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NEWSLETTER November 2005

PLANNING FOR THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S FUTURE

You are reminded that the planning day takes place at the home of the Society President, Dr Brian Reid, from 2PM on Saturday 19 November 2005. Those who wish to attend and have not so far advised that they are doing so should complete and return the form below. There will be a structured but interactive discussion on how the Historical Society can best position itself for the future. The Reid residence is at 50 McMinns Drive, McMinns Lagoon (corner, McMinns Drive and Lilly Lane). A mud map will be sent to participants. The day finishes with an informal evening meal. Food and eating utensils are provided but please bring your own liquid refreshments and chairs.

If you wish to attend: Please return to the Historical Society at its postal address or email David.Carment@cdu.edu.au by 14 November 2005.

Name/Names
Contact email address (preferred) or telephone number

CHRISTMAS BRUNCH

You are also reminded that the always pleasant and popular Historical Society Christmas brunch takes place this year from 10AM on Sunday 27 November 2005 at the Buzz Café, Cullen Bay, Darwin. The cost is $30 per person to be paid to the Society. Please complete and return the form below if you wish to attend.

If you wish to attend: Please return to the Historical Society at its postal address by 21 November 2005 with payment of $30 person (cheques/money orders to 'Historical Society of the Northern Territory').

Name/Names, contact email address (preferred) or telephone number

RECENT PUBLICATION ON NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY

Joanne van Os, Outback Heart: The Powerful True Story of Life with Rod Ansell, Known by Many as 'the Original Crocodile Dundee', Bantam, Sydney, 2005, ISBN 1863255028.

CHRISTMAS RECESS

The Society will, as usual, be in recess during December and January. Its Council wishes all members a very happy Christmas and New Year.

ELEVENTH AUSTRALASIAN CONGRESS AND GENEALOGY AND HEARLDRY

This takes place in Darwin between 1 and 4 June 2006. The theme is 'Family History - The Access Revolution'. For further information email congress11@austarnet.com.au or telephone 0889817363.

CHIEF MINISTER'S NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY BOOK AWARD FOR 2005

The 2005 Award winner was John Mulvaney's Paddy Cahill of Oenpelli. The two other finalists were Kathy De La Rue's (Society member), The Evolution of Darwin, 1869-1911 and Peter Monteath's (edited) The Diary of Emily Caroline Creaghe Explorer.


NEWSLETTER October 2005

NEXT LECTURE

The last lecture of the 2005 series on the Northern Territory's cultural diversity takes place from 8.00 PM on Wednesday 26 October 2005 in the theatre, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin. Jill Jolliffe, a highly acclaimed author of publications on the history of East Timor, discusses connections between East Timor and the Northern Territory during the Second World War. Refreshments follow the lecture.

PLANNING FOR THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S FUTURE: CHANGE OF DATE

The planning day was advertised in the September newsletter for 1 October 2005. It has, unfortunately, had to be postponed due to the slowness of building additions at the residence of the Society President, Dr Brian Reid, where it is to occur.

It is now scheduled for 2.00 PM on Saturday 19 November 2005. The Society apologises for any inconvenience resulting from the change of date. It will assume that all those who indicated their intention of participating are to be there unless they advise otherwise. Those who wish to attend and have not so far advised that they are doing so should complete and return the form below. There will be a structured but interactive discussion on how the Historical Society can best position itself for the future. The Reid residence is at 50 McMinns Drive, McMinns Lagoon (corner, McMinns Drive and Lily Lane). A mud map will be sent to participants. The day finishes with an informal evening meal. Food and eating utensils are provided but please bring your own liquid refreshments and chairs.

Please contact the Historical Society at its postal address or email David.Carment@cdu.edu.au by 14 November 2005 if you will be attending. Make sure you include the name/names and contact email address (preferred) or telephone number

CHRISTMAS BRUNCH

The always pleasant and popular Historical Society Christmas brunch takes place this year from 10.00 AM on Sunday 27 November 2005 at the Buzz Café, Cullen Bay, Darwin. The cost is $30 per person to be paid to the Society.

Please contact the Historical Society at its postal address by 21 November 2005 with payment of $30/person (cheques/money orders to 'Historical Society of the Northern Territory'). Include the name/s and contact details of those attending.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS ON NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY

Pearl Ogden, People of the Victoria River District: An Album, The author, Darwin, 2005, ISBN 095857233X

Henry Reynolds, Nowhere People: How International Race Thinking Shaped Australia's Identity, Viking, Melbourne, 2005, ISBN 0670041181

Annual History Colloquium

The final program (pdf file) of the ANU/CDU/MAGNT 2005 History Colloquium can be downloaded here.

All interested persons are most welcome to attend.

