Anzac Memories Revisited

Anzac Memories Revisited: family history and Australian war remembrance

Last night the third Making Public Histories Seminar for 2013 was held at the State Library. In theme with ANZAC Day, Alistair Thomson (Monash University) and Carolyn Holbrook (Melbourne University) discussed the themes surrounding ANZAC remembrance and family history.

Discussing a forthcoming edition of his 1994 study of Anzac memory and mythology, Alistair Thomson returned to his own family war history that he could not write about twenty years ago because of the stigma of war and mental illness. His latest edition uses newly-released Repatriation files, and questions his earlier account of WW1 veterans’ post-war lives and memories and to think afresh about war and memory.

Placing Alistair Thomson’s study in context, Melbourne University academic Carolyn Holbrook shared with the audience her study of private war histories and explored the value of remembering these histories beyond the lives of veterans themselves. Carolyn examined family practices of collecting, preserving and re-presenting the experiences of soldier-ancestors, and suggested that a century since the war itself, Anzac memories are in a constant state of reinterpretation.

 

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Dr Tony Moore on Making Australian Public Histories

From written word to viewer-friendly doco

The rewarding but challenging task of turning scholarly Australian history into engaging material for modern audiences will be discussed by a leading Monash University historian at an upcoming seminar.

Director of the National Centre for Australian Studies, Dr Tony Moore will examine the trials, tribulations and pleasures of documentary-making since the 1990s, and the challenges of writing for different audiences and popularising Australian history.

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Using his own long-term Australian cultural history project as an example, Dr Moore will explore better ways to communicate Australia’s diverse history to the general public. Last year he published Dancing with Empty Pockets: Australia’s Bohemians, which had its origins in an ABC TV documentary Bohemian Rhapsody, and progressed to a PhD before reaching book form.

Dr Moore said to make history popular, it was essential to have a sense of an audience’s diversity and the media, and story-telling devices that engage different people.

 

“There are many challenges in translating scholarly ideas and research into documentary television,” Dr Moore said.

“Unlike a PhD, a TV documentary uses emotions such as humour and sadness, and works with music, visual effects and the grammar of film.”

Looking at his own experiences pushing for innovation at the ABC, Dr Moore argues that there is ‘a disparity between the innovative and refreshing approaches of academic historical research uncovering Australia’s past, and the often plodding, incurious, and aesthetically conservative approach to history on television. Documentary commissioners have long underestimated  and under-researched their audiences’.

Dr Moore said the onus was on scholars wishing to produce non-traditional outputs like documentary to make their research engaging and relevant to  changing audience literacies,  to balance the lack of knowledge, anti-intellectualism and risk aversion of many media professionals.

“Ignorance of Australian history outside of a few often repeated events and myths makes us poorer as citizens and a culture,” Dr Moore said.

“I also suspect that part of the reason for neglecting the past is the wrong-headed belief by TV executives looking back to their own school days that Australian history is boring.”

“Our nation has a rich history and the incredible diversity that has always existed in Australia makes for great stories and ideas that need to be told in innovative, engaging ways.”

Australian Bohemians on the Screen and on the Page will be held at the Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria, Entry 3, La Trobe St, Melbourne on Thursday 21 March from 5.30 – 7pm.

 

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Australian Bohemians on the screen and on the page

The Making Public Histories Seminar Series returns in 2013. Kick-starting this year’s programme is Australian Bohemians on the screen and on the page.

Tony Moore will discuss the evolution of his long term Australian cultural history project, from ABC TV documentary to PhD to his 2012 book, Dancing with Empty Pockets: Australia’s Bohemians. He will examine the trials, tribulations and pleasures of documentary-making in the 1990s and 2000s, and the challenges of writing for different audiences and popularising Australian history.

