Making Public Histories seminar series - 2018 program

The 2018 Making Public Histories seminar series was presented as a joint initiative of Monash University, the Old Treasury Building and the History Council of Victoria.

The series was generously supported by the three partner organisations and sponsored by the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University. Gifts for the speakers were kindly donated by Old Treasury Building and Monash University Publishing.

Here is an outline of the seminars:


Tuesday 6 March 2018

Podcasting History

Emma Lancaster, University of Technology Sydney
Andrew J. May, University of Melbourne

Alistair Thomson, Monash University

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Tuesday 8 May 2018

Material Culture: Stories from Objects

Sarah Hayes, Deakin University
Margaret Anderson, Old Treasury Building

Margaret Birtley, History Council of Victoria

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Tuesday 12 June 2018

Wikipedia and history

Dr Mary Tomsic, The University of Melbourne 
Justine Clark, co-founder of Parlour; women, equity, architecture
Associate Professor Murray Phillips, The University of Queensland

Pru Mitchell, President of Wikimedia Australia

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Tuesday 10 July 2018

Making Aboriginal histories

Alexandra Roginski, Australian National University
Dr Billy Griffiths, Deakin University
Dr Shannon Faulkhead, Museums Victoria and Monash University

Professor Lynette Russell FRHistS FASSA, Monash University

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Tuesday 28 August 2018

History and Fiction

Dr Linda Weste, The University of Melbourne
Dr Kelly Gardiner, La Trobe University
Dr Ali Alidazeh, Monash University

Dr Kathleen Neal, Monash University

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Tuesday 13 November 2018

Curating the Anzac Centenaries: War, Memory and the Museum

Jean McAuslan, Shrine of Remembrance
Deborah Tout-Smith, Museums Victoria

Professor Alistair Thomson, Monash University

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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.

We acknowledge the National Film and Sound Archive for the right to use of the video footage on the home page, titled "Melbourne: Life in Australia (1966)".

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