 

 


 

NEWSLETTER September 2005

PATRON'S DINNER

The annual, and always most enjoyable, Patron's Dinner is at 7.30 PM on Thursday 29 September 2005 at Bogart's Restaurant Parap at a cost of $30 per person. The guest speaker is Judy Boland, who will reflect on her many years of teaching History in Northern Territory secondary schools. Judy, currently a staff member at Darwin High School, is well known for her innovative and successful approaches to teaching Northern Territory history and is the Historical Society's Treasurer. Willy Pedersen is also being presented with his Historical Society Honorary Life Membership certificate at the dinner.

If you wish to attend please return to the Historical Society at its postal address with payment of $30 per head (cheques and money orders to Historical Society of the Northern Territory) by 23 September 2005. List name/names and contact email address (preferred) or telephone number of those attending.

PLANNING FOR THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S FUTURE

All members are invited to an afternoon discussion on how the Historical Society can best plan for the future. This takes place at the home of the President, Dr Brian Reid, near Humpty Doo from 2.00 PM on Saturday 1 October 2005. Those who wish to stay on for a barbeque meal are most welcome to do so. Please bring the necessary food and drink.

Please contact the Historical Society by email or post (by September 20 2005) with a list of names and contact details of those attending. They will be provided with information on how to reach the Reid residence.

AUSTRALIAN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION ASSOCIATION TOP END GROUP DINNER

The Australian Library and Information Association's Top End Group invites Historical Society members to attend a dinner at 7.00 PM on Friday 7 October 2005, Kantillas, Marrara Stadium. The cost is $40 per person and the guest speaker is the well-known South Australian historian and librarian Valmai Hankel, whose topic is 'Northern Territory explorers and their journals'. To organise payment please contact Dianne Wilcox at diwilcox@austarnet.com.au .

2005 NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY GRANTS

Congratulations go to Historical Society members Colin De La Rue and Dr Julie Wells on their recently announced History Grants. A full list of grants is included with this newsletter. Download the pdf document here.

SPECIAL HERITAGE EVENT AT THE FORMER SECOND WORLD WAR ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE BASE - 4 REPAIR AND SERVICE UNIT, PELL AIRSTRIP

This takes place on Saturday 3 September 2005 from 3.30 PM. A guided tour of the former Second World War Repair and Service Unit (RSU) Camp commences at 3.30 PM followed at 5.00 PM by a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the surrender agreement between the United States and Japan to be conducted by RAAF Chaplain James Cox.

The ceremony is being held at the parade ground - 4RSU, Pell Airstrip (within Historical Society member Dr Jan Hills' property, 'Pell Mell', situated 10 kilometres north of the town of Adelaide River). An early evening dinner at the Sergeants' Mess follows.

The cost for the three or four course dinner is $44 per person to be paid prior to the function. Beer, wine and drinks can be purchased through the night.

RAAF personnel will be on hand to assist with the functions. Proceeds go to the Conservation Fund of the National Trust of Australia (Northern Territory). Accommodation is available at Adelaide River and Mount Bundy or participants may like to camp at 'Pell Mell'. If so, they should arrive early to set up prior to 3.00 PM. Payment can be made in person at the National Trust office, 2 Kahlin Avenue, Larrakeyah, via email at ntnt@octa4.net.au or by telephoning 08 89812848 before Friday 2 September 2005.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS ON NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY

Yvonne C Forrest (Historical Society member), U3A Darwin - the Story: Fifteen Years of Learning, Laughter and Friendship, University of the Third Age Darwin, Darwin, 2005, ISBN 0 646 45006 0

Timothy G Jones (Historical Society member), The Chinese in the Northern Territory, Third Edition, Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin, 2005, ISBN 1 876248 01 7

Territory in Trust, vol 3, no 1, 2005


 

NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2005

NEXT LECTURE

The next lecture in the Society's 2005 series on cultural diversity in the Northern Territory takes place from 8.00 PM on Wednesday 31 August 2005 the theatre, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Kay Goon, a member of the Historical Society Council and an active community historian, speaks on the colourful life of Edwin Verburg (1869-1965), the Dutch born agriculturalist who for many years farmed at Adelaide River. The road bridge at Adelaide River is now named after him. The Administrator of the Northern Territory, Ted Egan, who knew Verburg, and his wife Nerys Evans are attending the lecture. Refreshments will, as usual, be served at the end.

PATRON'S DINNER

The 2005 Patron's Dinner takes place from 7.30 PM in Bogart's Restaurant, Parap, on 29 September 2005. Further details regarding the speaker and cost and an acceptance form are to be in the September newsletter but you may wish to include a note about the dinner in your diary. It is also planned to present Willi Pedersen with his Honorary Life Membership certificate at the dinner.

MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF MINISTER

The Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Clare Martin, has written to the Society President, Dr Brian Reid, personally extending her 'thanks to the Society and its members, on behalf of all Territorians, for the excellent work you do in preserving and promoting our unique history'.   The Society takes this opportunity on congratulating the Chief Minister and her government on their re-election and looks forward to the revised heritage legislation that the government is committed to introducing.

NEW LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

The Society also congratulates the new Leader of the Opposition in the Northern Territory, Jodeen Carney, on her election to that position. A graduate in Arts and Laws from the University of Melbourne, she studied History as part of her Arts degree and is a member of National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame.

BIRDUM ALIVE IN 2005

This event involves celebrations of the North Australian Railway at Larrimah and Birdum between 2 and 4 September 2005. It is being organised by the Friends of the North Australian Railway. For further information contact Trevor Horman at T.Horman@bigpond.com or on 0417838578.

NEW PUBLICATIONS ON NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY

Marsden Hordern, A Merciful Journey: Recollections of a World War II Patrol Boat Man, The Miegunyah Press, Melbourne, 2005, ISBN 0522851657.

Michele Langfield (Society member) and Peta Roberts, Welsh Patagonians: The Australian Connection, Crossing Press, Sydney, 2005, no ISBN provided, available in August

Roper River Field Trip Report

Read the report by Bev Phelts on the Roper River field trip in July. Contains photos and text. Download the Microsoft Word Document here


 

NEWSLETTER July 2005

NEXT LECTURE

The lecture at 8.00 AM on Wednesday 29 June 2005 in room 22.99, Casuarina Campus, Charles Darwin University on the Italians in the Northern Territory will now be given by Tony Randazzo as Eugene Scaturchio will be overseas. Tony is a prominent member of Darwin's Italian community.

FIELD TRIP

Members are reminded of the field trip to the Roper River/Gulf region between 22 and 24 July 2005, full details of which were provided in the May newsletter. Additional copies of the information sheet and the response form can be obtained from the Society at its postal address or David.Carment@cdu.edu.au . Please advise the Society or David by 9 July 2005 if you are participating. There is a charge of $5 for each member and $10 for each non-member to cover the cost of the information pack kit being provided.

NEW HISTORICAL SOCIETY BOOKS

The Society is pleased to announce the publication of two important new books.   They are:

David Carment (Society member), Australia's Northern Capital: A Short History of Darwin

Marge Duminski, Southport Northern Territory 1869-2002.

Copies of these and other Historical Society publications can be obtained using the attached order form.

are reminded of the field trip to the Roper River/Gulf region between 22 and 24 July 2005, full details of which were provided in the April and May newslettesr. Additional copies of the information sheet can be obtained from the Society at its postal address or David.Carment@cdu.edu.au.

PATRON'S DINNER

This takes place on the evening of 29 September 2005. Further details are being provided in a future newsletter.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS ON NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY

David Carment (Society member), 'Political Chronicle: Northern Territory, July to December 2004', in Australian Journal of Politics and History, 51 (2), 2005, pp 315-321.

Anna Cole, Victoria Haskins and Fiona Paisley (eds), Uncommon Ground: White Women in Aboriginal History, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, 2005, ISBN 0-855575-485-0.

Aaron Corn, 'When the Waters will be One: Hereditary Performance Traditions and the Yolngu Re-invention of Post-Barunga Intercultural Discourses', in Journal of Australian Studies, 84, 2005, pp 23-34.

Susanna De Vries, Great Pioneer Women of the Outback, HarperCollins, Sydney, 2005, ISBN 0-7322-7663-2.

Regina Ganter, 'The View from the North', in Martyn Lyons and Penny Russell (eds), Australia's History: Themes and Debates, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 2005, ISBN 0-86840-790-9.

Journal of Northern Territory History, 16, 2005 (being sent to all Society members).

Trish Luker, 'Intention and Interability in Cubillo v Commonwealth', in Journal of Australian Studies, 84, 2005, pp 35-42.

Anthony Moran, 'White Australia, Settler Nationalism and Aboriginal Assimilation', in Australian Journal of Politics and History, 51 (2), 2005, pp 168-193.

Jennifer Rennie, Karen Sinclair and Diane Szarkowicz, Pathways to Expertise, Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin, 2004, ISBN 1 876248 86 6 (a collection of stories of Northern Territory teachers).

Julie T Wells, Mickey Dewar and Suzanne Parry (eds) (Society members), Modern Frontier: Aspects of the 1950s in Australia's Northern Territory, Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin, 2005, ISBN 0-9757614-2-0 (includes chapters by Society members Julie T Wells, Suzanne Parry, Mickey Dewar, David Carment and Kathy De La Rue).


