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Keir Reeves joins editorial board of new Australian History book series

CRCAH based researcher Professor Keir Reeves has joined the Editorial Board of a new book series in Australian History with London based Anthem Press.  University of Melbourne based Series Editor Professor Kate Darian-Smith recently announced that Anthem Press will publish around three titles each year in Australian History.  Keir joins other Editorial Board members in promoting the book series, and raising awareness of the entry of Anthem Press into the Australian market. Anthem's  aim is to be a premium publisher of Australian scholarly work. Professor Darian-Smith explains that “given the challenges in academic publishing, Anthem’s move into the Australian market and in Australian History offers a rare opportunity for our field” and is keen "that this Australian History book series does publish new and important work”.

Professor Reeves is delighted that an independent academic publisher based in London is publishing Australian History and looks forward to working with Dr  Anna Clark (UTS), Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno (ANU), Dr Agnieszka Sobocinska (Monash), and Professor Chris McAuliffe (ANU) and other members of the Editorial Board on this exciting new initiative.

The series will sit alongside several new book series in Australian Literature, Australian Politics, Economics and Society. There will be a  launch of the series in early 2017.

Federation University Australia based historians and allied researchers can contact Keir if they are looking for a publisher or if they are planning to publish a history manuscript.
Email: k.reeves@federation.edu.au or crcah@federation.edu.au


PhD scholarship applications now open

The Faculty of Education and Arts (Federation University Australia) and the Ballarat Trades and Labour Council (BTLC) invite applications from high calibre candidates to enrol in a Doctor of Philosophy to investigate the history of the Council.

The Ballarat Trades and Labour Council played a major role in the eight hour day movement and the formation of the Victorian Labor Party. The Trades Hall in Camp Street was constructed in 1887/88 and is historically signi cant because it represents the strength of organised labour in the colony in the late 19th Century.

The doctoral candidate will be expected to produce a book as part of the output of their doctoral research.

The successful candidate:

  • will be awarded a tax-free scholarship for 3 years (valued at ~ $26,288 per year) plus a funded RTS place (fee-free)
  • can apply for additional research project and conference funding
  • will be provided with full access to the archives held by the BTLC, and space/ facilities for research at the Trades Hall
  • will be guided by a panel of senior academic supervisors with advice from BLTC representatives
  • can participate in a research development program in Australian History
  • will hold an Honours or Honours-equivalent degree in History or allied disciplines.

This project is an initiative of the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History based in the Faculty of Education and Arts at Federation University Australia. The Centre’s vision is to discover Australia’s heritage, to interpret contemporary events and to shape Australia’s future role in a global context. Our key objective is to work with partner organisations and researchers to advance and apply research knowledge in Australian history for mutual benefit.

Australian History at Federation University Australia is rapidly gaining a national reputation for academic excellence. We have the largest and fastest growing group of postgraduate researchers at FedUni.

To apply, please visit FedUni's Research degrees website, and complete the forms for PhD candidature. When submitting these forms stipulate that you are applying for the Ballarat Trades and Labour Council scholarship, and include a 500 word proposal indicating how you would approach the project.

For further information please contact:
Dr Jeremy Smith or Professor Keir Reeves
Email: crcah@federation.edu.au
Telephone: +61 3 5327 9599

Applications close: January 20, 2017

Ballarat Trades and Labour Council PhD scholarship flyer


Congratulations to CRCAH researchers on ARC success!

ARC Discovery Project DP170100198 “Rights in records by design”. This project aims to design and develop a Lifelong Living Archive for children who experience out-of-home care. Children cared for out-of-home need quality recordkeeping systems to develop and nurture their sense of identity and connectedness; account for their care experiences throughout their lives; and detect, report, investigate and take action against child neglect and abuse. This research is expected to support children experiencing family dislocation through efficient, effective, and responsive recordkeeping systems to ensure the highest standards and continuity of care.

The research team is led by CI Dr Joanne Evans along with Associate Professor Jacqueline Wilson (CRCAH); Professor Susan McKemmish; Associate Professor Philip Mendes; Professor Keir Reeves (CRCAH) and Dr Jane Bone. $542,500.00


Kylie Rippon presents research at ANU

CRCAH HDR student Kylie Rippon will present her paper Aboriginal Acts and their effect on Victorian Aboriginal parenting, 1869 - 1900 at the Australian Policy and History workshop, How Australians should live, Tuesday 1 November 2016, at the Australian National University.

