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e-BULLETIN No. 115 – 23 September 2013


Hon Editor, Dr Ruth S. Kerr


1) 2013 Australian Society of Archivists National Conference


2) Australian history at University of Western Australia


3) Royal Historical Society of Victoria - occupancy of Drill Hall


4) China Inc. Conference, Cairns - call for papers




1) 2013 Australian Society of Archivists National Conference

Canberra, 15 – 18 October 2013

Conference web page:

Latest draft program:

Registration information:

Activities will commence on Tuesday 15 with SIG meetings, and a tour of Canberra in the morning and the Loris Williams Lecture, the ASA AGM and welcome reception at the National Film and Sound Archives in the afternoon. On Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 the two day conference will be held at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Three workshops are being offered to participants on Friday 18 - Digitization, Appraisal and Arrangement and Description.


Sessions will have three speakers followed by a moderated discussion where the panel and participants can debate and discuss issues. The overall conference focus is cast questioningly to the future and the context of the program content is very much a contemporary one. The themes of the conference are:

(Source: ASA – News – 26 August 2013)


2) Australian history at University of Western Australia


The Development Officer of University of Western Australia has reported that creation of the Wesfarmers Chair in Australian History has already had an impact: in September, The West Australian through their Newspapers in Education program will publish a series called  'Turning Points in Australian History'.  The series consists of three booklets featuring articles on Australian History written by UWA Historians.  Each article in the booklet is accompanied by teaching ideas and student activities in line with the new National Curriculum.   As well as appearing as a lift out in the West Australian each Thursday (5-26 September), thanks to sponsorship by Wesfarmers, 70,000 copies of the booklets will be distributed to primary and secondary schools throughout the State.   This collaboration between UWA and the West Australian paper is a result in part of the establishment of the Wesfarmers Chair in Australian History and represents an excellent opportunity to promote Australian History in the community.


Applications for the Wesfarmers Chair in Australian History closed on 2 August and the University is hoping to have the appointment finalised before the end of the year.


(Source: Bianca Galipo, Faculty Development Officer – Arts, Faculty of Arts, Development & Alumni Relations, The University of Western Australia, M361, 35 Stirling Hwy, CRAWLEY  WA  6009 Australia. T +61 8 6488 4212  E | – 4 September 2013)


3) Royal Historical Society of Victoria - occupancy of Drill Hall


Thanks to the Victorian government, the RHSV has resided at the Drill Hall, opposite the Flagstaff Gardens in Melbourne, for about fourteen years. Previously the State Government had provided the Society with an area in the old Mint building, but when it was decided to use the Mint for commercial purposes the Minister Hon Robert Maclellan MP kindly found the Society much larger accommodation in the heritage listed Drill Hall, with a ten year lease.

Since then there have been a number of short term leases with no guarantee of security until a few weeks ago when it was offered an extension until July 2014.

In the meantime, the Government has been evaluating the Drill Hall for possible sale, and a recommendation has been sent to the Minister Hon Matthew Guy MP. The content or result of that recommendation is unknown.

Voluntary societies all know how hard it is to plan with confidence and operate effectively under such conditions. RHSV may be required to leave the Drill Hall next year, and with no suitable alternative unless the Government is again kind. Even then, the process of removal will be very expensive and highly disruptive.

The Society’s immediate goal is a renewal of its lease for a long period at a similar low rental to what it has enjoyed until now.

The Society has sought to speak with the Minister and others involved in the decision, but so far without success.

Beyond that, the RHSV has long sought to have the Drill Hall enhanced to serve as Melbourne’s History House - a permanent home for Victoria’s state-wide historical and genealogical societies and kindred bodies.

Prior to the last election the Society believed that it was close to an agreement with the government to do this, but have not been able to proceed with the idea under the current Government.

Nevertheless, the Society has the support of the Genealogical Society of Victoria, the History Council of Victoria, the National Council of Women Victoria and the History Teachers Association of Victoria.

The Society has also recently obtained Museums Australia accreditation for the RHSV section of the building. The presentation was made in a ceremony conducted by Hon Heidi Victoria MP, the Arts Minister, to Dr Robert Barnes (RHSV Treasurer).

The Society is calling on societies and members of the history and heritage community in Victoria to support the RHSV in its quest for secure accommodation and the establishment of History House. Please email Matthew Guy, Minister for Planning .

The Society desires that the Drill Hall not be listed on the State Government’s asset sales program.

(Source: History News  Issue No. 308, Sept-Oct 2013)


4) China Inc. Conference, Cairns - call for papers


Chinese Heritage In North Australia Incorporated (CHINA Inc.)

The 5th “no fuss” Conference - “Northern Links: Chinese Networks and Nation”
Cairns, North Queensland 22 – 23 February 2014


Chinese history and heritage researchers, archaeologists, academics, museum and collection managers, family history researchers and genealogists are invited to submit Abstracts for papers for the fifth biennial “no fuss” conference presented by CHINA INC.

Proposed papers may be broad based but should reflect on Chinese in northern Australia and the conference theme “Northern Links: Chinese Networks and Nation” with its underlying aim to demonstrate the connections between northern Australia, nation and the Pacific region.

Abstracts should be submitted by email to conference organisers by the 25 October 2013. Abstracts (300–500 words) should include the title of the proposed paper, author/s name, institution or affiliations (if any), contact details and a brief biography about each author. We encourage attendance and participation by emerging scholars for whom it is a great presentation opportunity and warmly welcome family historians and genealogists to whom we have dedicated a session on Chinese families and Chinese family history.


Prospective presenters will be advised by email whether their proposal has been successful.


If you would like to present a paper or attend the conference, please email an expression of interest to


For general enquiries and correspondence you can also contact:
Secretary, Chinese Heritage in Northern Australia Inc
Dr Kevin Rains, 5 Railway Street, EAST IPSWICH QLD 4305 Australia


(Source: ICOMOS Email news No 601, September 2013)