Past events

Joan Beaumont

2014 Professor Joan Beaumont: The Real War? Battles on the Australian home front 1914–19 »

Tue 23 Sep 2014
If you read only one book about Australia's experience of World War I... make it Broken Nation, an account that joins the history of the war to the...
Professor Jeannette Bastian

2013 Professor Jeannette Bastian: Whose memories, whose records: when the archival legacy of a colonial past meets the cultural records of a post-colonial future »

Wed 25 Sep 2013
Islands, specifically the former colonial islands of the Caribbean and the Pacific, share many similar archival and records issues. Questions around...
Marian Sawer

2012 Emeritus Professor Marian Sawer: Feminism for the 21st century »

Thu 13 Sep 2012
Feminism has suffered from 'false feminist death syndrome' for almost as long as it has existed. Some believe that now with a woman Prime Minister...
John Faulkner

2011 annual lecture: Proud past, bright future »

Tue 15 Feb 2011
Senator John Faulkner presents the annual Archives lecture reflecting on the history of the Labour movement in Australia. His talk also opens the '...
Peter Stanley

2010 annual lecture: Smiths in Stasiland: Archival reminders of an uncomfortable Australian past (2010) »

Tue 14 Sep 2010
Dr Peter Stanley is currently researching Australia's Great War through the experience of people with the family name Smith, and German-Australians...
Graeme Davison

2009 annual lecture: Rethinking the Australian legend. Graeme Davison »

Tue 8 Sep 2009
Fifty years after its publication Russel Ward's book The Australian Legend remains the classic account of our national origins. In tracing Australia'...
Michael Piggott

2008 annual lecture: Alchemist magpies? Collecting archivists & their critics »

Tue 16 Sep 2008
Are archivists complicit in helping the victors write history, privileging some voices and silencing others? Are they alchemists transforming 'turds...
Anne Curthoys

2007 annual lecture: Harry Potter & the Holocaust: Reflections on history & fiction »

Tue 18 Sep 2007
In recent debates over truth and fiction in history, the Holocaust has loomed large. It is often seen to be a litmus test for historians, in terms of...
Gordon Briscoe

2006 annual lecture: Repeating the mistakes of the past? Aborigines and the Pastoralists in the Northern Territory 1914-67 »

Tue 4 Apr 2006
What is happening to records of aboriginal people today? Will these archives survive?  Are we repeating the mistakes of the past?  These are the...
Humphrey McQueen

2005 annual lecture: Tradesmen's entrance. The contribution of trade journals to understanding capitalism in Australia »

Wed 25 May 2005
The lecture draws attention to a neglected body of Australian journalism, namely, trade periodicals.  Between the 1880s and 1960s Australian employer...