Welcome to the Federation of Australian Historical Societies 

No. 184, 18th November 2018
Pioneering resource on First Aid to Cultural Heritage
Grants for community groups in drought-affected regions
FAHS - election of office-bearers
FAHS - Outgoing President's Report - Don Garden
FAHS - New President - Margaret Anderson
FAHS - New Fellow - Simon Molesworth
Joan Hunt Memorial - Melbourne - 20 November
Submerged: Stories of Australian Shipwrecks, Hobart
The power of souvenirs - lecture, Adelaide, 20 November
Italian style - museum tour, Adelaide, 29 November
A Dreadful Time for Mothers, Melbourne, 25 November
NASA's Australian tracking stations 1968-1972, Sydney, 20 Nov
Women, Place and Your Community - seminar, Bowral, 1 Dec
2019 WA Heritage Awards nominations close 7 December
MA in Creative and Cultural Futures, University of Canberra

Pioneering resource on First Aid to Cultural Heritage
ICCROM  and the Prince Claus Fund have published an innovative handbook and toolkit on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis, for free download.

It provides a practical method and a set of ready-to-use tools for securing endangered cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible. The user-friendly workflows help readers to plan and implement coordinated cultural rescue  and risk reduction operations that involve local communities, heritage custodians, emergency responders and humanitarians.
  • The Handbook offers step-by-step instructions and real-life case examples. It walks readers through the three  phases of cultural heritage First Aid – (1) situation analysis; (2) post event, on-site damage and risk assessment; (3) security and stabilisation, which collectively lead to early recovery.
  • The phases include workflows and procedures that resemble those followed by emergency responders and humanitarian aid professionals, making in-field coordination possible.
  • The layout and language is simple and easy to understand.
  • It is interactive, so you can move quickly through the sections in order to arrive at what you need.
  • Diagrams, photos and drawings illustrate the text for easy reference.
  • A glossary and several references allow readers to deepen their understanding of concepts and materials.
  • The toolkit is rich with checklists, templates and tips that can be customised to any situation.
The First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis Handbook and Toolkit is the outcome of nearly a decade of field experience gained by ICCROM, and a close partnership between ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Resoration of Cultural Property), the Prince Claus Fund and the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative.

The publication is in two parts, which can be freely downloaded with the following links:
First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis Handbook (PDF, 24MB)
First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis Toolkit (PDF, 7.8MB)

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Grants for community groups in drought-affected regions
The Liberal and Nationals' Government has provided $15 million toward the Regional Drought Communities Small Grants Program to support regional communities across Australia experiencing the devastating effects of the current drought, as announced in the media release of the Minister of the Minister for Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, The Hon Michael McCormack MP:

The distribution of the $15 million grant will be managed by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

Through the Tackling Tough Times Together program, the Foundation will operate a rolling small grants program to support drought affected regional communities. The Foundation will distribute the grants quickly across all States and Territories to regions impacted by drought.

Small grants will be available to not-for-profit community groups to deliver projects in drought-affected regions focusing on reducing social isolation, leadership development and skills training, social and educational participation, addressing disadvantage caused by the drought, reducing volunteer fatigue, building capacity and supporting local economic recovery or renewal.

This funding will support community-based activities to relieve current stressors and symptoms while also building capacity and resilience for the future.

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal is a non-government organisation based in Bendigo, Victoria, that harnesses the collective investment of governments, business and other donor organisations to support regional communities.


Tackling Tough Times Together is a rolling grants program, which means that applications will be accepted at any time. Please see the table below for the dates of the round that best suits your project requirements.


Outcomes advised

Round 11

Late January 2019 for applications received by 27 November 2018.

Round 12

Early May 2019 for applications received by 5 February 2019.

Round 13

Late July 2019 for applications received by 30 April 2019.

Round 14

Late October 2019 for applications received by 30 August 2019.

Further information on the program and grant opportunities may be found on the Foundation's website at www.frrr.org.au/grants/tackling_tough_times_together or by visiting the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities website at www.infrastructure.gov.au.
FAHS - election of office-bearers

At its AGM held on 3 November, the FAHS conducted its biennial election of office-bearers, resulting in a the following new Executive::

President:   Margaret Anderson
Senior Vice-President:   Esther Davies
Vice-President:   Professor Ian Jack
Honorary Secretary:   Dr Ruth Kerr
Honorary Treasurer:   Nick Drew
Immediate Past President:   Associate Professor Don Garden
FAHS - Outgoing President's Report - Don Garden
My four years as FAHS President finished at the AGM in November when, with much pleasure, I handed over to Margaret Anderson.