 

NEWSLETTER June 2005

NEXT LECTURE

The next lecture in the Society's cultural diversity series takes place from 8.00 AM on Wednesday 29 June 2005 in room 22.99 (Business Building), Casuarina Campus, Charles Darwin University.

Eugene Scaturchio, a prominent member of the Darwin Italian community, discusses aspects of the history of Italians in the Northern Territory. Refreshments will, as usual, be served and a gold coin donation is requested for these.

EXCURSION

On Sunday 12 June 2005 Dr Trish Bourke, an archaeologist in the School of Australian Indigenous Knowledge Systems at Charles Darwin University, will conduct a guided tour of the fascinating Aboriginal shell middens at Shoal Bay, on which she is an expert.

Participants meet at 9.00AM at the Howard River Bridge near Howard Springs. They should bring with them food and liquid refreshments for a picnic lunch.

Trish will need transport so anyone who can provide this is asked to contact her on 89466479 (office) or Patricia.Bourke@cdu.edu.au.

Please let the Society know the name/names of participants and the contact telephone number and/or email address if you intend to participate in the excursion by sending to its postal address or email David.Carment@cdu.edu.au by 6 June 2005.

HERITAGE LEGISLATION

The Society is pleased that the Northern Territory Government has now considered the review of existing Northern Territory heritage legislation and has agreed to draft new heritage legislation substantially in accordance with the Heritage Advisory Council’s recommendations.

The legislation is to provide for a new Heritage Council with expanded membership and decision making powers in respect of heritage listing, expanded appeal provisions, interim protection for sites once they are nominated, stricter timelines for decision making, increased penalties for destroying and damaging listed heritage places and two new types of heritage protection.

FIELD TRIP

Members are reminded of the field trip to the Roper River/Gulf region between 22 and 24 July 2005, full details of which were provided in the April and May newslettesr. Additional copies of the information sheet can be obtained from the Society at its postal address or David.Carment@cdu.edu.au.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS ON NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY

David Carment (Society member), 'Clare Martin: the "discreet revolutionist"', in John Wanna and Paul Williams (editors), Yes, Premier: Labor Leadership in Australia's States and Territories, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 2005, ISBN 0868408409, pp 145-168.

Darren Jorgensen, 'Martian Utopias, Land Rights and Indigenous Desert Painting', in ACH (Australian Cultural History), no 23, 2004, pp 105-120.

ALAN POWELL, VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY: A BRIEF AUTOBIOGRAPHY

I was brought up on sheep farm near Rotorua, New Zealand. (I still can’t stand mutton.) Otherwise it was a great place for a kid; learnt to ride a horse, (swapped for a motorcycle as soon as I was old enough), handle a rifle, (useful when the NZ Army collared me later), and roam the bush (the start of a lifelong passion). I also picked up an education at Rotorua High School, but wouldn’t go to university when my father offered to finance me, a bad mistake, since I had to pay for tertiary education myself many years later!

All I wanted to do was to race motorcycles, which I did while holding a marvellous variety of jobs over ten years roaming around Australia and NZ; farmhand, engineering draftsman, survey cadet, mill hand, building inspector, garbage contractor (and thought I was on the way to becoming the garbage king of the Waikato, until I heard that the local Council was planning to combine the garbage and mobile dunny collections, whereupon I realised that there were some things I wouldn’t do for money and sold out to the nightsoil contractor,) sergeant (compulsory) in the NZ Army, logging truck driver, are some I remember.

The latter job was boring enough to push me into doing a mature-age teaching course at Auckland Teachers’ College, thus breaking my vow, made when I left High School, that I would never, never, enter another educational institution.

I taught for a year in Auckland, decided primary teaching wasn’t for me (in spite of the undeniable attractions of teaching in a school where the staff consisted of an ancient Headmaster, myself and six single young women), and went off to Sydney.

There I worked as a labourer for the Water Board, a rigger on a building site and a bread carter for Buttercup Bakeries, before enrolling for an external BA course at the University of New England.

I bought a milk bar at Harbord beach, figuring that it would keep me in cash and give me time in the slack winter months to study. Another mistake: The shop hours merely dropped from sixteen per day in the summer to twelve in the winter.

I lasted three years in the shop, gaining two thirds of a BA degree; enough to get me a job teaching History and Geography at Scots College, Vaucluse and to give me free board and lodgings as an assistant housemaster. There I stayed for three years, finishing my degree and enjoying the very social life of UNE’s residential schools. I then gained an Honours scholarship to UNE, left Scots and spent a year living in a residential college at the university while I did honours under supervision of Russel Ward. Being too broke to continue, I then got a teaching post at Trinity Grammar School, in Sydney, staying one year before taking up a PhD scholarship under Professor Allan Martin at LaTrobe University.

