Bimblebox

Bimblebox

BIMBLEBOX : art – science – nature

EXHIBITION 4 MAY – 11 JUNE 2016

A touring exhibition about the Bimblebox Nature Refuge in Central Queensland.

Please join the exhibition curator, Beth Jackson, for the launch at the University Gallery:
Friday 6 May from 5pm

SPECIAL GALLERY EVENT:

Curator Talk with Beth Jackson at the University Gallery:
Saturday 7 May at 12:30pm

Donation Honours Memory of Griffith Duncan

I Look Ahead - Towards A Better World (University of Newcastle and Newcastle Teachers' College, later Newcastle College of Advanced Education Mottos)

I Look Ahead – Towards A Better World (University of Newcastle and Newcastle Teachers’ College, later Newcastle College of Advanced Education Mottos)

A small ceremony held in the University’s Auchmuty Library to mark the donation of a book to Cultural Collections has conjured memories of the legacy of one of the Hunter Region’s educational giants.

Griffith Duncan

The book was a presentation copy of the Poems and Plays of Oliver Goldsmith (1930) awarded as the Charles Oliver Prize to a 16 year-old Griffith Duncan, “for Magazine Articles”  by the Headmaster of Maitland High School (Mr Charles H. Chrismas) on the 16th December 1930.

The poems and plays of Oliver Goldsmith (1930)

The poems and plays of Oliver Goldsmith (1930)

The poems and plays of Oliver Goldsmith (1930)

The poems and plays of Oliver Goldsmith (1930)

Charles Oliver Prize plate within The poems and plays of Oliver Goldsmith (1930)

Charles Oliver Prize plate within The poems and plays of Oliver Goldsmith (1930)

This young man would go on to become foundation Principal of the Newcastle Teachers’ College, later incorporated as the Newcastle College of Advanced Education and Hunter Institute of Higher Education before it amalgamated with the University of Newcastle 1989. The book was donated by Mrs Pat Wilson, who along with her daughter Amanda, and friends Emeritus Professor John Hamilton and wife Alison handed the book over to Special Collections Librarian Lyn Keily and Mark Sutherland Associate Librarian (Research and Information Services).

Mrs Pat Wilson (in red) with daughter Amanda, presenting the book to Lyn Keily and Mark Sutherland (centre). Photo: Gregg Heathcote

Mrs Pat Wilson (in red) with daughter Amanda, presenting the book to Lyn Keily and Mark Sutherland (centre). Photo: Gregg Heathcote

The book had been passed on to Mrs Wilson by Griffith Duncan’s aunt, Annie Robson, now deceased. Mrs Wilson discussed the possibility to donate the book to the University’s Collections with her friends Emeritus Professor John Hamilton and wife Alison, which was accepted.

(l-r) Emeritus Professor John Hamilton, Alison Hamilton, Pat Wilson with daughter Amanda, Lyn Keily, Gionni Di Gravio)

(l-r) Emeritus Professor John Hamilton, Alison Hamilton, Pat Wilson with daughter Amanda, Lyn Keily, Gionni Di Gravio) Photo: Gregg Heathcote

As part of the occassion, a display of Newcastle Teachers’ College photo albums, as well as a recording of Huldha Turner speaking about the College days was played over a slide show of images of the 1949 Pioneer Session. This helped bring back memories of Griffith Duncan and his ongoing legacy and leadership in education to the Hunter Region and beyond.

Griffith Duncan Presentation and Slide Show of 1949 Pioneer Session Photographs

Griffith Duncan Presentation and Slide Show of 1949 Pioneer Session Photographs. Photo: Gregg Heathcote

 

The lasting impression he left on his students and staff has shaped their lives and the lives of all that followed. Huldah Turner summed it up in her parting address to Dr Douglas Huxley on the 4th March 1992:

 

“When I left the college in early 1967, we were still dreaming of our “permanent campus” and wondering if it was, after all, an unattainable pipe dream. However, in spite of our primitive campus those who knew the Union Street Experience claimed that it had camaraderie and a warm fierce loyalty unique in similar institutions. It had to be experienced to be understood.

This spirit was initiated and engendered by its Foundation Principal, Grif Duncan, a man of massive intellect, wide ranging cultural interests and infinite compassion.