The workshop is convened by the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian Policy and History Network and the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University.

The Australian Policy and History (APH) Network aims to provide policymakers, the media and the general public with relevant, accessible information about the historical background to current events and issues. It connects historians with those making and commenting on public policy, so that the insights gained from the past can be used to inform decision-making in the present, in turn leading to better outcomes in the future.


CRCAH takes film, The Unlucky Australians, to the Freedom Festival, Northern Territory

Professor Keir Reeves, Dr Tim Harrison and Dr Ben Mountford (from CRCAH, Federation University Australia) and Luke Grimes (Technology Manager at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E)) will be travelling in mid-August 2016 to the Gurindji Freedom Festival at Kalkarindji and Daguragu in the Northern Territory. There they will be doing some engagement work with the community and giving talks as part of the festival lecture program.

Ben will also take part in the screening of The Unlucky Australians, a documentary on the Wave Hill Walk Off made in the 1970s by the the British filmmaker John Goldschmidt and the Australian author Frank Hardy, which was never broadcast in Australia. In 2016, the 50th Anniversary Year of the Wave Hill Walk Off, CRCAH has been working with colleagues at M.A.D.E. to organise a number of screenings of the film in Australia. The first screening was held at M.A.D.E. in July to coincide with the opening of the Australian Historical Association conference. FedUni is now sponsoring the screening of the film at the Gurindji Freedom Festival in the Northern Territory.

For more information, visit the Freedom Day 50 website, and read Ben Mountford's blog about the Gurindji Freedom Day.


New book, Goldfields and the Gothic: A hidden heritage and folklore, edited and compiled by David Waldron

Generations of Australians have grown up with the legend of Eureka and the familiar images of the gold rush in central Victoria. However, underneath these commonly known stories lies a stranger and darker past. As well as colonists, pioneers, soldiers and rebel miners, the colonial goldfields were home to spiritualists, secret societies, ghost-hoaxers, bunyip legends and murderers. There are also the stories of those often forgotten in the goldfield histories – Indigenous peoples, immigrant communities, homosexuals, and the mentally ill.

Goldfields and the Gothic is an anthology by local historians of the long buried legends, histories and folklore of the Victorian goldfields and their legacy today. Every historian has a collection of strange, buried pieces of history; this work begins the task of bringing them into the light.

Dr David Waldron is a lecturer in history and anthropology at Federation University, Australia, with a research focus on folklore and community identity. He is the author of Sign of the Witch: Modernity and the Pagan Revival (Carolina Academic Press, 2008), Shock! The Black Dog of Bungay: a Case Study in Local Folklore (Arkana, 2010), and Snarls from the Tea-Tree: Victoria's Big Cat Folklore (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2013).

For further information, see the Australian Scholarly Publishing Goldfields and the Gothic flyer


CRCAH has moved

We are delighted to announce that CRCAH has moved to larger offices on level 1, E building, SMB.

On Thursday 17 March 2016 around 60 CRCAH staff, students and friends celebrated the move and CRCAH's recent achievements with a BBQ.

Head of campus Sam Henson welcomed everyone and CRCAH Director Professor Keir Reeves noted CRCAH's recent substantial growth and significant research strengths.


New book, Fighting words, co-edited by Benjamin Mountford

"Can a book change the world? If books were integral to the creation of the imperial global order, what role have they played in resisting that order throughout the twentieth century? To what extent have anti-imperial and anti-colonial resistance movements across the planet been inspired and sustained by materially circulating texts? Bringing together scholars from around the globe, Fighting words: fourteen books that shaped the postcolonial world responds to these questions by examining how the book as a cultural form fuelled resistance to Empire in the long twentieth century. Through fourteen case studies, it explores the ways in which books have facilitated the circulation of anti-imperial ideas, as they themselves have circulated as objects and commodities within regional, national, and transnational networks. In so doing, this collection argues that the book has played a central role in the formation of resistance movements and in the development of a postcolonial world".

Fighting words: fourteen books that shaped the postcolonial world is currently under contract with Peter Lang international academic publishers, and is being co-edited by Dominic Davies, Erica Lombard and Benjamin Mountford.

For further information visit the Torch: Oxford research centre in the humanities website


CRCAH (FedUni), WHITRAP (China) and City of Ballarat sign agreement to develop international guide

The City of Ballarat, the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (WHITRAP) (China) and the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH) at Federation University Australia have signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement (MoU) to develop a HUL Implementation Guide.