Dr Tony MooreDr Tony Moore is an historian and Director of the National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University, where he is a Senior Lecturer in Communications and Media Studies. Tony’s career has spanned documentary making at the ABC, journalism and book publishing. He was the recipient of a NSW History Fellowship (2007) and author of two other books: Death or Liberty: Radicals and Rebels Transported to Australia 1788-1868 (2010) and The Barry McKenzie Movies (2005). Tony is a board member of the Australian Society of Authors and was a 2012 Honorary Creative Fellow at the SLV, where he wrote a documentary treatment on Melbourne’s nineteenth century novelist and journalist Marcus Clarke. 

 

 

Thursday 21 March 2013, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

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Staff of the Institute for Public History

Foundation Director: Emeritus Professor Graeme Davison

Director: Professor Alistair Thomson

Deputy Director: Dr. Seamus O’Hanlon

Administrator: Romy Zwier

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6th Floor, Building 11 (Menzies) – Clayton Campus
Telephone: +61 3 9902 0116

Email: Romy Zwier

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Institute for Public History – Collaborative Projects/Events

Since 2008 the Institute has actively organised a number of collaborative initiatives & events that support the strategic plan of the Institute as follows:

Year Event/Project Collaborators & Partners
2008 Visualising the Past: A symposium History Department
     Making Public Histories – Seminar Series      State Library of Victoria & History Council of Victoria & Institute for Public HIstory
2009 Talk About Town: Urban Lives & Oral Sources in 20th Century Australia(August 2009) State Library of Victoria, Museum Victoria, Macquarie University, LaTrobe University, University of Melbourne  & Institute for Public History at Monash University
  National Museums in a Transnational Age: A conversation between Historians & Museum Professional, Monash Centre Prato (Oct/Nov 2009) National Museum of Australia, Institute for Public History & Institute for Study of Global Movements
  Making Public Histories Seminar Series Institute for Public History at Monash University, State Library of Victoria and the History Council of Victoria.
2010 Making Public Histories Seminar Series  Institute for Public History at Monash University, State Library of Victoria and the History Council of Victoria.
  Cities & History: New Voices, New Approaches (May 2010) Melbourne Museum & Institute for Public History
  Australian Generations: Oral History Project (2010-2014)
History Department & IPH (Monash) National Library of Australia, ABC Radio National, LaTrobe University
  Atrocity Photography & War: A Symposium, Monash Prato Centre June 2010 Convened by Christina Twomey, History Department
2011  Making Public Histories Seminar Series State Library of Victoria & the History Council of Victoria
Making History: Website Project A website launched by Melbourne Museum in partnership with the Institute for Public History for primary school students.
Communities of Memory: Biennial Conference of the Oral History Association of Australia:
07 to 09 October

Convened by the OHA (Victoria) in partnership with 
Institute for Public History,
ABC Radio National Social History Unit,
Australian Centre for the Moving Image,
Museum Victoria
National Film and Sound Archive,
Professional Historians Association
The State Library of Victoria
and postgraduate Students from History Department at Monash University

 

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School Newsletter Volume 14 2012(download PDF)

Table of Contents:

  1. Front Page
  2. Staff News and Welcome Letter
  3. Denmark  Bound – Christina Twomey and Al Thomson
  4. ARC Research Success
  5. Meet Julie Kalman
  6. What’s On – Events Calendar
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  8. New Publications
  9. The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies -
  10. On Writing a History of Monash
  11. Australian Generations Oral History Project & Writing the first ten years of Federations Square Melbourne
  12. Forthcoming Conferences
  13. Vale AGL Shaw AO
  14. Congratulations to Mary Hoban & Visiting Scholar, Professor Guy Geltner
  15. Alumni Speaker Series – University Unlimited and Humanities 21 – a new initiative for the future of history, philosophy and literature.
  16. Monash University Publishing Alumni Offer and the Revisiting the Renaissance in Florence Alumni Tour
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 School Newsletter Volume 13 2011    [PDF DOWNLOAD]

Table of Contents:

