History Research Seminar Series 2015

History @ Newcastle

Research Seminar Series


Seminars are held in Cultural Collections @ Auchmuty Library (ground floor, through AIC), from 10am, and are followed by morning tea at 11am.

Semester One, 2015

Week 2 Helen English – University of Newcastle
Friday 6 March “Migrant musicians and their impact on the emerging cultural life of Newcastle and its townships, 1860-1880″
Week 4 Alan Ward Memorial Seminar
Friday 20 March Reflections on the work of the late Prof Alan Ward
Chaired by Prof Peter Hempenstall
Week 5
Friday 27 March The First World War: Local, Global and Imperial Perspectives
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 25–27 March
Week 7 Jan MacLeod – University of Newcastle
Friday 24 April “Within reach, beyond care: medical care during the Papuan (Kokoda) Campaign”
Week 9
Dr Matthew Lewis – University of Newcastle
Friday 8 May “Sectarianism and IRA violence on the Irish border: Armagh-Louth, 1920–22”
Week 11 Prof Paula Hamilton – University of Technology, Sydney
Friday 22 May TBA
Week 13 Dr Julie McIntyre – University of Newcastle
Friday 5 June “Feral Vineyards and Fashion Mistakes: The environmental and cultural drawbacks of wine fever”

For more information contact matthew.lewis@newcastle.edu.au or visit the History @ Newcastle Facebook page.

Riparian life

Julianne Tilse - Riparian Life
Julianne Tilse

Riparian Life: a visual navigation of the Hunter River Estuary

PhD Exhibition 4 – 20 March 2015
The University Gallery

This PhD exhibition addresses my quest to better understand the dynamic and changing landscape of the Hunter River Estuary in New South Wales, Australia.

Fresh perceptions of the river emerge with interdisciplinary research and practical encounters of being in and moving through this specific riparian landscape – experienced from within and upon the river in a rowing boat, across times and tides.

The exhibition offers a synchronisation of art, science and philosophy in works of art that echo a deeply felt connection to the river – a living enquiry – aiming to expand perceptiveness and enliven a more astute sensitivity for the Hunter River. A series of oil paintings on linen, drawings on paper and a photo-media archive suggest that creative outcomes often transcend empirical and objective realities to become windows into an unknown liminal landscape.

- Julianne Tilse, 2015

Please join the artist for the opening by Dr. Bernie Curran at the University Gallery:
Saturday 7 March at 2:00pm

Sociology and Anthropology Seminar Series

Sociology and Anthropology Seminar SeriesSemester 1, 2015

All seminars are held in The Cultural Collections reading room on Level 2 of the Auchmuty Library, Callaghan.

Thursday 12th March (4:00)

A pilot study of the experience of modern academic working life: Productivity increase or unsustainable intensification of work?

Michael Bittman, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, University of New England

Thursday 2nd April (4:00)

Is there any such thing as Research Ethics? Towards a Professional Ethics of Social Scientific Researchers.

Nathan Emmerich, Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast.

Thursday 7th May (4:00)

New Orleans Voodoo: A Discursive and Semiotic Exploration of a House of Voodoo

Emma Quilty, School of Humanities & Social Science, University of Newcastle

Thursday 28th May (4:00)

Women, Weight, Social Class and Aging: Going Beyond a Metabolic Approach to Health

Melisa Audet, Research Centre on Aging, University of Sherbrooke, Canada

Thursday 4th June (4:00)

Uni Choosers and Refusers: ‘Choice’ as a Foucauldian Problematisation of Widening Participation Policy and Practice in Higher Education

Dr. Erica Southgate, School of Education, University of Newcastle.

All welcome!

Afternoon tea provided.
For further details please contact Dr David Farrugia (david.m.farrugia@newcastle.edu.au) or Emma Quilty (emma.quilty@newcastle.edu.au).

Maitland Flood Films 1949 and 1955 in Colour

In September 2014 thirteen (13) 16mm film reels were rescued from disposal by Peter Smith and donated to the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections (Auchmuty Library) in Australia.