This guide will assist local authorities around the world to implement UNESCO's 2011 Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL). The HUL approach provides a road map for historic cities to deal with change. The document will be published within the context of the forthcoming International League of Historical Cities (LHC) to be held in Austria in July 2016.

Mayor Cr Des Hudson said City of Ballarat is delighted to have been recognised for the innovative work in the city.

"The HUL is an integral part of the Ballarat Strategy and guided our approach to the successful Ballarat Imagine community conversation. It is opening doors for Ballarat organisations like Federation University Australia to participate in high-value international programs," he said. "We are excited to think of the possibilities for Ballarat."

CRCAH Director Keir Reeves is delighted that Federation University Australia has joined this partnership.

"These sorts of connections are what Dr. Ron van Oers and others established for historic cities globally," he said.

Reeves also emphasised that the HUL approach has been an extremely successful pilot scheme that has showcased Ballarat and its surrounding regions internationally: "while our local history along with the streetscapes and buildings are important to locals, they are also of interest nationally and abroad. HUL highlights this and in a sense the WHITRAP partnership confirms this."

CRCAH will work with the City of Ballarat and WHITRAP to foster research exchanges throughout Australia and Asia as well as collaborating on HUL research publications.

More details on Ballarat's HUL program are available at the HUL Ballarat website


New study on Aboriginal biocultural knowledge

Associate Professor Fred Cahir (Faculty of Education and Arts), Professor Ian Clark (Business Faculty, Federation University Australia) and Dr Philip A. Clarke, (Consultant Anthropologist and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Griffith University) have recently signed a book contract with CSIRO Publishing for a book entitled: Aboriginal biocultural knowledge in south-eastern Australia.

This project will comprehensively document south-east Australian Aboriginal bio-cultural knowledge (ABCK) from archival sources. ABCK is believed to be one of the longest cumulative knowledge bases on earth. Some examples of the kind of knowledge which the archives tell us about Aboriginal peoples and communities bio-cultural knowledge in south-east Australia include: regional and site knowledge of animal behaviour; sustainable wildlife harvesting; landscape ecology; seasonality of impacts on flora and fauna; sea resources; impacts of feral animals on fauna/flora, Aboriginal medicine and pharmacology; seasonal fire management and ethno-biology.

This book has national significance in that it will be the first over-arching study of this history and as such it will provide a major resource that will be available for Aboriginal communities, regional communities, natural resource management agencies, heritage tourism industry, scholars and the wider community.


New book by CRCAH honorary Leigh Edmonds

Ballarat Heritage Services has published the ebook Australia takes wing, the first of a three volume history of Australian civil aviation history in the twentieth century titled Flight in Australia. The first volume covers the period from 1900 to 1939 and explores the fundamental processes at work in the establishment of Australia's civil aviation industry. Focusing on the politics, economics and business of aviation, it shows how the development of Australia's aviation industry has been shaped by Australia's historical and geographic circumstances.

For further information, download the flyer (pdf, 129kb) or visit the Ballarat Heritage Services online bookshop

Dr Edmonds has also recently been appointed the 2016 Honorary Research Fellow of the Civil Aviation Historical Society. The Society manages the Airways Museum and an extensive civil aviation archive at Essendon Airport.


World class research ERA ranking for historical studies and archaeology for Federation University Australia

Federation University Australia has received a world-class ranking for history and archaeology at the 21 two-digit code and also the historical studies 2103 four-digit code. With acknowledged strengths in Australian history and heritage studies and cultural history, the University has a strong role to play in regional development throughout the region.

Federation University Australia ERA History FoR leader Professor Keir Reeves is delighted and commented that "this is a terrific result as we did not have a history FoR gather in the previous assessment and we have now debuted with a world class research ERA ranking for history from the Australian Research Council".

"3" represents world standard and this represents a terrific result not only for CRCAH and its growing  postgraduate cohort but also the Faculty of Education and Arts at Federation University Australia. It is a huge endorsement for historical studies research throughout regional Victoria.

Professor Reeves concurs with the Chair of Regional Universities Network Professor Jan Thomas "that fundamental and engaged research are not mutually exclusive – we do both at regional universities". This is great result for history and archaeology in regional Victoria and given the heritage significance of the region it is fitting that research is being conducted at a world-class level.