The four years have been among the most important for the FAHS. Central to this was the enhanced income we received ($80,000 p.a. for three years) under a Community Heritage & Icons Grant that was arranged by then Minister Greg Hunt. This enabled us to significantly expand our activities and services to community historical and heritage societies across the nation. Much of the new work was undertaken by a newly-created outreach position (Jodie Boyd followed by Dr Bernadette Flynn and now Sophie Shilling), complementing the conscientious administration of our Executive Officer, John Davies.

Unfortunately, the Commonwealth government subsequently abandoned the CHI grants, and this placed the future of FAHS in jeopardy. We were able to obtain a smaller top-up grant in 2017 but only after mounting a public campaign were we able to get further funding for 2018-19. Ongoing uncertainty about our future has necessitated a small scaling back of the hours of the two staff. The achievement of more stable funding must be a major goal for the coming year/s. As we are a peak national body, we believe that the Commonwealth has a national responsibility to support the FAHS and our services to the approximate 1000 societies and 100,000 members we represent. This will be an important issue for us at the next election.

On a more positive note, serving as President has brought considerable satisfaction and many delightful experiences. I have visited each of our eight constituent organisations and have presented Fellowships or Awards of Merit in many of them. I was delighted when FAHS was invited to be a founding member of GLAM Peak, and was equally pleased when much of its early effort was directed towards assisting small organisations to digitise their cultural collections.

I have been most fortunate to work with an excellent group of people on the FAHS Council and I thank them all very much for their contributions. It is difficult to single people out, but I must mention those who have served on the Executive with me – Esther Davies, Ian Jack, Helen Henderson, Nick Drew and Ruth Kerr. I believe we have made a good team.

I am not leaving the FAHS but will continue on the Executive as Immediate Past President and as Advocacy Officer.

In those roles I look forward to representing all of you and meeting many of you.

Don Garden
November 2018
FAHS - New President - Margaret Anderson
The following article introducing Margaret Anderson (written by Richard Broome) was published in the RHSV History News of February 2018, and is reproduced here unchanged:

Margaret Anderson, a Councillor with the RHSV, completed an MA in women’s history and became a curator of history at the Western Australian Museum (1976- 81), beginning a lifelong passion for public history.

In 1982 she became the Founding Director of the innovative Migration Museum in Adelaide, laying down skills that have shaped her career. The implications of being a founding director, were that Margaret had to project manage the fit-out and creation of the Museum; hire and train staff; oversee the building of a collection for display; devise and manage administrative systems; develop a community awareness of the importance of migration history and steer the museum to a position of prominence.

From there Margaret entered academia, lecturing at Deakin University in Museum Studies (1987) and then Australian History at Monash University (1988-93). Between 1979 and the present Margaret has published over fifty articles and chapters on women’s history and also on museum practice.

Yearning for more public history, Margaret took up the position of Director of Social and Cultural History at the Western Australian Museum (1994-99) where she energised many of its programs, including the redevelopment of the Fremantle History Museum and innovative programs with Indigenous groups. She also served on many outside bodies including the Board of the National Portrait Gallery, Museums Australia, and edited the Museums Australia Journal. More recently she had chaired the Council of Australasian Museums Directors (2007-11), and also a Ministerial Advisory Board on Ageing (2012-15).

In 2000 Margaret became the Chief Executive Officer of the History Trust of South Australia. She was responsible for managing heritage buildings, leading research programs on the state’s history and devising and managing outreach programs for community history. After fifteen years of such diverse work and with a desire to live in Melbourne, she accepted her current position of Manager of the Old Treasury Building, which is being revitalised under her creative leadership.

Margaret’s lifelong passion is history, but also its presentation in everyday life to engage wider audiences with the magic of past worlds. Her skills of leadership and management of complex administrative systems makes her a rare combination of historian,curator and project director.As she commented:‘I’m still fascinated by the ways in which we craft history for presentation in museums, and by the changing dynamic of that process’. Margaret added: knowledge of the past is an essential ingredient in a civil society, and if I can contribute to that outcome through the work that I do, even in a small way, I am happy’.