I really enjoyed Melbourne, and LaTrobe, and had no desire to leave, but at the end of two years there, I had completed the first draft of my PhD thesis and thought I should start looking for a better job than the part-time tutoring I was then doing.

Lo and behold, I saw an advertisement for staff for a new Community College about to begin in Darwin. I knew nothing about Community Colleges and Darwin would have been about my last residential choice within Australia, but I thought, "well, if I get the job, I’ll get a year or two’s lecturing experience and come back to Melbourne" Old story! I’m still here thirty years later. I’ve found good friends, a great research field, a relaxed (slack?) lifestyle and have been lucky enough to be the foundation Dean of Arts at the University College of the NT and at NT University, Professor of History and the first Emeritus Professor of NTU/CDU.

A thought for believers in Fate: I drove south for holidays just before Cyclone Tracy, throwing my PhD thesis into the car for binding, before examination, in Sydney, rather than leave it to be done in Darwin on my return. When I returned ten days after Tracy, all my books and papers were a pile of pulp on the floor of my roofless flat.


 

NEWSLETTER May 2005

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NEXT LECTURE

On Wednesday 25 May from 8.00 PM in the theatre, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Helen Haritos speaks on aspects of the history of the Haritos family, prominent in the Northern Territory’s Greek community. The lecture is part of the Historical Society’s 2004 series on cultural diversity in the Territory. Refreshments will, as usual, follow the lecture.  A gold coin donation is requested for refreshments.

SOCIETY COUNCIL FOR 2005

The following were elected at the Annual General Meeting:

  • President: Dr Brian Reid
  • Vice-President: Emeritus Professor Alan Powell
  • Secretary: Professor David Carment
  • Treasurer: Ms Judy Boland
  • Minutes Secretary: Ms Janie Mason
  • Council: Ms Rita Cluley, Ms Ley Dhalluin, Ms Yvonne Forrest, Ms Kay Goon, Dr David Mearns, Dr Bev Phelts.

Ley and Rita are welcomed as new Council members.

CONGRAULATIONS

Warm congratulations go to three Historical Society members, Brian Martin, Janie Mason and Bev Phelts. Brian, a former Chief Justice of the Northern Territory, has been appointed to the new Northern Territory Statehood Steering Committee.  Janie was among five prominent Territorians named in the annual Tribute to Northern Territory Women Awards, being honoured for her contributions to nursing, education and the union movement in the Territory. Bev is being awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in History from Charles Darwin

University at the May 2005 graduation ceremony for her thesis on ‘Water and the Economic Development of the Northern Territory 1824-2002’.

BIOGRAPHY OF HISTORICAL SOCIETY COUNCIL MEMBER: KAY GOON

Kay has lived in the Northern Territory for just over 21 years. Her home town is Ballarat, Victoria, hence her interest in history.

She is an accountant by profession but finds historical research much more inspiring and fulfilling than battling with the Tax Office.

Kay has served on the committee of the Darwin Branch (now the Larrakeyah Branch) of the National Trust, was a Councillor with the National Trust in the Territory for two years, also serving as its Treasurer and has been a Councillor with the Historical Society for four years. Kay’s current historical project is researching the history of the tea ladies who operated the Adelaide River Railway Station Refreshment Rooms. This project is being undertaken for the Friends of the Adelaide River Railway Station, of which she is a member.

NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY GRANTS

The Northern Territory Government’s History Grants program is for research on Northern Territory history.

The deadline for applications is 6 May 2005.

For further information and application forms, please contact: The Executive Officer, NT History Grants Committee, c/- NT Archives Service, GPO Box 874, Darwin NT 0801, telephone 08-89247677, fax 08-89247660, email nt.archives@nt.gov.au.

CHIEF MINISTER’S NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY BOOK AWARD

The Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award is for the best book on Northern Territory history published in 2004 and offered for general sale.

The closing date for entries is 30 June 2005.

For further information and the application form please contact the Northern Territory Library on 08-89997177 or 1800019155 or go to the Northern Territory Literary Awards link at www.ntl.nt.gov.au

NORTHERN TERRITORY HERITAGE LEGISLATION

The Historical Society Council has written to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage expressing its concern about apparent delays in the Northern Territory Government’s undertaking to introduce new heritage legislation.

Due to deficiencies in the current Heritage Conservation Act, important heritage places have recently been destroyed or are under threat.

It is understood that Cabinet has now approved the main principles of much improved new legislation and it is hoped that it can be introduced to the Legislative Assembly as soon as possible.

NATIONAL TRUST CULTURAL HERITAGE ICONS

The National Trust in the Northern Territory is seeking nominations for icons in three areas – objects, events and concepts. The result will be a list of things that represent quintessential facets of the Territory’s cultural identity. The closing date is 20 May 2005.