He put students and staff before self and all who worked with him came to know his stature; unfaltering integrity, dedication to his college and profound understanding.

He loved his college. He was fiercely proud of it and he fought all the way for his better world.

The college motto of course was his:

“AD MELIOREM MUNDUM”
Towards a Better World

 

We thank Mrs Pat Wilson and family, as well as Emeritus Professor John Hamilton and wife Alison, for enabling this donation to the University of Newcastle. It has provided a humble reminder of what we are all here to achieve. In these times when the University of Newcastle is seeking to find its distinctive path in a new and challenging global environment, we cannot think of a better and more simple goal for the University, combining its motto with that of  Griff Duncan’s Newcastle Teachers’ College, igniting the powerful Promethian myth that knowledge and education can break the bonds of an enslaved mind, and ignite an eternal flame of ongoing freedom and progress for the good:

“I Look Ahead Towards A Better World”

Gionni Di Gravio
University Archivist
12 August 2015

History Research Seminar Series Semester 2, 2015

History @ Newcastle

Research Seminar Series

ALL WELCOME!!

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

Semester Two, 2015

Week 3
Friday 14 Aug.
Ken Thornton – UoN
“The ‘Poles and Wires’ do not care who owns them. Should we? The rise of centralised coordination of electricity generation and transmission in New South Wales 1888-2003.”
Week 5
Friday 28 Aug.
Julie McIntyre – UoN
“Australia’s Atlantic: Trans-imperial encounters, exchange and entanglement”
Week 7
Friday 11 Sept.
TBC
Week 9
Friday 9 Oct.
Chris Cuneen – Macquarie
“The ADB 50 Years On: updating Dangar, Dumaresq and co”
Week 11
Friday 23 Oct.
Jo May – UoN
“Headmistresses, Archives and Audit Selves: reflections on the first two female principals of Maitland Girls High School 1884-1887”
Week 13
Friday 6 Nov.
Michael Kilmister – UoN
‘Treading on Anzac’s Sacred Ground: Fight or Flight?’*

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


*This paper is co-authored by Dr James Bennett and Dr Jennifer Debenham.

The Carrington Albums Visit Newcastle

Item 14 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Residents of Maitland (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

Item 14 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Residents of Maitland (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

FREE EVENT

VIEWING OF THE CARRINGTON ALBUMS
& PRESENTATION BY DR ANNE LLEWELLYN ON NATURAL HISTORY ILLUSTRATION

WHEN: WEDNESDAY 3RD JUNE 2015
WHERE: CULTURAL COLLECTIONS, LEVEL 2 AUCHMUTY LIBRARY UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE
TIME: 10AM – 12PM
RSVP: archives@newcastle.edu.au or 49215354

View images of the event
View Gregg Heathcote’s photographs:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/sets/72157654562885563

View: Michelle Watson’s Photographs here:
https://picasaweb.google.com/116731994060858524050/CarringtonAlbums3June2015

We are delighted to announce that three of the Carrington Albums containing examples of exquisitely beautiful illuminated addresses produced across Newcastle, Maitland and the wider Hunter Region in the 1880s will be visiting the Newcastle regional repositories of NSW State Records at the University of Newcastle’s Auchmuty Library on the 3rd June 2015 and Newcastle Regional Public Library on the 4th June 2015.

The Carrington Albums were a series of 22 bound volumes of illuminated addresses, containing finely detailed illuminated borders, hand painted illustrations and well-wishing messages from residents, towns and associations across the State in honour of Lord Carrington, who served as Governor from 1885 to 1890.

The beauty of the addresses wonderfully illustrate the respect and love that the people of New South Wales had for Lord Carrington and his wife. The feeling was mutual, and manifested locally. For instance, such was Lady Carrington’s depth of feeling for families, that Lord Carrington made an unsheduled visit to Merewether in Newcastle to help boost the fund raising efforts for the women and children of the men killed in the Hamilton Pit disaster on 22 June 1889.

Funeral of Glebe Pit men, St Augustine's, Merewether, [3 July 1889] (Courtesy of University of Newcastle, Cultural Collections) https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/3342977526

Funeral of Glebe Pit men, St Augustine’s, Merewether, [3 July 1889]
(Courtesy of University of Newcastle, Cultural Collections) https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/3342977526

The Carrington Volumes accompanied Lord Carrington back to England in 1890, where they remained in Buckinghamshire until they were donated a three years ago to NSW State Records by Lord Carrington’s descendents and the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies. State Records NSW have been touring these treasures to regional centres and taking those albums containing relevant illuminated addresses back to their place of origin.