  • Farewell to Barbara Caine
  • Were you a student in the 1990s?
  • Bain Attwood off to Harvard Unviersity (2012)
  • ARC Future Fellows
  • What’s On
  • Graeme Davison reflects on the demise of the Menzies Escalators
  • Late Medieval-Prato and the Letters of Margherita Datini
  • Australian Generations Oral History Project
  • Susie Protschky’s travel notes ‘Archive fever in the great bog of Europe.
  • Postgraduate News
  • The Medici in the 15th Century of Florence – 2011 conference
  • Emma Nicholls reflects on the Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Postgraduate Workshops
  • Excavation Reports for the Centre for Archaeology & Ancient History
  • Housing & Habitat – International Archaeology Conference
  • Communities of Memory – Oral History Conference October 2011        

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Conferences & Symposia

The Institute for Public History develops and supports collaborative public events, such as conferences, lectures and and symposia designed to stimulate public interest and discussion on historical issues.  If you have any questions regarding past or future conferences or would like to join our mailing list please email kerrie.alexander@monash.edu

Future Conferences

2012/2013 Conferences & Symposia

December 2012

February 2013

Past Conferences

The Institute for Public History was pleased to organise & support the following conferences over the past few years.

The Pacific War, December 2011, Monash University Caulfield.

Convened by Christina Twomey & Ernest Koh, History Department & featured keynote speakers Professor Jay Winter (Yale University), Professor Janet Watson (University of Connecticut) and Assoc. Professor Paula Hamilton (University of Technology, Sydney).

Communities of Memory 07 to 09 October 2011 (with Oral History Workshops on 6 October 2011)

Keynote Speakers included Professor Stephen High (Concordia University) and Professor Peter Read (University of Sydney)

Biennial Conference of the Oral History Association of Australia

Conference Partners:

  • Oral History Assocation of Australia (convenors)
  • Oral History Association of Australia (Victoria Branch) (convenors)
  • State Library of Victoria
  • Institute for Public History at Monash University
  • Museum Victoria
  • Professional Historians Association of Australia
  • National Film and Sound Archives (Oral History Branch)
  • Graduates and Students of the Masters Oral History Program at Monash University
  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image

2010: Atrocity Photography & War: A Symposium.  Convened by Associate Professor Christina Twomey and Monash research fellows Drs Jane Lydon and Keir Reeves and supported by the Institute for Public History, academics from eigh different countries gathered in Monash Prato’s centre mid June 2010 to discuss their research on the relationship between atrocity, war and photography.  They keynote address was given by Professor Joanna Burke of Birkbeck College London who spoke about the changing aesthetics of atrocity photography.  Speakers approached the conference theme from a variety of perspectives including photographs as art; historical artefacts and and as evidence. 

These issues were explored through a variety of contexts, ranging from the American Civil war, 19th century Indian famines, both World Wars, to conflicts in Vietnam, Laos and Iraq.  A selection of papers from the symposium will be published in a special issue of the journal of Photography in 2011.

2009: National Museums In a Transnational Age: A conversation between Historians and Museum Professionals
1-4 November 2009 Monash University Prato Centre. 

Convened by Professor Graeme Davison, Foundation Director of the Institute for Public History, and sponsored by the Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements and the National Museum of Australia, with support from the National Museum of American History (Smithsonian) and the University of Technology Sydney, this conference drew 30 invited participants, including leading museum curators and academics from Europe, North America, Mexico, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Among the topics discussed were: Why have national museums become lightning rods for political conflict?  How well do they negotiate the diverse expectations of foreigners and nationals?  Is it possible to accommodate demands, on the one hand, to recognise plural identities and, on the other, to promote national cohesion? How effective have national museums been as agents of national restitution and reconciliation?  In due course, contributions to the conference will appear as a book.        

2009: Talk about Town: Urban Lives and Oral Sources in 20th Century Australia. In August 2009 the Institute for Public History together with the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne Museum, University of Melbourne & LaTrobe University sponsored a two day conference.  Over 40 papers were presented and a special volume of conference papers were published late 2010 in an edition of the  the Australian Historical Association’s journal.