Federation University Australia academic elected to the board of AusHeritage

Professor Keir Reeves of CRCAH has been elected to the Board of AusHeritage. AusHeritage is a network of Australian cultural heritage management organisations, established by the Australian Government in 1996. Ausheritage aims to facilitate the engagement of practitioners and organisations for the Australian heritage industry in the overseas arena.

AusHertiage members come from a variety of disciplines including: materials conservators, conservation architects and planners, academics, urban planners, environmental lawyers, cultural tourism planners and heritage managers. Membership organisations range from major Commonwealth collecting institutions and their counterparts in various State governments, to university departments and private sector consulting firms. AusHeritage is the only nationally based, multi-disciplinary cultural heritage organisation in Australia.

In January 2016 Federation University Australia and AusHeritage are hosting a goldfields famil from Director General Shy (Shih) from the Bureau of Cultural Heritage - Taiwan National Government and Professor Alex Yen from the from China University of Technology (CUTe) in Taiwan. CRCAH honorary fellow, and AusHeritage Vice President, Roger Beeston will also lead the regional visit.


CRCAH HDR student takes up Australian Prime Ministers' Centre Summer Scholarship

CRCAH research student Kylie Rippon has been awarded the Museum of Australian Democracy Summer Scholarship 2016. Her research topic is A comparative study of Prime Ministerial Perceptions of Aboriginal People: Stanley Bruce and Kevin Rudd. Kylie will be in Canberra from around the 7th January 2016 until the 17th February 2016.

For further information visit the Current Summer Scholars page on the Museum of Australian Democracy - Old Parliament House website.


Earth and Industry, new book co-edited by Erik Eklund and Julie Fenley

How have individuals and communities responded to change and interacted with the physical environments around them? In Earth and Industry Erik Eklund and Julie Fenley assemble contributors to examine historic and contemporary relations of people and the environment in an area – Gippsland, Victoria, Australia – built upon a many-layered history of environmental modifications and once again on the cusp of rapid economic and social change.

Taking account of Aboriginal and 'white' relations, 'old' and 'new' forms of pastoralism and agriculture, water and coastal management and fishing, mining and industrialisation, forestry, heritage management, and increasing political tensions in relation to the environment, the result is a story of challenges, hardships and conflicts, as well as resourcefulness and innovation.

For further details, please download the flyer


Australian Journal of Politics and History co-edited by Dr Chris McConville

The September 2015 Special Issue of the Australian Journal of Politics and History, edited by Astrid Kirchhof and Chris McConville, brings together essays exploring connections across the twentieth-century history of environmental politics on three continents. These papers emerged from a workshop held at the Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich. Historians from Germany, the United States, Great Britain and Australia met to discuss European engagements with antipodean peoples and environments, anti-nuclear feminist campaigns in Australia, North America and Germany, Greenpeace's origins in Europe and other themes linking environmental politics across the continents. These discussions resulted in a unique collection of papers which are available via the Wiley online library.


Paper on Chinese migration to Australia delivered by Dr Benjamin Mountford in Shanghai

Stopping the boats c.1888: Chinese migration to Australia as an imperial problem was delivered by CRCAH honorary Dr Benjamin Mountford at the 3rd Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC) Conference, 22-25 October 2015, at the East China Normal University, Shanghai. Focusing on the infamous Afghan Affair of 1888 (when ships containing Chinese passengers were turned away from Australian ports) Mountford's paper concentrates on the British Government's efforts to deal with the issue of Chinese migration and to manage the increasing entanglement between British foreign and colonial policy in the Asia-Pacific.

Visit the FASIC conference website for more information.

Mountford delivered a version of this paper at the Menzies Seminar, University of London also in October 2015.

Mountford's book on the coming together of the British and Chinese Empires in colonial Australia will be published in 2016 by Oxford University Press.


Battlefield Events, co-edited by Keir Reeves, published November 2015

Battlefield Events: Landscape, Commemoration and Heritage is an investigative and analytical study into the way in which significant landscapes of war have been constructed and imagined through events over time to articulate specific narratives and denote consequence and identity. The book charts the ways in which a number of landscapes of war have been created and managed from an events perspective, and how the processes of remembering (along with silencing and forgetting) at these places has influenced the management of these warscapes in the present day.

The book is published by Taylor and Francis and co-edited by CRCAH Director Professor Keir Reeves, Geoffrey R. Bird, Laura James, Birger Stichelbaut, Jean Bourgeois.

