Making Public Histories seminar series - 2015 program

The 2015 Making Public Histories seminar series was presented as a joint initiative of State Library Victoria, Monash University and the History Council of Victoria. Here is what was covered.


Thursday 30 April 2015

Treasures and troves: the secret lives of books

Des Cowley, History of the Book manager, State Library Victoria
Richard Overell, former Rare Books Librarian, Monash University
Dr Anna Welch, curator, State Library Victoria


Thursday 23 July 2015

New directions in making history

Professor Al Thomson, Monash University
Emeritus Professor Graeme Davison AO, Monash University
Sarah Rood, Principal Historian, Way Back When Consulting Historians Pty Ltd
Anne Burrow, Genealogy Librarian, State Library Victoria


Tuesday 29 September 2015

S. T. Gill as eyewitness: art as historical evidence

Associate Professor Alison Inglis (The University of Melbourne)

Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin, Australian National University (and curator of the exhibition, Australian sketchbook: Colonial life and the art of S. T. Gill)
Dr Jan Croggon, Historian, Sovereign Hill Museums Association
Dr Andrew Lemon, professional historian


Thursday 26 November 2015

Melbourne's Alice: Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland as source, artefact and inspiration in art, science and history


Dr Michelle Smith, Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Deakin University

Dr Wendy Garden, Senior Curator, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Dr Juliet O'Conor, Children's Research Librarian, State Library of Victoria
Dr Nurin Veis, Manager Scienceworks, Museum Victoria


Panel discussion on 23 July 2015

The panel discussing new directions in making history,
at the State Library of Victoria, 23 July 2015. 
Photo credit: Way Back When



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The History Council of Victoria acknowledges the State Library of Victoria and the Public Record Office Victoria for supply of the archival images that appear on this website.

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Image credits

  • Italian sailors on ship at Port Melbourne 1938, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese procession in Collins near Elizabeth Street 1901, Harvie & Sutcliffe, photographers, State Library of Victoria
  • People’s homes, Aboriginal station Coranderrk 1878, Fred Kruger Photographer, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese nurses at Children’s Hospital under scholarship 1947, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Ladies physical culture class VRI Melbourne c1931, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001, 011/02
  • Melbourne Cup, Derby and Oaks Day, Flemington Racecourse 1936, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001/4802, 372/30
  • Flinders Street viaduct at foot of Market Street with advertisement for McRobertson’s Chocolate on bridge, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12800/P0003, ADV 1342