2005: Seeking Asylum in Australia
At the end of 2005 the Institute for Public History and the Australian Centre for the Study of Jewish Civilization co-sponsored a two-day conference,Seeking Asylum in Australia 1995-2005: Experiences and Policies.

2004: Making Connections
In November 2004, the Institute for Public History organised a one-day symposium, Making Connections: New Directions in Family History, supported by the State Library of Victoria.

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Institute Background

2004-2006

The Institute for Public History, formed at the beginning of 2004, is a new initiative of the School of Historical Studies. In its first two years of operation the Institute  successfully organised its own Annual Public Lecture series as well as three diverse public history events – The Hijab and Secularism: Responses to the French Law Banning Headscarves; Making Connections: New Directions in Family History and Great Eras of Europe: A Debate.

It has also co-convened a public conference, Seeking Asylum in Australia 1995-2005: Experiences and Policies as well as re-established contact with our alumni by organising and extending invitations to history walks and book launches. The Institute also produced and published its first commissioned history, Bringing Home the Bacon: A History of the Harris Family’s Castlemaine Bacon Company 1905 – 2005, in 2005, and in March 2006, its second publication, The Rotary Club of Prahran: Fifty years serving the community 1955-2005 came off the presses.

Foundation of the Institute

Provided by the Institute’s Foundation Director, Emeritus Professor Graeme Davison (in 2004)

What is public history?

More than 15 years ago, historians at Monash began to reach beyond the university to provide training and research opportunities for the growing numbers of historians working in museums, heritage, family history and elsewhere in the public realm. Our Master’s Program in Public History, the first in Australia , enabled young historians to undertake internships with a range of public employers and helped to strengthen public awareness of historical issues.

Present and former Monash historians who have contributed to Monash’s outstanding record of public history include Ann McGrath, Chris McConville, Tom Griffiths, Graeme Davison, Andrew Markus, Seamus O’Hanlon, Bain Attwood and Maria Nugent. More than 100 graduates of the program are now working in places as far apart as Port Hedland and Hobart, and in museums, heritage bodies, government departments and as freelance historians. Monash graduates played a leading role in the formation of the Victorian branch of the Professional Historians’ Association. Now the School of Historical Studies has taken a further step in establishing the Monash Institute for Public History.

Through the Institute it will offer lectures, symposia, conferences and field trips designed to stimulate public interest and discussion on historical issues. It will reach out to its graduates through book launches, lectures, study-tours and other events. It will undertake the research and writing of commissioned histories, research reports and consultancies. It will look to the new opportunities afforded by Monash’s international campuses in Asia , Europe and Africa to develop international as well as local research collaborations. With history more than ever in the headlines, the Institute for Public History seeks to ‘lead the way’ in offering expert advice and commentary on current issues.

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Recent Colloborative Projects/Events

Since 2008 the Institute has actively organised a number of collaborative initiatives & events that support the strategic plan of the Institute as follows:

Year Event/Project Collaborators & Partners
2008 Visualising the Past: A symposium History Department
     Making Public Histories – Seminar Series      State Library of Victoria & History Council of Victoria & Institute for Public HIstory
2009 Talk About Town: Urban Lives & Oral Sources in 20th Century Australia(August 2009) State Library of Victoria, Museum Victoria, Macquarie University, LaTrobe University, University of Melbourne  & Institute for Public History at Monash University
  National Museums in a Transnational Age: A conversation between Historians & Museum Professional, Monash Centre Prato (Oct/Nov 2009) National Museum of Australia, Institute for Public History & Institute for Study of Global Movements
  Making Public Histories Seminar Series Institute for Public History at Monash University, State Library of Victoria and the History Council of Victoria.
2010 Making Public Histories Seminar Series  Institute for Public History at Monash University, State Library of Victoria and the History Council of Victoria.
  Cities & History: New Voices, New Approaches (May 2010) Melbourne Museum & Institute for Public History
  Australian Generations: Oral History Project (2010-2014)
History Department & IPH (Monash) National Library of Australia, ABC Radio National, LaTrobe University
  Atrocity Photography & War: A Symposium, Monash Prato Centre June 2010 Convened by Christina Twomey, History Department
2011  Making Public Histories Seminar Series State Library of Victoria & the History Council of Victoria
Making History: Website Project A website launched by Melbourne Museum in partnership with the Institute for Public History for primary school students.
Communities of Memory: Biennial Conference of the Oral History Association of Australia:
07 to 09 October