The RHSV is indeed fortunate to have a councillor of such depth and breadth of experience.

Richard Broome
FAHS - New Fellow - Simon Molesworth

At its AGM in November, the FAHS  decided to award a Fellowship  to Mr Justice Simon Molesworth

Few people have done more than Simon Molesworth to promote historic, cultural and natural heritage in Australia over the last thirty years. He has done this both professionally and in his voluntary community heritage capacities.

Professionally, he has made a telling contribution to heritage and environmental law. After initially practising as a solicitor, Molesworth became a barrister in Victoria in 1984 and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1995, specialising in environmental, planning, heritage, natural resource and climate change law. He has a long history of defending historic and environmental heritage cases in various tribunals and courts and is recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of environmental law.
He has been elevated to fellowships in five professional institutes and has been a director of some twenty-two boards and chairman or president of 14 of them. He is a regular speaker on the national and international stage on climate change, sustainability, renewable energy, environmental policy and law and heritage.
Since January 2017 he has been a Judge of the Land & Environment Court of NSW.
His main links with historical societies have been, first, with the RHSV where for a period in the 1980s he was a member of the RHSV Council and its honorary legal officer. Over the last decade he has been involved in New South Wales with the Broken Hill Historical & District Historical Society where he is the Patron. He was a principal force behind the successful nomination of Broken Hill for the National Heritage List.
Most of Molesworth’s community heritage work has been through his exceptionally long service as the head of the National Trust at the Victorian, Australian and international levels. He was a councillor of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) from 1980-2005, and honorary chairman and then president for almost 20 years. From 1988 to 2009 he was a board member of the Australian Council of National Trusts and was its chairman 2001-06. He was foundation Chairman of the International National Trust Organisation 2005-15. Molesworth has had an immense impact in these roles in promoting heritage through the Trusts and in ensuring and enforcing processes and legal structures that protect heritage.
From 1997-1992 Simon Molesworth was a Commissioner of the Australian Heritage Commission. As one of seven Commissioners, he was responsible for advising the Australian Government on Australia’s National Estate. During the years 1987 to 1992, a key role of Heritage Commissioners was also to provide advice to the Australian Government on policies and issues relating to Australia’s World Heritage places.

From 1996-2010, he was a member of the Australian Government’s National Cultural Heritage Committee, which was responsible for advising the Commonwealth on all statutory functions under the Protection of Moveable Cultural Heritage Act.

At the Victoria State level, he was from 1994 to 1998 a member of the Board (and for a time Deputy Chairman) of Melbourne Parks & Waterways, which subsequently became Parks Victoria, a State owned corporation responsible for the Crown Estate in Victoria including all national parks, state parks, conservation reserves and public coastlines. Molesworth was also a board member 1989-2003 of the Melbourne Heritage Restoration Fund, and its Chair from 1995-2003, the Fund being a joint initiative of the State Government, City of Melbourne and the National Trust.

In 1994 Simon Molesworth was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his “services to the community in the field of conservation and the environment in particular through the National Trust” and in 2012 was elevated within the Order of Australia by being appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his continued distinguished service to conservation and the environment.
Joan Hunt Memorial - Melbourne - 20 November
Dr Joan Hunt, PhD, FRHSV
1944 – 2018
Tuesday 20 November 
4pm - 5pm
Dr Joan Hunt was a champion of community history for more than 40 years, especially in the Ballarat district, where she lived, but also across Victoria. 

Renowned for her vitality, scholarship, organisational ability and personal warmth, she assisted numerous local historical and genealogical societies and served on the RHSV Council for 13 years. In 2004, when serving as RHSV vice-president, she became the foundation convenor of the History Victoria Support Group. The RHSV honoured her with a Fellowship and the Federation of Australian Historical Societies bestowed an Award of Merit.
All those who knew Joan are invited to the RHSV's tribute and memorial for Joan with formal tributes paid by Roger Trudgeon, Jennifer Burrell and Carole Woods. 
Drinks and nibbles will be served before and after the memorial so, to assist us with catering, please do book. 
Our RHSV memorial will be followed by the last RHSV lecture in 2018, Queen Victoria Market: Livelihoods, Traditions and Change.
Photo of Joan is courtesy of the Gisborne Genealogical Group when Joan, together with Susie Zada, was presented with flowers following their seminar on land records on 25 August 2018.  
Submerged: Stories of Australian Shipwrecks, Hobart

On display in the Carnegie Gallery of the Maritime Museum of Tasmania is 'Submerged - Stories of Australian Shipwrecks', a travelling exhibition from the Australian Maritime Museum Council and the Australian National Maritime Museum, detailing some of Australia’s best known wrecks, as well as some lesser known stories.