This timely longitudinal analysis of war commemoration events, the associated landscapes, travel to these destinations and management strategies will be valuable reading for all those interested in war landscapes and events.

For further information, visit Routledge's website


The origins of Australian cricket explored by CRCAH Honorary on BBC History Extra website

CRCAH Honorary Dr Benjamin Mountford has published a revealing article on the early days of cricket.

Mountford's article explains that:
"From its humble beginnings in Sydney's Hyde Park, Australian cricket has been intricately bound up with the making of Australian history. Moreover, it has remained an essential element of the evolving relationship between Britain and Australia."

For the full article, go to the BBC's History Extra website


Canoe project sheds light on hidden Aboriginal history

A new project about bark canoes reveals a forgotten history of encounters between Aboriginal Victorians and settlers in the 1800s.

On the rivers of remote colonial Victoria, 19th century European settlers depended on Aboriginal navigators and canoe builders to transport goods, mail and people.

A new documentary and multimedia project, launched in May by Culture Victoria, explores this little known aspect of colonial history through a short documentary film, image gallery, audio interviews and three short educational essays. The project is accessible online at Culture Victoria http://www.cv.vic.gov.au.

The documentary film will be screening every day on the Big Screen at Fed Square at 9:30am and 1pm from 5-12 July 2015 as part of NAIDOC week.

Produced by the independent film production company Wind & Sky Productions, the project was inspired by the research of the historian Dr Fred Cahir, an Associate Professor at Federation University Australia. "What sparked my interest was looking through 19th century records and seeing how much involvement Aboriginal people had in ordinary Australian lifestyles" says Associate Professor Cahir. "How much they contributed was immense."
The project features interviews with the historian Associate Professor Fred Cahir and Traditional Owners Uncle Bryon Powell, Jamie Lowe and Rick Nelson, and includes artwork, maps and photographs from the regional and metropolitan collections of the State Library of Victoria, the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Public Record Office Victoria, Museum Victoria and the Ballarat Gold Museum.

Photo: Fred Cahir by Jary Nemo

Read the full article


FedUni researcher member of AusHeritage Cultural Heritage Delegation to Taiwan

CRCAH Director Professor Keir Reeves travelled to Kinmen, Taiwan in June/July as part of an invited AusHeritage heritage mission to discuss site management and potential world heritage listing for the small group of islands situated just over a mile off the coast of Xiamen, China. Kinmen is best known for its extensive Cold War heritage, traditional villages and natural beauty. Other members of the Australian mission are Museums Australia CEO Dr Alex Marsden and mission leaders Ian Cook and Heather Mansell from AusHeritage.

A four day forum led by heritage expert Professor Alex Yen from Taipei aims to increase community participation in Kinmen heritage. Professor Reeves presented on the importance of social participation in good heritage practice. He also spoke about the recent experiences of Ballarat's Historic Urban Landscape UNESCO pilot programme, League of Historic Cities affiliation and the potential inclusion of the Victorian goldfields on the Australian National Tentative list as part of a future World Heritage listing. All agreed that the experiences of Australian could benefit future listing and preservation of Taiwanese cultural heritage. Pleasingly, there was national media interest in the event and participants came from China and Taiwan. The Australian government was represented by Martin Walsh the Senior Trade Commissioner and Jordan Walsh who is based in Taipei.

One future outcome is for Federation University Australia and AusHeritage to co-host a delegation of Taiwanese based researchers and officials from the National Quemoy University, the Cultural Heritage Institute of Kinmen, the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Kinmen County, partner universities and the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture to explore the Ballarat Historic Urban Landscape.

The AusHeritage delegation are in Kinmen as guests of the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture.


Dr Benjamin Mountford presents at University of Leicester

CRCAH Honorary research fellow, Dr Benjamin Mountford, spoke on "Colonies, empires, oceans" at the Australia in the world work in progress workshop at the University of Leicester on 26 June 2015.

To find out more about the Australia in the world workshop, download the program here


CRCAH researcher presents at Australian Prime Ministers' Centre Seminar

CRCAH's Associate Professor Fred Cahir presented "Connections with Australian Indigenous Communities: Prime Ministers Alfred Deakin and John Curtin" at the 2015 Australian Prime Ministers' Centre Seminar in Canberra on 19 June 2015.