For further information and application forms contact the National Trust, GPO Box 3520, Darwin NT 0801, phone 08 89812848.

PRAISE FOR NEW BOOK

Society member Kathy De La Rue’s recent book The Evolution of Darwin, 1869-1911 (Charles Darwin University Press, 2004) is described in a recent Australian Historical Studies review (no 125, April 2005, p 184) as ‘well-researched and fluently written…The book is generously and aptly illustrated, which assists the author’s aim to recreate life in nineteenth century Darwin’.


 

NEWSLETTER April 2005

NEXT LECTURE

The next lecture in the Society’s cultural diversity series takes place from 7.30PM on Wednesday 27 April 2005 at the Chung Wah Hall (very close to the Chinese Temple) in Woods Street, Darwin. Daryl Chin, who has done much to promote Darwin’s Chinese history, will talk about aspects of that history and show people around the excellent museum. Refreshments will, as usual, be served.

NEW HONORARY LIFE MEMBER: WILLI PEDERSEN

The Society Council is delighted that Willi Pedersen, who has made a much valued contribution to the Society’s work over many years, has accepted the invitation to become an Honorary Life Member, the highest honour that the Society can bestow. An appropriate presentation ceremony is to be organised later in the year.

RECENT DEATHS: ARCH GRANT AND MURIEL SPILLETT

The Society was saddened to learn of the Reverend Arch Grant’s passing at the age of 94. A longstanding member, Arch published some important works on Northern Territory religious history. He also contributed much to the Territory during the periods in which he was based in Darwin, Adelaide River, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. A full obituary appears in the next issue of the Journal of Northern Territory History.

Muriel Spillett was the widow of Peter Spillett, a founder and former President of the Society, who, as advised in the February newsletter, died late last year. The Society Council extends its sincere sympathy to Arch and Muriel’s families.

BIOGRAPHY OF SOCIETY COUNCIL MEMBER: DAVID CARMENT

David is Professor of History at Charles Darwin University and the Society’s Honorary Secretary, a position he has held for some years. He is also a former President of the Society and an Honorary Life Member. Born in Sydney in 1949 and educated at Sydney Church of England Grammar School, the University of New South Wales and the Australian National University, he held various academic positions before moving to Darwin in 1981 as Director of the National Trust in the Northern Territory. He was

appointed to an academic job at the then Darwin Community College two years later. Since then he has taught Australian, north Australian and modern European history and edited and written numerous publications on Northern Territory history and politics.

Active in many professional and community organisations, he is the Immediate Past President of the Australian Historical Association. He also is a Member of the Order of Australia, a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, a Fellow of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies and an Honorary Life Member of the National Trust.

His recreational interests include tennis, walking, travel, genealogy, current affairs and reading.

FIELD TRIP IN JULY 2005

The Society’s field trip over the Darwin Show Day long weekend between 22 and 24 July takes participants to Port Roper and parts of the Limmen Bight National Park, following sections of the Coast Track that was used by overlanders during the nineteenth century. The first night will be spent at the mouth of the Roper River and the second night near Cape Crawford. Participants need to travel in four-wheel drive vehicles and to take all they require for camping in places with no facilities. Further information and a response form will appear in the next newsletter.

RECENT PUBLICATION ON NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY

Patricia Bourke, Sally Brockwell and Clayton Fredericksen (eds), Darwin Archaeology: Aboriginal, Asian and European Heritage, Charles Darwin University Press, 2005, ISBN 187624898X

MAISIE AUSTIN’S BOOK

Following her most interesting lecture in February, Maisie generously donated some copies of her book The Quality of Life to the Society. These can be purchased at $10 each from the Society at its postal address.


 

NEWSLETTER MARCH 2005

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

BIOGRAPHY OF HISTORICAL SOCIETY COUNCIL MEMBER YVONNE FORREST

The Annual General Meeting is from 7.30 PM on Wednesday 30 March 2005 in the Yum Cha Restaurant, Cavenagh Street, Darwin. It is followed by a Chinese banquet. The cost is $32 per person.

The President of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies, Dr Helen Henderson, is to attend the meeting and present Professor David Carment with his certificate as a Fellow of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies.

Members wishing to nominate themselves for a position on the Council; President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Minutes Secretary or Councillor, can do so in writing to the Society’s postal address or at the meeting.

If you are attending the meeting, please send your payment by 24 March 2005. Cheques and money orders made out to the Historical Society of the Northern Territory, can be posted to: PO Box 40544, Casuarina NT 0811

NEW CONSTITUTION

As a result of the introduction of the new Associations Act in the Northern Territory, incorporated organisations are required to review their constitutions and change them, where necessary, to comply with the requirements of the new legislation, the Historical Society constitution has been revised so that it is based on the model constitution provided under the Act and also includes items that are unique to the Society.