The films depicted a variety of subjects including rare colour footage of the Maitland Floods of 1949 and 1955.

According to the National Film and Sound Archive’s australianscreen site the Maitland flood (of 1955) “was the first Australian natural disaster to be captured by newsreel and still photography and broadcast to national and international audiences. Images of the flooded main streets and particularly of the attempted unsuccessful helicopter rescue of a man from floodwaters profoundly shocked the nation. ”

The University of Newcastle Libraries sponsored the ongoing preservation and digitisation of these important and historically significant 16mm films relating to Maitland and the Hunter Region.

In November 2014 twelve of the thirteen were successfuly digitised to digital film preservation formats.

The relevant segments of the films relating to the Maitland Floods have now been re-edited into one sequence presented here.

Gionni Di Gravio
University Archivist

The other side of No Man’s Land

BOOK LAUNCH – an open invitation

You are cordially invited to the launch of

John Ramsland’s
Arthur Wheen World War I Hero

Book cover

To the Battles of Fromelles, Bullecourt, Polygon Wood, Villers-Bretonneux and Péronne on the Western Front with the 54th Battalion, Fifth Division AIF

The Australian who translated the 1929 bestseller, All Quiet on the Western Front into English.

‘The Morning Star is quenched with blood. In these hideous days Slaughter took toll in bodies, minds and souls.’

Arthur Wesley Wheen MM & 2 Bars, 1919




5.30-7.00pm Thursday, 5 February 2015


57 WATT ST, NEWCASTLE (between King and Church Streets)

Light refreshments provided and the Bar will be open


mark@ramsland.com.au or

4929 7979 (Ramsland Laidler Solicitors) or


Nora Moelle (PhD) – Breaking Symmetry: the structure and dynamics of form in ceramics

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Breaking Symmetry: the structure and dynamics of form in ceramics

In the vessel form, the practice of ceramics is inextricably tied to concepts of symmetry, which is crucial in terms of structure and dynamics. Inspired by an archaeological find of Stone Age pottery near my hometown of Trento, Italy, I was motivated to explore ways to ‘break’ symmetry and thus create new ceramic vessel forms.
My PhD research has reviewed how perceptions of symmetry—historically synonymous with beauty, harmony, rhythm and balance—have shifted over time towards revolutionary changes in aesthetic perception. The Antique meaning of harmony of proportion as well as the modern conceptualisation of symmetry, inclusive of elements of non-Euclidean geometry, have informed my investigations and my own ceramic work.
– Nora Moelle, 2014

Start date: Wednesday January 21st 2015

End Date: Saturday 7th February 2015

Opening: Saturday 24th January 2015 at 2pm

Exhibition dates: 21 January2015 to 7th February 2015
Gallery hours: Wednesdays to Fridays 10am–5pm, Saturdays 12noon–4pm, or by appointment.

Rae Richards: Past Imperfect – Future Conditional

Rae Richards

Past Imperfect – Future Conditional

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Rae Richards has been making art since she arrived in Newcastle in 1957.

She has exhibited in the Wynne Prize and the Sir John Sulman Prize and in the Qantas Gallery in London, but most regularly in Newcastle, where she was a member of the celebrated Low Show group of painters that brought modernism to the city in the early 1960s.

She held regular exhibitions at the von Bertouch Galleries of both paintings and the appliquéd fabric banners which reached a high point in the comprehensive decorative scheme for Christ Church Cathedral, as well as many other public commissions.

In paintings, textile works and decorated ceramics for over fifty years, the common theme has been life enhancement, a personal celebration undiluted by trends or fashions.

This exhibition contains work from throughout a long career; major banners for public buildings, paintings from public and private collections, including the University of Newcastle, and the series of still life studies which have continued to command the attention of this committed artist up to the present day.

Curated by Jill Stowell and Gillean Shaw.

Start Date: Wednesday 26th November 2014

End Date: Saturday 13 December 2014

Opening: Saturday 29th November 2014, 3-5pm

Exhibition dates: 26 November to 13 December 2014
Gallery hours: Wednesdays to Fridays 10am–5pm, Saturdays 12noon–4pm, or by appointment.