It’s now our Hunter Region’s turn, and we have been asked to host a morning event, to allow the wider University and Hunter Regional communities to view these items for the first time in over 125 years. Director of State Records NSW, Geoff Hinchcliffe as well as representatives from State Records NSW will be in attendence.

Three of the volumes will be on display at the University of Newcastle, and a free event will be held in the Friends Reading Room in Cultural Collections, Level 2 Auchmuty Library. Guest speaker will be Dr Anne Llewellyn, Head of School of Design, Communication and IT, who will be speaking on the significance of the volumes with regards to natural history illustration. The University’s Natural Illustration Course is the only course of its kind in an Australian University, and one of a handful worldwide, that brings the talents of artists and scientists together.

All welcome. Please RSVP to archives@newcastle.edu.au or 49215354

Background: http://gallery.records.nsw.gov.au/index.php/galleries/carrington-albums-illuminated-addresses/

Links to sample images from Volume 2:

Cover - Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No.2, containing Colonial views, flowers, birds and insects (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

Cover – Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No.2, containing Colonial views, flowers, birds and insects (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

00 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No.2, containing Colonial views, flowers, birds and insects [Cover]
http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/Entity.aspx?Path=\Image\21027&format=print

Spine - Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No.2, containing Colonial views, flowers, birds and insects (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

Spine – Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No.2, containing Colonial views, flowers, birds and insects (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

00 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No.2, [spine]
http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/Entity.aspx?Path=\Image\21028&format=print

Item 09 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Inhabitants of Newcastle and Towns of Surrounding District (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

Item 09 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Inhabitants of Newcastle and Towns of Surrounding District (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

09 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Inhabitants of Newcastle and Towns of Surrounding District
http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/Entity.aspx?Path=\Image\21040&format=print

Item 10 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Inhabitants of Newcastle and Towns of Surrounding District (Courtesy NSW State Records)

Item 10 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Inhabitants of Newcastle and Towns of Surrounding District (Courtesy NSW State Records)

10 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Inhabitants of Newcastle and Towns of Surrounding District
http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/Entity.aspx?Path=\Image\21041&format=print

Item 11 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the People of East Maitland, West Maitland, Morpeth and District (Courtesy of NSw State Records)

Item 11 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the People of East Maitland, West Maitland, Morpeth and District (Courtesy of NSw State Records)

11 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the People of East Maitland, West Maitland, Morpeth and District
http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/Entity.aspx?Path=\Image\21042&format=print

12 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the People of East Maitland, West Maitland, Morpeth and District (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

12 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the People of East Maitland, West Maitland, Morpeth and District (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

12 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the People of East Maitland, West Maitland, Morpeth and District
http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/Entity.aspx?Path=\Image\21043&format=print

13 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the People of East Maitland, West Maitland, Morpeth and District (Courtesy of NSw State Records)

13 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the People of East Maitland, West Maitland, Morpeth and District (Courtesy of NSw State Records)

13 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the People of East Maitland, West Maitland, Morpeth and District
http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/Entity.aspx?Path=\Image\21044&format=print

14 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Residents of Maitland (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

14 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Residents of Maitland (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

14 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Residents of Maitland
http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/Entity.aspx?Path=\Image\21045&format=print

15 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Residents of Maitland (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

15 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Residents of Maitland (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

15 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Residents of Maitland
http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/Entity.aspx?Path=\Image\21046&format=print

Rodoni Archive Now Online

Public Parade ‘Domain Artillery of the Front’, Sydney? c.1914

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the photographic glass and film negatives of Thomas James Rodoni (1882-1956) have now been digitised and are freely available in high resolution on our flickr site as The Rodoni Archive:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/sets/72157651638124931/

This amazing collection was donated in February 2014 by Thomas (‘TJ’) Rodoni’s son Bill to the Cultural Collections, UON-Library, with the assistance of family friends Chris and Frances Fussell.  Since Bill’s death in late 2014, other members of the family have stepped in and assisted in donating further negatives, and providing important papers to the University’s Archives. We thank Ian Rodoni and family for his help in the identification of family members and in providing family records to assist in the accessioning and description process. We also thank renown Hunter Valley military historian David Dial OAM for his help in describing the military related photographs documenting World War 1 patriotic recruitment drives across New South Wales, and military campaigns in German Papua New Guinea.