The new constitution will be tabled at the Annual General Meeting for approval. A PDF copy is available here for download.

The Society Council thanks Kay Goon for her invaluable assistance with the constitution. 

2005 PROGRAM AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

The 2005 program is taking shape and should be finalised over the next month. It includes lectures on the theme of the Northern Territory’s cultural diversity, a one-day trip, a three to four day field trip to the new Limmen National Park over the Darwin Show Day long weekend, the Patron’s Dinner and the Christmas brunch. Books in the pipeline include a history of Southport. The 2005 Journal of Northern Territory History contains some fascinating articles and reviews.

FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

The Historical Society of the Northern Territory’s delegates to the Federation are Yvonne Forrest and Bev Phelts. Bev also serves as the Federation’s Treasurer. The Federation web site is http://www.history.org.au.

Recent activities involving the Federation’s Executive and Committee include the following:

  • Professor David Carment’s appointment as a Fellow of the Federation;
  • the National Archives of Australia’s agreement to receive the Federation’s archived records;
  • the History Council of South Australia becoming a full member of the Federation;
  • the completion of final modifications to the Federation’s new logo;
  • Federation representation on the Regional Cultural Alliance;
  • drafting a new brochure to promote the Federation;
  • forging links with state history councils;
  • the commencement of the development of a national impact strategy for the Federation relating to providing useful information to historical societies;
  • agreement to produce a guide for historical societies on the use of history and heritage in the development of local tourism.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Historical Society of the Northern Territory at its postal address or one of its Federation delegates at Yvonne.Forrest@nt.gov.au or Bev.Phelts@nt.gov.au if you wish to comment on any of these matters or require further information.

Yvonne first visited Darwin during the 1960s. She and her family arrived from Queensland to live there on a very wet 1 April 1978 so that her then husband could take up appointment as foundation Director of the National Trust of Australia (Northern Territory).

In 1980 Yvonne started specialist library services and developed libraries at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Ranger Uranium mine office, the Northern Land Council and the Aboriginal Sacred Sites Authority (now the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority), where she still works on a part-time basis.

Widely involved in community organisations, she started the University of the Third Age (U3A) in Darwin and the Friends of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra. She served on the Board of the Arts Council of the Northern Territory between 1979 and 1987 and was its President from 1986 to 1988.

She was also Chairman of Arts Darwin during its short life, a member of the Territory North Theatre Course Advisory Committee, a Council member of the National Trust of Australia (Northern Territory) and on the Parents Committee of T S Darwin, the Naval Cadet Corps. In 2000 she arranged a tour of Darwin and in 2002 a tour of the Alice Springs region for U3A Prague. In 2004 she took this group to New Zealand for four weeks. Although her children now work in other states, they have strong connections with and commitments to the Northern Territory.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS ON NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY

Bill Bunbury, 'Cyclone Tracy: Voices on the Wind', in Tim Sherratt, Tom Griffiths and Libby Robin (Editors), A Change in the Weather: Climate and Culture in Australia, National Museum of Australia Press, Canberra, 2005, ISBN 1876944285

Mandy Martin, Libby Robin and Mike Smith, Strata: Deserts Past, Present and Future, An Environmental Art Project About a Significant Cultural Place, Mandy Martin, Mandurama, 2005, ISBN 0957748140

Peter Monteath (Editor), The Diary of Emily Caroline Creaghe Explorer, Corkwood Press, Adelaide, 2004, ISBN 1876247142

Dennis Puffett, With a Bit of Luck: Britain, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Poachers, Crocodiles, Sharks, Narrow Escapes, Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin, 2004, ISBN 1876248882 (copies available from Charles Darwin University Bookshop)

M A Smith, Peopling the Cleland Hills: Aboriginal History in Western Central Australia 1850-1980, Aboriginal History Incorporated, Canberra, 2005, ISBN 0958563780

Peter Veth, Mike Smith and Peter Hiscock (Editors), Desert Peoples: Archaeological Perspectives, Blackwell Publishing, Malden, 2005, ISBN 1405100915

David Walker, 'The Curse of the Tropics', in Tim Sherratt, Tom Griffiths and Libby Robin (Editors), A Change in the Weather: Climate and Culture in Australia, National Museum of Australia Press, Canberra, 2005, ISBN 1876944285

 

 


 

NEWSLETTER February 2005

NEXT LECTURE - Maisie Austin OAM

RECENT PUBLICATIONS ON NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY

The first of the Society's 2005 lecture series on the theme of the Northern Territory's cultural diversity is at:
8.00 PM on Wednesday 23 February 2005
in room 22.99, Business Building, Casuarina Campus, Charles Darwin University

(please note the venue: the Museum theatre is unavailable that night).