Australia’s coast is the final resting place of over 11,000 shipwrecks – roughly one wreck for every three kilometres of coastline. And Tasmania’s, Sydney Cove, Cataraqui and Lake Illawara are three of 14 wrecks whose stories feature in a nationally touring panel exhibition Submerged – Stories of Australia’s Shipwrecks uncovering Australia’s rich shipwreck history.

Submerged is presented by the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Australian Maritime Museums Council and is the result of a national project with workshops held across the country to develop the exhibition and to source shipwreck stories. 68 shipwreck stories were nominated by 46 maritime museums and heritage institutions from around Australia with 14 of the most compelling stories selected to feature in the exhibition.

The exhibition is open until 10 December.
Maritime Museum of Tasmania
16 Argyle Street
Hobart, Tasmania

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The power of souvenirs - lecture, Adelaide, 20 November
Greetings from…, an exhibition at the Migration Museum, celebrates the power of souvenirs, from the poignant to the marvellously kitsch and eccentric. Souvenirs are often seen as insignificant trinkets, yet they play an important role in memory-making, how we see ourselves, and our relationships with people and places.
Come along and hear curators Dr Nikki Sullivan and Amy Dale speak about the treasured keepsakes that migrants have brought with them across the world, alongside familiar mementos of holidays, love tokens and artworks that turn the idea of a souvenir on its head.

This free public lecture is part of the History Trust's Talking History series.

Tuesday 20 November
Doors open at 5.15pm. Lecture will commence at 5.30pm.
Parking available on Torrens Parade Ground, off Victoria Drive. Light refreshments provided.

Wine sponsor - O'Leary Walker Wines. Visit olearywalkerwines.com

Dr Nikki Sullivan is involved in the management of the Migration Museum collections, and researches and writes for exhibitions, publication, and social media. She has a particular interest in histories of migration, sexuality, crime, and institutionalisation, and loves archival research.
Amy Dale manages the Migration Museum and Directorate components of the State History Collection. She also works on exhibitions and public programs.
Italian style - museum tour, Adelaide, 29 November

29 November 2018      3pm - 3:45pm


Migration Museum, Kintore Avenue, Adelaide SA, Australia

Join us for a tour highlighting the history and contribution of Italian migration to South Australia. Learn how Italians brought their love of great food, coffee and vibrant culture with them. You will hear fascinating stories and discover people from the past. The tour will be conducted in Italian and will go for approximately one hour.

Tour cost: $10 per person (plus $1.76 for GST and online booking fee)

Bookings via Eventbrite

Assistete á un giro dell’ Migration Museum con la nostra guida bilingua, consegnato maggiormente in lingua italiana.  Il discorso sarà sensibile á l’abilità linguistica di studenti particolari.  Scoprirete dettagli inaspettati della storia dell’ insediamento dell’ Australia, compreso tante nuove scoperte.  Imparerete dei fatti sorprendenti dei legami fra l’Italia e l’Australia, visto dalla prospettiva dell’immigrante italiano.  Parleremo anche dei incontri fra gli immigranti e gIi indigeni, I primi abitanti di questo paese singolare.

Special Discount offer from State Theatre Company for their upcoming production – The Gods of Strangers
Italian Style attendees will receive an email with a code word for 20% off tickets (excluding U30’s)

State Theatre Company South Australia are thrilled to present a world premiere work from South Australian playwright Elena Carapetis. The Gods of Strangers is an epic Australian drama about family, love and loyalty. Presented in Greek, English and Italian. Further information

Image: Paola and Leonardo Baruzzi in their Port Adelaide delicatessen, c1960.  PN05766
A Dreadful Time for Mothers, Melbourne, 25 November

Pictured above: Clare Larman (performer), Penny Bristol Jones (collated the diary entries and letters), Maureen Hartley (performer) and Kaarin Fairfax (director)

A Dreadful Time for Mothers

Readings from the WW1 Diaries and letters of Edie Digby
After a captivating performance for Remembrance Day, there's only 2 dates to go!