Convened by the OHA (Victoria) in partnership with 
Institute for Public History,
ABC Radio National Social History Unit,
Australian Centre for the Moving Image,
Museum Victoria
National Film and Sound Archive,
Professional Historians Association
The State Library of Victoria
and postgraduate Students from History Department at Monash University

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    2004-2006 The Institute for Public History, formed at the beginning of 2004, is a new…

  • Staff of the Institute for Public History

    Foundation Director: Emeritus Professor Graeme Davison Director: Professor Alistair Thomson Deputy Director: Dr. Seamus O’Hanlon Administrator: Romy Zwier…

  • Advisory Board

    Advisory Board Members Professor Al Thomson, Director IPH, School of Historical Studies, Monash University. Dr…

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    Postal Address The Institute for Public HistoryHistory Department – School of Philsophical, Historical and International…

Staff of the Institute for Public History

Foundation Director: Emeritus Professor Graeme Davison

Director: Professor Alistair Thomson

Deputy Director: Dr. Seamus O’Hanlon

Administrator: Romy Zwier

Contact Us:

6th Floor, Building 11 (Menzies) – Clayton Campus
Telephone: +61 3 9902 0116

Email: Romy Zwier

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Advisory Board

Advisory Board Members

  • Professor Al Thomson, Director IPH, School of Historical Studies, Monash University.
  • Dr Seamus O’Hanlon, Deputy Director IPH, School of Historical Studies, Monash University.
  • Professor Graeme Davison, Founding Director IPH, School of Historical Studies, Monash University.
  • Professor Barbara Caine, School of Historical Studies, Monash University.
  • Shane Carmody, Director Collections & Services State Library of Victoria.
  • Dr Richard Gillespie, Head, Aust. Soc. & Technology, Museum Victoria.
  • Helen Harris OAM, Professional Historian.
  • Associate Professor Renate Howe, Deakin University.
  • Dr Andrew Lemon, Professional Historian.
  • Kate Prinsley, Executive Officer, Royal Historical Society of Victoria Inc.
  • Michelle Rayner, Executive Producer Radio National.
  • Sarah Rood, President, Professional Historians Association.

Advisory Board inaugural lunch meeting,
31 August 2005,
Level 5, the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre,
210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne;
L-R: Sarah Rood, Shane Carmody, Renate Howe and Seamus O’Hanlon

Advisory Board inaugural lunch meeting,
31 August 2005,
Level 5, the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre,
210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne;
L-R: Richard Gillespie, Susan Aykut, Graeme Davison and Barbara Caine

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  • The Institute for Public History
    History Department – School of Philsophical, Historical and International Studies
    Building 11
    Monash University Victoria 3800

Location

  • 6th Floor, Room W604
    Building 11, Menzies Building
    Monash University, Clayton Campus
    Wellington Road, Clayton Victoria

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    2004-2006 The Institute for Public History, formed at the beginning of 2004, is a new…

  • Recent Colloborative Projects/Events

    Since 2008 the Institute has actively organised a number of collaborative initiatives & events that…

  • Staff of the Institute for Public History

    Foundation Director: Emeritus Professor Graeme Davison Director: Professor Alistair Thomson Deputy Director: Dr. Seamus O’Hanlon Administrator: Romy Zwier…

  • Advisory Board

    Advisory Board Members Professor Al Thomson, Director IPH, School of Historical Studies, Monash University. Dr…

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The role of the Institute for Public History is to engage in community engagement programs that strengthen the links between historians inside and outside the university, and to create closer ties between professional historians, alumni, and a wider, interested public.

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