For further details, download the APMC program


A/Prof Fred Cahir's research forms the basis of a new digital tour of Sovereign Hill

Fred Cahir's recent book, Black Gold: Aboriginal People on the Goldfields of Victoria, 1850-1870, has formed the basis of the new digital tour Hidden Histories. The tour tells the stories of the Wadawurrung people on the Goldfields and leads visitors around the Sovereign Hill museum. The digital application and website includes games, videos, audio files, images and a timeline.

To take the tour and to learn about the Wadawurrung people, visit the Sovereign Hill Hidden Histories website.

The article, "Sovereign Hill digital tour to tell of Indigenous link to gold", published in Ballarat's Courier newspaper on 3 June 2015, outlines some further details about Hidden Histories.


CRCAH historian co-convener of Australian Research Council funded Çanakkale/Gallipoli Wars 2015 international conference,Turkey

During May Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH) Director and Federation University Australia historian, Professor Keir Reeves, is co-convening a major international conference led by Monash and Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart Universities and a host of cultural and government organisations including the Çanakkale 100th Anniversary organisation. This will be held at the Dardanos Campus of Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University.

Read the full article

Photo: Anzac Cove, courtesy Keir Reeves


FedUni historian, Dr Janice Newton, visits Oxford

Dr Janice Newton of Federation University Australia recently met with Dr Deborah Bryceson in Oxford to discuss research and comparative mining history. Dr Bryceson, editor of Mining and Social Transformation in Africa (Routledge 2014 and pictured with Dr Bryceson holding her book), is currently an Honorary Research Fellow, African Studies Centre, University of Edinburgh and Deputy Director, Institute of Gender Studies, University of Oxford. "Contemporary small scale mining in Africa and Indonesia has interesting parallels with historic gold rushes in California and Australia," says Dr Newton. Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH) Director Professor Keir Reeves comments that "CRCAH is increasingly building international research linkages and the Centre looks forward to hosting Dr Bryceson briefly later in the year." Dr Bryceson attended the Gold Rush Imperialism conference held at the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford, last month where Federation University Australia historians were also in attendance. "This most recent research connection with Janice further strengthens CRCAH's research networks with the United Kingdom" says Professor Reeves.

Dr Janice Newton's most recent publication is Mullawallah: The Last King Billy of Ballarat, 2015.


Hopeful Places: Migration and Belonging in an Unpredictable Era, launched Thursday May 14

Edited by Federation University Australia's Dr Chris McConville, Hopeful Places was launched at the Mechanics' Institute on May 14 at 5.30pm.

"Low income, poor education and related difficulties" diminish the lives of native-born and immigrant, and remain largely unaltered by an emphasis on cultural retention and national migration policy. Perhaps in the end, Gans's criterion remains the only useful measure of migration policy, and a sense of belonging; that regardless of official statements about multiculturalism or embrace of difference, and in the face of continued marginality, a successful settlement is one that survives as "by and large a good place to live".
-- From the Introduction

For more details, please refer to the launch invitation flyer.


CRCAH Director invited to gold mining and global history conference at University of Oxford

In April Federation University Australia historian and Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH) Director Professor Keir Reeves was invited to present on regional connections at the Gold Rush Imperialism: Gold Mining and Global History in the Age of Imperialism, c.1848-1914 conference hosted by the Rothermere American Institute and the Oxford Centre for Global History at the University of Oxford. Keir presented his paper, 'Exploring the regional and international historical connections of the nineteenth century South-West Pacific gold rushes,' and chaired a keynote address.

Read the full article

Photo: Corpus Christi College conference reception, courtesy Benjamin Mountford


FedUni Arts Academy wins Heritage Award

The Arts Academy has won a Ballarat Heritage Award, Heritage Innovation for Living Heritage: Trades and Tradition, 2014. The Ballarat Heritage Awards recognises 'excellence, innovation and best practice in heritage'.
The team led by Angela Campbell (Performing Arts), includes Christine Smith (Visual Communications) and visiting artists, Tanja Beer and Amy Tsilemanis.