Special thanks has to go to our volunteers Natasha Schroder, and historians Ken Thornton and Dr Ann Hardy for their work on this project. Natasha scanned every glass negative, while Ken and Ann researched the historical background of each image, documenting as much as they could find on the dating, geo-tagging and synthesising information that is continuing to come in through our social media networks.

Dr Ann Hardy (Uni Historian) and Mark Sutherland (Associate Librarian Research and Information Services) (Photo: Naomi Stewart)

Dr Ann Hardy (Uni Historian) and Mark Sutherland (Associate Librarian Research and Information Services) (Photo: Naomi Stewart)

The initial upload of the negatives to our flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/ broke all our records with 119,000 hits in a single day. Since then, information continues to stream in from across the communities about the locations, buildings, streetscapes and people captured in the images.

Thanks to the wonderful team at the University Gallery led by Gillean Shaw, the exhibition Australia’s Forgotten ANZACS: Lost Images from Australia’s first conflict: the fall of German New Guinea curated by Gillean Shaw and Naomi Stewart was launched on the 27 March 2015 in the presence of Rodoni’s family and friends. Tess McLeod (nee Rodoni) travelled from Dorrigo to bring Thomas James Rodoni’s war medals to the Gallery so they could be exhibited with his photographs.

Naomi Stewart, one of the curators at the Exhibition launch 27 March 2015 (Photo: Chris Fussell)

Naomi Stewart, one of the curators, at the Exhibition launch 27 March 2015 (Photo: Chris Fussell)

Amir Mogadam (Uni Conservator) and Gionni Di Gravio (Uni Archivist) speaking at the Exhibition launch 27 March 2015 (Photo: Chris Fussell)

Amir Mogadam (Uni Conservator) and Gionni Di Gravio (Uni Archivist) speaking at the Exhibition launch 27 March 2015 (Photo: Chris Fussell)

Gillean Shaw (Curator) with -Tess McLeod (nee Rodoni) and husband Jim Mcleod (Photo: Naomi Stewart)

Gillean Shaw (Curator) with Tess McLeod (nee Rodoni) and husband Jim Mcleod (Photo: Naomi Stewart)

Tess McLeod (nee Rodoni) travelled all the way from Dorrigo to bring T.J. Rodoni's war medals could be part of the exhibition.

Tess McLeod (nee Rodoni) travelled all the way from Dorrigo so that her grand father T.J. Rodoni’s war medals could be part of the exhibition.

Ian Rodoni (right) grandson of T.J. Rodoni pictured with Deputy Vice-Chancellor Andrew Parfitt, Uni Librarian Greg Anderson and Ian's wife at left (Photo: Naomi Stewart)

Ian Rodoni (right), grandson of T.J. Rodoni pictured with Deputy Vice-Chancellor Andrew Parfitt, Uni Librarian Greg Anderson and Ian’s wife at left (Photo: Naomi Stewart)

One of Rodoni's cameras, donated by Ian Rodoni, grand son of Thomas James Rodoni. (Photo: Naomi Stewart)

One of T.J. Rodoni’s cameras, donated by Ian Rodoni, grand son of Thomas James Rodoni. (Photo: Naomi Stewart)

Thomas James Rodoni was born in 1882 at Hotham East, Victoria, to Swiss and Irish parents. While living in Sydney in August 1914 as a man of 31, Rodoni joined the first Australian Imperial Force that would engage in the Great War: the Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force.

T.J. Rodoni's Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force Discharge Papers 28th January 1915 (recto)

T.J. Rodoni’s Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force Discharge Papers 28th January 1915 (recto)

T.J. Rodoni's Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force Discharge Papers 28th January 1915 (verso)

T.J. Rodoni’s Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force Discharge Papers 28th January 1915 (verso)

A week after enlisting, Rodoni’s company embarked on the HMAS Berrima that left Sydney 19 September 1914 and sailed to German New Guinea among a fleet with orders to seize two wireless stations and to disable the German colonies there.

