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Collaboration and Methods: Behind the Scenes in Researching the Long History of Drought Assistance in Australia

School of History - events - Thu, 2014-07-24 15:16
Date and time:  Wed, 06/08/2014 - 16:15 - 17:30 Venue:  McDonald Room, Menzies Library, Fellowes Road, ANU

Rebecca Jones, Karen Downing and Blake Singley will pull the curtain on their recent forays into an interesting mix of methods and sources that together, they hope, will add new dimensions to the long history of government drought assistance in Australia. We have begun to chart monetary assistance through financial records in official Year Books; visualise the language of legislation and newspaper commentary; and correlate these findings with firsthand accounts of drought in personal writings and oral history interviews.

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ANU PhD scholars to participate in global humanities collaboration

School of History - news - Thu, 2014-07-24 14:54

CASS PhD students Emily Soper and Annemarie McLaren have been chosen to participate in a new project aimed at increasing collaboration in the humanities.

The project, Integrating the Humanities across National Boundaries, funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, is designed to foster new forms of collaborative research and partnerships between universities that are part of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI). ANU participation has been led by the ANU Humanities Research Centre.

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Book Launch: 'A History of Canberra' by Nicholas Brown

School of History - events - Mon, 2014-07-21 15:42
Date and time:  Thu, 07/08/2014 - 17:45 - 20:00 Venue:  Paperchain Bookstore, Manuka

Please join us for the launch of A History of Canberra by Nicholas Brown.

The book will be launched by Geoff Page.

Thursday August 7
5.45 for 6.00pm

Telephone 6295 6723 or

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'A History of Canberra' by Nicholas Brown reviewed by SMH

School of History - news - Mon, 2014-07-21 10:56

'A History of Canberra' opens with an anecdote concerning 19-year-old James Brown, convicted of assault and theft in Edinburgh in 1834, being assigned as a convict labourer to the owner of Lanyon. James Brown graduated to being a ticket-of-leave man in 1839, and then freedom in 1842. Generations later his descendant – the author Nicholas Brown, known as Nick – graduated with an honours degree, and later doctorate, in history at ANU. From the ancestor who got nicked, to his descendent Dr Nick – it’s a very Australian, and very Canberran, story.

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Kim Doyle: Archipelagos of Peace: An Oral History of Australian Peacekeeping in Bougainville, East Timor and Solomon Islands 1997–2006

School of History - events - Fri, 2014-07-18 14:27
Date and time:  Wed, 23/07/2014 - 16:15 - 17:30 Venue:  McDonald Room, Menzies Library, Fellowes Road, ANU

Magna Carta and the Victorians

School of History - events - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:47
Date and time:  Wed, 18/06/2014 - 16:15 - 17:30 Venue:  McDonald Room, Menzies Library

In 2015 Magna Carta celebrates its 800th anniversary. It is a timely moment to look back and see how successive generations have utilised and understood the foundational document of British history.

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National Trust Heritage Awards

School of History - news - Mon, 2014-05-26 09:55

The School congratulates Professor Peter Read and team on winning the Research and Investigation section of the National Trust Heritage Awards this year for their work on the website

The National Trust Heritage Awards 'celebrate those people who are saving our past for the future. Not only do they showcase the work being saved for future generations to enjoy, they celebrate the often painstaking work that people undertake with impeccable attention to detail'.

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In a Big Country: Size and Canadian Identity

School of History - events - Mon, 2014-05-26 09:02
Date and time:  Wed, 28/05/2014 - 16:15 - 17:30 Venue:  McDonald Room, Menzies Library

Like Australia, Canada is known for being big. But whereas there are extensive literatures examining how Northernness, wilderness, and frontier have shaped Canadian national identity, surprisingly little has been written expressly on its size.

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Painting War: Memory making and Australia’s official war art scheme, 1916 – 1922

School of History - events - Fri, 2014-05-16 16:36
Date and time:  Wed, 21/05/2014 - 16:15 - 17:30 Venue:  McDonald Room, Menzies Library

The Australian War Memorial’s collection of official paintings has played an important role in articulating and perpetuating memories of the Great War for almost a century.

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Professor Darrell Tyron Scholarship Honour

School of History - news - Thu, 2014-05-15 15:14




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'Pain for many, but no sharp break with the past'

School of History - news - Wed, 2014-05-14 13:52
Dr Frank Bongiorno joins a panel of experts, convened by The Guardian, to give commentary on 2014 Budget

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