At the award ceremony judges congratulated the team saying
"Thirty six acting and visual communication students researched, created and performed Living Heritage, Trades and Traditions, helping them to consider how the next generation of artists can apply their emerging creative skills to activate the rich architectural heritage and historical past of Ballarat. This outstanding example of collaboration, education and innovation is interdisciplinary and community-focused, entertaining audiences over Ballarat's Heritage Weekend events. This project is a valuable contribution to the tourism profile and cultural liveability of Ballarat. The street and space performances and activation are transformative for students and the community, deepening appreciation and value of Ballarat's significant heritage in highly innovative and imaginative ways. It is hoped that the success of this work will ensure this mutual appreciation and development of further innovative approaches is on-going."

To find out more, watch the a film about Heritage weekend, 2014, as shown at the Awards night, 2015.


Heritage award to Clare Gervasoni

Congratulations to Clare Gervasoni, Art and Historical Collections Curator, who has won the Special Heritage Skills section at the Ballarat Heritage Awards this week.

This is the third year of the award and every winner has an association with FedUni – Dot Wickham in 2013 and Anne Beggs Sunter in 2014.

The Specialist Heritage Skills award recognises tradespersons, professionals, researchers or conservators who work using specialist knowledge or traditional methods and craftsmanship, demonstrating heritage best practice to a very high standard.


Remembering Dr Ron van Oers -
Historic Urban Landscape and UNESCO heritage expert

Federation University Australia, the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH) and Ballarat has lost a dear friend and supporter. On 28 April Dr Ron van Oers died suddenly from a brain aneurysm while undertaking field work with UNESCO in Nepal.

As Vice-Director of the Shanghai-based World Heritage Institute of Training and Research – Asia Pacific (WHITRAP), Dr van Oers was instrumental in establishing Ballarat as one of the first cities in the world to trial UNESCO's Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) approach to urban conservation. He pioneered the Historic Urban Landscape approach and is recognised globally as its leading theorist and practitioner.

Read the full article

Photo: Dr Ron van Oers speaking in Ballarat in February 2015, courtesy Narelle Wilson


Heritage and memory of war, co-edited by Gilly Carr and Keir Reeves, released May 2015

Carr and Reeves, Heritage and Memory of War book coverHeritage and memory of war: responses from small islands, Routledge, 2015, is the first comprehensive volume dedicated to what the memories, legacies and heritage of war in small islands can teach those who live outside them, through closely related historical and contemporary case studies covering 20th and 21st century conflict across the globe.

"This collection of essays addresses an overlooked aspect of war histories and the relations between centre and periphery in Colonial and Imperial histories. Authors attend to the silences and untold incidents in overlooked small islands and territories that slip through the gap in big histories of nations. This book is important theoretically and empirically, and will be of interest to interdisciplinary scholars of war, memory, heritage and identity." – Max Quanchi, University of South Pacific, Fiji

For further information about the book, please visit the Routledge's website.


Successful launch of Scots under the Southern Cross at Clunes Booktown, 3 May

Scots under the Southern Cross, co-edited by Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH) researchers A/Prof Fred Cahir and Dr Anne Beggs-Sunter, and with University of Melbourne art historian A/Prof Alison Inglis, was launched to a good crowd in the Federation University Australia marquee at Clunes Booktown on 3 May.

A fine edition by BHS Publishing, the book includes select presentations from a forum which was held in Ballarat to accompany the exhibition For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation held at Ballarat Art Gallery in May 2014.

The five interrelated sections of the book are: 'Retrospect', 'The Scots in Aboriginal Australia', 'Biographical Studies of Scottish Australians', 'Scottish Artists on Australia' and 'Commemorating Scotland in Australia'. The essays tell the stories of Scottish immigrants and their successful establishment of economic and cultural networks in Australia.

The book includes essays by FedUni researchers Anne Beggs-Sunter, Fred Cahir, Ian Clark, Nicola Cousen, Chris McConville, and Alex Millmow, along with Jon Addison, Jason Gibson, Lizanne Henderson, Bronwyn Hughes, Alison Inglis, Katherine Kovacic, Sandi Mitchell, Malcolm Prentis, Benjamin Wilkie, Douglas Wilkie.

For further information contact: info@ballartheritage.com.au


Reeves, Nowak, Oxford, BallingerDr Chris Ballinger, Exeter College Oxford, hosted by CRCAH, March 2015

CRCAH was pleased to host a visit by Dr Chris Ballinger, Academic Dean and Official Fellow, Exeter College, University of Oxford. Professor Keir Reeves (CRCAH) and Dr Ballinger discussed research connections around Australian history and politics, along with shared research strengths in the humanities. Professor Reeves will follow up these connections when he visits Oxford mid-April.

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