After the fall of German New Guinea, c.1914-1915

After the fall of German New Guinea, c.1914-1915

Rodoni’s unofficial photographs – many of them “candid” shots, captured in the moment – are a rare glimpse of this pivotal moment in Australia’s history. He has documented the energetic atmosphere of prewar Sydney and its surrounds, from civilian and military marches to battleships docked in Sydney Harbour, with accompanying crowds of people brought together for these special events. His camera voyaged with him on the expedition to the Pacific region, taking images both from the ship’s deck and then again on dry land after disembarking.

Letter to Rodoni from the close friend of a deceased soldier, Gilfillan, requesting a copy of a photograph of him (3rd September 1915)

Letter to Rodoni from Lillie Searle, close friend of a deceased soldier, Gilfillan, who died of typhoid fever on route from Alexandria to Gallipoli, requesting a copy of a rare photograph, 3rd September 1915.

Letter to Rodoni from the close friend of a deceased soldier, Gilfillan, requesting a copy of a photograph of him (3rd September 1915)

Letter to Rodoni from Lillie Searle, the close friend of a deceased soldier, Gilfillan, who died of typhoid fever on route from Alexandria to Gallipoli, requesting a copy of a rare photograph of him, 3rd September 1915.

Rodoni was stationed in New Guinea for five months with the AN&MEF after the successful capture of territory from the German forces. His striking images are testament to his ease with the camera, and the ease of his fellow servicemen around this avid amateur photographer. He used his camera to record daily events and significant moments in the expedition, and made several group portraits of the officers and soldiers in his company. Yet his images also suggest a genuine curiosity for the foreign people and places where he was stationed, and a love of the photographic medium in which he practiced during this early period of the war.

New Guinea Tribesmen circa 1914 - 1915

New Guinea Tribesmen circa 1914 – 1915

After leaving New Guinea with the AN&MEF and returning home to Australia in January 1915, Rodoni left the force to work in a Small Arms Factory manufacturing munitions for the war. He soon married and settled in Newcastle with his wife, Catherine Annie Wilson, and had four children: Thomas, Mary, Jim and William (Bill).

Group of slightly drunk looking men, three sitting on Tooth & Co., Limited Morpeth Beer Barrels

Group of slightly drunk looking men, three sitting on Tooth & Co., Limited Morpeth Beer Barrels

The wider collection of glass plate negatives – over 500 in total and with many views of Newcastle and its surrounds is an incredible legacy to Thomas Rodoni and his family.

Advertisement in Newcastle Sun 20 May 1919 (Trove)

Advertisement in Newcastle Sun 20 May 1919 (Trove)

Rodoni died in 1956 as a result of a car accident in Waratah, Newcastle.

The original negatives are held in Cultural Collections at the Auchmuty Library, University of Newcastle (Australia).

Gionni Di Gravio
University Archivist

Reflections on the Rodoni Archive
by Dr Ann Hardy

The Thomas Rodoni Collection was donated to the University of Newcastle in 2014 and interpreting the 500+ photographs has been interesting and overall a positive process.  We have needed to be resourceful in finding ways to research and deliver this significant collection to the wider community.

In this ANZAC centenary year, the Rodoni collection is celebrated 100 years on, in an exhibition at the University of Newcastle (25 March- 11 April 2015), curated by Gillean Shaw and Naomi Stewart.  The focus has been on the WWI photographs in the collection, however the collection is diverse tracing Thomas Rodoni’s life from Sydney to Lithgow, and then to Newcastle between the decades 1910 to 1930s. There are many photographs of industrial work spaces and machinery, later works show his wife Catherine Annie and their four children, as well as friends and acquaintances.

Researching the Rodoni collection has included collaborating with the wider community, consisting the Rodoni family and friends, volunteers of the university, academic and military historians.  This collaborative approach has been particularly effective because of the limited information that was available about the collection, and the relatively short time to research and make the collection available to the public by April 2015.