The speaker is Maisie Austin, OAM, a very well known and highly respected Territorian. She is also a Society member. She will discuss the fascinating multi-ethnic and multicultural history of her own family. Her focus is on the period from 1945 until the 1960s,the subject of her 1992 book The Quality of Life ... A Reflection of Life in Darwin During The Post-War Years. Refreshments will, as usual, follow the lecture.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting is from 7.30 PM on Wednesday 30 March 2004 in the Yum Cha Restaurant, Cavenagh Street, Darwin. It is followed by a Chinese banquet. The President of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies, Dr Helen Henderson, is to attend the meeting and present Professor David Carment with his certificate as a Fellow of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies. Further details about the meeting, including the cost of the banquet and a response form, will be in the March newsletter.

Members wishing to nominate themselves for a position on the Council - President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Minutes Secretary or Councillor - can do so in writing to the Society's postal address or at the meeting.

PETER SPILLETT

Peter Spillett, AM, FFAHS, FRGS, one of the Society's founders, its President for many years and an Honorary Life Member died while on a visit to Indonesia in December 2004 at the age of 78.

He made an outstanding contribution to the study and promotion of Northern Territory history and heritage through his numerous and highly regarded publications and his tireless honorary work for organisations such as the Historical Society, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and the National Trust (of which he was also the Northern Territory President).

He was primarily responsible for the building of a Macassan perahu replica, the Hati Marege , which he sailed with an Indonesian crew from eastern Indonesia to Darwin as the Historical Society's main contribution to the Australian bicentenary in 1988.

A regular participant in Society activities, he is already enormously missed. The Society extends its most sincere sympathy to his widow and family.

Bob Alford, 'Darwin Waterfront and WWII', in Territory in Trust, 21 (2), 2004, pp 7-9.

Anita Angel (Society member), 'Northern Exposure: Landscape, Memory and History in Australia's Northern Territory', in Antipodas, XV (V), 2003-2004, pp 197-222.

Peggy Brock, 'Skirmishes in Aboriginal History', in Aboriginal History, 28, 2004, pp 207-225.

David Carment (Society member), 'History, Identity and Politics. Australian Historical Association Presidential Address 2004', in History Australia, 2 (1), 2004, pp 17-01 - 17.10.

David Carment (Society member) (editor), Northern Encounters: New Directions in North Australian History, Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin, 2004, ISBN 1876248939.

Elizabeth Close, 'Conservation Work Audit House', in Territory in Trust, 21 (2), 2004, pp 10-11.

Peter Forrest, 'Cyclone Tracy and Darwin's Historic Heritage', in Territory in Trust, 21 (2), 2004, pp 3-6.

Marion Houldsworth, Red Dust Rising: The Story of Ray Fryer of Urapunga, Central Queensland University Press, Rockhampton, 2004, ISBN 187680525.

Timothy G Jones (Society member), 'Adam Johns: Prospector, Miner and Explorer of the Northern Territory', in Journal of Australasian Mining History, 2, 2004, pp 170-185.

Janet Leather and Eddie Webber (compilers), Borroloola: From Teams to Toyota's, Pandanus Publishing, Darwin, 2004, ISBN 1920795022.

Colin Macleod, A Strong Song: A Family Saga of the Pintupi People. A Fictional Narrative , Central Queensland University Press, Rockhampton, 2004, ISBN 1876780533.

Ann McGrath, 'Minoru Hokari 1971-2004', in Aboriginal History, 28, 2004, pp 235-238.

John Mulvaney, 'The Road to Burra: Memories of an Ancient Traveller', in Historic Environment, 18 (1), 2004, pp 9-13.

Amanda Nettelbeck, 'Writing and Remembering Frontier Conflict: The Rule of Law in 1880s Central Australia', in Aboriginal History, 28, 2004, pp 190-206.

Tony Roberts, Frontier Justice: A History of the Gulf Country to 1900, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 2005, ISBN 0702233617.

Deborah Bird Rose, Reports from a Wild Country: Ethics for Decolonisation, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 2004, ISBN 0868407984.

Bruce Strong (Society member), 'The Last Word: B.C.G. Burnett, A Heretical Viewpoint', in Territory in Trust, 21 (2), 2004, pp 14-15.

Bruce Strong (Society member), 'The Northern Territory Pastoral Leases Investigation Committee', in Territory in Trust, 21 (2), 2004, 12-13.

Keith Windschuttle, The White Australia Policy, Macleay Press, Sydney, 2004. ISBN 1876492112.