Readings from the WW1 Diaries and letters of Edie Digby collated by Penny Bristol Jones read by Maureen Hartley and Clare Larman (Violet&Rose productions) directorial assistance Kaarin Fairfax. 
The readings will be presented by Violet&Rose Productions in the
Old Treasury Building
Sunday 18 & 25 November at 11:30am and 2pm each day.
All tickets $16
NASA's Australian tracking stations 1968-1972, Sydney, 20 Nov

RAHS/ASHET Evening Lecture - The Vital Link: NASA Space Tracking Facilities in Australia in support of the Apollo Lunar Program
Tuesday 20 November 2018 @ 5.30pm for 6pm – 7pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Presenter: Kerrie Dougherty
Cost: $10 members and $12 friends
In this talk, space historian Kerrie Dougherty will present the story of the NASA tracking stations in Australia and their roles in supporting the Apollo Moon missions from 1968–72. In particular, she will discuss how NASA’s Honeysuckle Creek Station, near Canberra – in conjunction with the Parkes radio telescope – brought the world the live television coverage of the Apollo 11 moonwalk.

About the speaker: Kerrie Dougherty is an independent space historian, author and freelance curator. Formerly curator of Space Technology at the Powerhouse Museum, with over 30 years museum experience, Kerrie is also a lecturer in Space Humanities for the International Space University. As a member of the International Academy of Astronautics, she also serves on their History of Astronautics Committee. She is the author of Australia in Space, a comprehensive history of Australian space activities (published in 2017) and the winner of the 2015 Sacknoff Prize for Space History.

Women, Place and Your Community - seminar, Bowral, 1 Dec

The full program is now available for the Create NSW Regional Seminar – Women, Place and Your Community, which will take place on Saturday 1 December at Bowral.

The RAHS Regional Seminar program promotes the study, writing and dissemination of Australian history. It aims to develop historical expertise in the community that will support history and heritage projects. Women, Place and your Community will offer participants practical advice on assessing key record sources, followed by a range of case studies on applying this to research projects.

Associate Professor Carol Liston (RAHS Senior Vice-President) will highlight the range of records now available online that can help researchers investigate land settlement in the Southern Highlands. The presentation by Billie Arnull (Library Information Services Officer, Wingecarribee Shire Council) will examine the resources available in the local studies collection at Bowral Municipal Library. Carol Liston will discuss the joint project she is undertaking with Dr Kathrine Reynolds on female convicts transported to NSW between 1801 and 1836. Christine Yeats (RAHS President) will delve into the largely forgotten history of silk growing in the late-nineteenth century and consider its links to the Southern Highlands.

This seminar will be held at the Henrietta Rose Room at the Bowral Municipal Library, 18 Bendooley Street, Bowral on 1 December from 9:30am – 3:30pm. Lunch and afternoon tea will be served. The RAHS would like to thank Berrima Berrima District Historical & Family History Society for their support in organising this seminar, which is  supported by grant funding from Create NSW.

2019 WA Heritage Awards nominations close 7 December

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Western Australian Heritage Awards.

The awards showcase excellence in revitalising heritage places, setting standards for interpretation, conservation and adaptive reuse.

Nominate your heritage champions by 4pm, Friday 7 December 2018.

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MA in Creative and Cultural Futures, University of Canberra
The versatile, interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Creative and Cultural Futures prepares students to be leaders in the rapidly changing cultural sector. Rather than focusing solely on current workplace needs, this Masters expands students' thinking around critical issues such as impact, access, audiences, leadership and innovation.

Based in Canberra, home to Australia's major cultural institutions and to a vibrant and growing creative community, your experiential learning is enriched and enlivened through close links with creative industries, the cultural sector and the Faculty's internationally recognised Centre for Creative and Cultural Research.

This expertise and industry knowledge will help students build a sustainable career in the creative and cultural industries, including for instance, community arts, creative writing, film production, digital arts, cultural policy and planning, heritage and conservation, and the galleries, libraries, archives, museums and records (GLAMR) sector.

Further infornation:
The FAHS e-Bulletin, No. 184,
18th November 2018
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