA history,” Ms McCall said. “Many objects people have donated to us, we can’t display.”

The society has engaged architects and a planner and engineer pro bono to design and complete a feasibility study on a new building.

The City of Nedlands current Town Planning Scheme No. 2 allows for three storeys on the site, but a proposed TPS3, which is out for public consultation, could allow a few more storeys.

The RWAHS recently received a Lotterywest grant of $170,000 to fund a new website that would make the collections available to view online and it has State Government funding for 1.6 staff until December.

There will be a Christmas in July Lunch to raise money for the Community History Centre Project on Friday, July 1 at Rendezvous Hotel, Scarborough. Tickets for the three-course lunch are $70. Call Di Watts on 0418 904 557 or Jan Pettorino on 9446 7296.


7) The Little Bottler: Syrian-born herbalist of Murray Street

The Little Bottler, newsletter of the Colonial Bottle & Collectors Club, tells the interesting story of Taufik Raad, Syrian-born herbalist of Murray Street in the first half of the 20th century. He advertised many potions and tonics which he claimed had ‘cured thousands’ but brought him into sharp conflict with the Medical Board. His tonics were sold in bottles embossed with his name and credentials.


Further information on this lesser known collectors Club of WA

Source: History West, Newsletter of RWAHS, May 2016

8) Heritage Activation Grants: Heritage Near Me Incentives Program

Are you managing a heritage item listed on the LEP in NSW ?

Funding available up to $100,000

$8 million is available for projects designed to increase public enjoyment of local heritage, such as physical works for public access, public programming, strategy development and business planning.

OPEN: 9:00 am Monday 18 April 2016
CLOSED: 5:00 pm Monday 27 June 2016

Grant applications will only be accepted from owners or managers of heritage items that are listed on Local Environmental Plans (LEPs).

Further Information:

9) Access to Funding Workshop: Hawkesbury Regional Museum

Want some money to support your community museum ?
Access to funding workshop

14th J
une at Hawkesbury Regional Museum

Successfully obtaining funds for your museum or gallery requires knowledge and creativity. Access to Funding is a workshop delivering specialist knowledge to make accessing funds a reality. The workshop will provide you with a chance to talk about projects face to face with funding representatives and give you hints on writing winning grant applications.

Speakers include:

  • Sharon Babbage, Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme, Australian National Maritime Museum
  • Kate Butler, Arts NSW
  • Suzanne Holohan, Royal Australian Historical Society
  • Conni Lord, Volunteer Museum Grant Program, Museums & Galleries of NSW
  • Margaret Thompson, Community Heritage Grants, National Library of Australia

Leg Up grants are available from M&G NSW for volunteer museums to assist with the costs of attending the workshop.

When: 14 June 2016, 9.30am - 3.30pm

Where: Hawkesbury Regional Museum, 8 Baker Street, Windsor

Cost: $75 full / $50 concession / $120 x 3 volunteer museum registrations (includes morning tea and lunch)

To register please download the registration form and email to

For more information please contact Jane Gillespie, Professional Development Coordinator on 
02 9339 9914 or

10) $10,000 Fellowships for Creators to access Special Collections in University Libraries

Accessing special collections in university libraries

The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) are delighted to invite applications for the 2016 CAUL/ASA Fellowships. The primary goal of the fellowships is to showcase university libraries’ special collections by providing Australian creators such as authors, artists, scholars and researchers with an opportunity to undertake inspiring projects using these collections.

The fellowships have been made possible through a grant from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

Two $10,000 fellowships are available in non-salary funding for visiting artists, authors, scholars and researchers working on projects related to the collections. More details on the collections and the application process are available on the CAUL websiteExternal Link.

Applications are open until 14 June.

For further information: please contact
Diane Costello, Executive Officer, CAUL via
Jane Coulcher, Programs Manager, ASA via

Source: Jacqui Dent, Communications Manager, Australian Society of Authors

11) WW1 Commemorative Seminar: Caloundra Family History Research.
WW1 Commemorative Seminar

Hosted by Caloundra Family History Research Inc, the full day seminar at the Caloundra District Indoor Bowling Association hall in Burke Street, Golden Beach commences at 10am. 

RSVP before 16 June at Extra info from Roz  07 5493 1197. 

Cost: $30 entry fee includes welcome cuppa at 9.30am registration, morning and afternoon teas, light lunch. 

Four exceptional speakers are Lee Dominick, 5th Light Horse Regiment Maleny Troop The Horse and its Trooper in The Great War; Bill Kitson, retired founder and Senior Curator of Museum of Lands, Mapping and Surveying Queensland Surveyors & Mapping in the Great War; Helen Smith, a Public Health/infectious diseases specialist Health of the ANZACs: Gallipoli to the Western Front; and Toni White, Consulting Genealogist to the ADF Fromelles & the ADF Unrecovered War Casualties Unit.

Source: Rosalyn Kuss, VP & Publicity Officer, Caloundra Family History Research Inc
12) National Trust Festival: St John's Church Heritage, Launceston
Programme for the National Trust Heritage Festival 
at St John’s Church. May 2016
Fascinating conducted tours of St John’s
 by Jenny Gill Thursdays and Saturdays during May
 at 2pm (bookings essential, phone 03 6331 4896)

Sunday 29th May
 2pm – Songs of Praise – 
a celebration of our heritage in song and music

Source: Marion Sargent, President Launceston Historical Society
13) Launceston Historical Society: Talk on Charles St John David, Surveyor and Engineer

Photo: Alexandra Bridge, Cataract Gorge, Launceston Local Studies Collection

Gorgeous Talks: Charles St John David, 10am, Wednesday 1 June

Charles St John David was the city surveyor and engineer involved in the establishment of Duck Reach Power Station, the Alexandra Bridge, and other significant sites around Launceston.
Guest speaker Marion Sargent is President of the Launceston Historical Society.

Weather permitting, Marion's talk will be followed by a walk across the Alexandra Bridge.

Cost $4, bookings essential
More information Phone 03 6323 3621 or 0457 784 420 (10am to 2pm weekdays) email 

14) EOI: Two roles to deliver a Digital Access Project for GLAM Peak Bodies 

Expression of Interest

Digital Access to Australia’s Collections: An initiative of the peak bodies of the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums

Expressions of interest are sought for two roles to deliver a digital access project for the GLAM Peak Bodies Roundtable. We require project management and research (desk and fieldwork). These roles could be performed by one person or by two depending on skills and experience.

The project is worth a total of $150,900, with $72,000 available for this element. The project will run from June to December 2016 with the potential for further engagement in future years.

 We are seeking an individual/individuals who have project management and research skills. You must have knowledge and experience working with galleries, libraries, archives, museums, historical societies and/or in humanities research. Ideally, you will have worked across several of these parts of the GLAM sector.

 The deliverables are a report, a draft framework and toolkit prototype to enable smaller institutions in the sector to make their collections discoverable online.

 Expressions of interest are invited by midnight on 5 June 2016, sent by email

 For further information, please contact:

Sue McKerracher, Australian Libraries and Information Association,
Kate Irvine, National and State Libraries Australasia,


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