History Week 2016: Neighbours
3-11 September 2016 | #HistoryWeek16
The theme of neighbours is crucial to our understanding of the past’s impact on the present. It includes stories of individuals, families and communities living near one another and links between adjoining suburbs, regions and countries. As the success of the Australian television program Neighbours shows, the theme has long been a significant component of popular culture. It shaped imagination and memories, created identities and was a source of both conflict and friendship.
How important were class, the economy, gender, governments, the media, race, religion and sport in the formation of ideas regarding neighbours? How have attitudes regarding a nation’s geographic neighbours determined defence, foreign, immigration, refugee and trade policies? Did new types of communication and transport from the nineteenth century onwards radically alter how neighbours and neighbourhoods were perceived? In 2016 History Week focuses on these and other related questions.
Annual History Lecture
Neighbours – and heroes
When: 6pm-9pm, Wedesday 7 September 2016
Where: The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Tickets: $45 HCNSW members / $50 General admission (excl fees)
Contact: 02 9252 8715, email@example.com
How have Australians thought of themselves as ‘neighbours’ in the Asia-Pacific region? Professor Heather Goodall will look at how many Australians have had the courage to cross borders – taking risks to build relationships across old borders and new borders, cultural borders and ethnic borders. Find out more
Speaker Connect 2016
Everyone has at least one really good story
Join oral historian Benjamin Thorn at Grafton Library as he explores how the oral history of ordinary people can be an excellent historical tool.
Women radio broadcasters and their listeners
At Moruya, Dr Jeannine Baker will reveal the ways women listeners actively participated in radio broadcasting and shaped programme content and style.
From Canton to the colonies: Chinese women in 19th century New South Wales
In 1871 there were just 12 Chinese women in NSW. At Corrimal Library, Dr Kate Bagnall will explore four of these women and their lives around the colony.
Deathly Neighbours: the evolution of Sydney’s cemeteries
At Ashfield Library, City Historian Lisa Murray will explore the design of Sydney’s cemeteries and how friends and neighbours were treated in death.
Territorial Myths: The construction of legend and historical ownership in country town communities in the 20th century
At Tamworth Library, Dr Louise Prowse explores how country towns took ownership of folk myths and historical legends in order to form distinct identities.
More than just neighbours: Māori in NSW since 1793
At Addison Road Community Centre, Hohepa Ruhe will explore Māori history and heritage in NSW that spans 223 years, connecting past and present.
Macarthur and Harris, and the Kings who came between
In this History Week, Jo Henwood will explore historic neighbours John Macarthur, John Harris and Governor King at Katoomba Library and Cultural Centre.
Deathly Neighbours: the evolution of Sydney’s cemeteries
At Fairfield City Museum and Gallery, Lisa Murray will explore the design of Sydney’s cemeteries and how friends and neighbours were treated in death.
Finding the ‘Perfect Blend’ in an Undervalued Genre
At Margaret Martin Library, Dr Liz Giuffre and Dr Sarah Attfield will examine television soap opera Neighbours as a piece of Australian media history.
Australia’s Southern Empire: How Antarctica was made Australian
At Yamba Museum, Rohan Howitt traces the origins of the Australian Antarctic Territory and the fascination it inspired in the Australian community.
On the neighbour’s circuit: good and bad neighbours in the colonial Hunter Valley
At Singleton Library, Dr Mark Dunn will explore the politics of neighbourly visitation to homes of prominent settlers in the colonial Hunter Valley.
Community Sporting Histories
Inclusion, Exclusion and Authority
When: 6-7:30pm, 5 September 2016 (screening of documentary film, Scrum), 9:45am-4:30pm, 6 September 2016 (symposium)
Where: Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW
Cost: $29.59 (includes admission to film screening)
The History Council of NSW is proud to be collaborating with the Department of Modern History, Macquarie University on this symposium and film screening in celebration of History Week. Community Sporting Histories: Inclusion, Exclusion and Authority will draw together historians working on local, community and intimate histories of sport in Australia to ponder the tensions between the ideal of community, the politics of difference and the writing of history. Find out more
Australia’s Asia-Pacific Neighbours
Teachers Professional Development Day
When: Friday 9 September 2016, 9:30am-3:15pm
Where: Dixson Room, State Library of NSW
PLEASE NOTE: This event is BOSTES/ QTC endorsed.
The History Council of NSW and History Teachers’ Association of NSW is proud to present a professional development opportunity – ‘Australia’s Asia-Pacific Neighbours’. This professional development conference will give teachers the opportunity to hear keynote lectures from noted academics and historians on topics aimed specifically at the NSW History syllabus. Find out more
Join Sydney Living Museums for a special evening tour this History Week and experience historic Elizabeth Bay House as you’ve rarely seen it before.
At Sydney Living Museums’ Elizabeth Farm you can experience Australia’s oldest house in a whole new light on this evening tour during History Week.
Stanton Library’s Local History Librarian tours Milsons Point, Lavender Bay and their iconic neighbours: the Harbour Bridge, Olympic Pool and Luna Park.
Visit historic Sydney Hospital, the first building built on Macquarie Street, and explore the amazing collection at the Lucy Osburn/Nightengale Museum.
Come and explore the sites of old Engadine township in a two hour walking tour led by the Local Studies Librarian from Sutherland Shire Libraries.
At this Camden Museum hands-on event for pre-schoolers and their carers, participants can handle cooking and household implements from the past.
About History Week
To showcase history in an innovative and exciting format
To provide educational experiences that reach students and the general public and promote lifelong learning opportunities
To attract new audiences to history, demonstrating that history is exciting, important and all around us
To present audiences with rich and diverse history that is relevant to all aspects of our community