This community research project was led by University Archivist Gionni Di Gravio. One of the first priorities was to conserve and safeguard the collection, this was done by Conservator Amir Mogadom who worked on the glass and film negatives to carefully preserve them and make ready to be digitally scanned. Natasha Schroder scanned the entire collection over a 3 month period, and Historian Ann Hardy researched photographs in consultation with family and colleagues. Historian Ken Thornton researched in more detail the history of the WWI New Guinea campaign, providing context to the photographs taken by Rodoni during the lead up to WWI war and his time in New Guinea. A ‘Slide show’ presentation of the collection was shared with family and friends and their responses recorded, similarly historians were also invited to a ‘slide show’ and their feedback regarding the WWI photographs were noted. Because of the high number of industrial related images we may run in the future a ‘slide show’ with industrial heritage groups to help to identify machinery and the location of workshops and factories.

A community approach has enabled research of the collection to occur fairly quickly. There are still many gaps in the ‘history’ of individual images, however the general context of the collection has been established well enough to be able to present the entire collection to the community via Flicker.

Community engagement will be ongoing. The local community approach already started will continue, and now that the collection is on Flicker further information provided by a global community will help to build new knowledge about this significant collection.

Ann Hardy
– 27 March 2015

Three men throwing a bottle in the air. c1910s

Three men throwing a bottle in the air. c1910s

Seminar reminders

A reminder that at 4pm this Thursday, 19 March, the first ‘Religion, Marxism & Secularism’ seminar this semester will that place in Cultural Collections. Alan Cadwallader from the Australian Catholic University will then be speaking about “Peasant plucking in [Gospel of] Mark: implications for ecological perceptions”.

Also in Cultural Collections, the following morning (ie at 10am, Friday 20 March) we have a special History seminar in memory of the late Professor Alan Ward and his work.

 

History Research Seminar Series 2015

History @ Newcastle

Research Seminar Series

ALL WELCOME!!

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
NO SEMINAR DUE TO CONFERENCE
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.

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).
 

Arson in modern Ireland

History @ Newcastle

Seminar

Friday 29 August 2014,

Cultural Collections, Auchmuty Library 10 – 11am.
Followed by morning tea.

Arson in modern Ireland:
Fire and protest since 1800

Dr Gemma Clark, University of NSW

The act of willfully setting fire to property with the intent to cause damage is not only a serious crime. In Ireland, the UK and elsewhere, arson is also a historically recognized protest tool. My postdoctoral project examines the range of social, political and military activists who have, since 1800, utilized fire—and the threat of one’s property being burned—to enforce compliance with collective demands and communicate grievances. This paper presents my research so far, exploring the role played by arson in nineteenth-century rural unrest, and incendiarism as a feature of urban and sectarian conflict, particularly in Northern Ireland. I argue that the persistence of—typically non-lethal—arson as a protest tool, in Ireland, is explained by the distinctively Irish propensity to property damage, as well as the relative scarcity of brutality in modern Ireland, compared with mainland Europe and the USA.

Gemma Clark studied History at the Queen’s College, Oxford, completing her doctorate in 2011. In October 2012, she took up her current position as postdoctoral research fellow at the Global Irish Studies Centre, UNSW Australia. Her research concerns violence and protest in modern Ireland. Cambridge University Press recently published her first monograph, Everyday Violence in the Irish Civil War.

ALL WELCOME

Ruth Liou Lim’l’nal

Ruth Liou Lim'l'nal

RUTH LIOU

Lim’I’nal

PhD Exhibition

27 August to 6 September 2014

The University Gallery

Ruth Liou’s PhD (Fine Art) research has focused on the construction of identity and the sense of belonging from the perspective of a displaced person. Identifying the ‘becoming’ self in an ambivalent space, Liou explores how relocation affects the migrant’s sense of belongingness in a new country.

Migrants straddle boundaries of here and there, past and present, constantly ‘negotiating’, a new self and new life in the peripheral of the dominant site – a site of ‘neither here nor there’ – residing in the ‘between-ness’.

My research perspective is drawn from a personal migration experience; universally understood as a transnational condition of this postmodern world. The research project explores and conceptualises a personal justification on hybrid/cultural identity, the configuration and metaphysical belongingness in a liminal space – the psychological space (a site) of ‘neither here nor there’ is realised through sculptural installation.

Hybrid positions sit in the fissure of liminality, for those transnationals who are placed between two or more divided geographies, socio-graphics and cultural identities in this ‘in-between-ness’.

– Ruth Liou 2014


Please join the artist for the launch of the exhibition followed by a Conversation in Art by academic and artist Annemarie Murland, who will discuss migration and diaspora: Wednesday 27 AUGUST at 12 noon.