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NEWSLETTER November 2003

CHRISTMAS BRUNCH: SUNDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2003

NEW ADMINISTRATOR OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY A HISTORIAN

As advised in the last newsletter, the annual and usually very enjoyable Christmas brunch takes place from 10.30 AM on Sunday 30 November 2003 in the Jetty Restaurant, Stokes Hill Wharf Precinct. The cost is $22 per person for an extensive buffet.

If you would like to attend please send your name and contact details along with your payment of $22 per person (cheques to the 'Historical Society of the Northern Territory') to the Society's postal address by 23 November 2003.

NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY GRANTS

Congratulations go to the following members who received grants for 2003-2004:

Emeritus Professor Alan Powell, $5000 to continue research on the American Army engineers in the Northern Territory, 1942-1944;

Christine Gordon, $3000 to research a history of Wadeye (Port Keats);

Colin De La Rue, $2000 to research the military presence and activities at Fort Dundas, Melville Island.

Congratulations go to Ted Egan, AM, who takes over as Administrator of the Northern Territory in November. Ted is well known for his work as a historian. He has a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Adelaide and is an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the Northern Territory University. He is the author of many well-received books on Australian and Northern Territory history.

Many of his songs deal with historical topics.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS ON NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY

Journal of Religious History: Special Issue on Indigenous Peoples, Christianity and Religious Change, 27 (3), 2003.

Henry Reynolds, North of Capricorn: The Untold Story of Australia's North, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 2003, ISBN 1865080306.

Paul A. Rosenzweig (Society member), 'Devotion to Duty in Darwin: Laurance Ernest Tozer RAN' in Naval Historical Review, 24 (3), 2003, pp 10-16.

CHRISTMAS RECESS

The Society is in recess during December and January. Its Council wishes all members a very happy Christmas and New Year.

 


NEWSLETTER September 2003

PATRON'S DINNER
THURSDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2003

FUTURE ACTIVITIES FOR 2003 - 22 October

The annual Patron's Dinner takes place on the evening of Thursday 18 September from 7.00 PM at Bogart's Restaurant, 52 Gregory Street, Parap (please note the change of venue).
The cost is $20 per person for a three-course meal. Drinks are extra.

The guest speaker is the well-known Northern Territory labour activist Brian Manning, who talks on the subject of Ôlabour history'.

It should be a most enjoyable and interesting evening so please mark the date in your diary and send the following information to the Historical Society's postal address by 10 September 2003:

  • Name/names of those attending
  • Contact telephone number
  • Payment of $20 per person (cheques and money orders to Historical Society of the Northern Territory)

NT HISTORY GRANTS in 2003
Information on winners can be located here

RECENT PUBLICATION ON NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY

Bain Attwood, Rights for Aborigines, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 2003, ISBN 1864489839

Dr Bill Wilson lectures on unionism in the Northern Territory Police

30 November: CHRISTMAS BRUNCH at Pumphouse Restaurant, Stokes Hill Wharf. Full details will be in the October and November newsletters.

Northern Territory University / Australian National University HISTORY COLLOQUIUM

This takes place on 15 and 16 November at a venue to be advised at the Northern Territory University's Casuarina campus.

There will be a range of interesting presentations on aspects of North Australian history, including race relations, environmental history, economic history, historical resources and art history.

The keynote speaker is Professor Ann McGrath, Director of the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at The Australian National University and well known for her contributions to Northern Territory history.

A full program appears in a future newsletter.


NEWSLETTER August 2003

NEXT LECTURE: WEDNESDAY 27 AUGUST 2003

PATRON'S DINNER, THURSDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2003

On Wednesday 27 August 2003, commencing at 8.00 PM in the theatre, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Dr Clayton Fredericksen speaks on recent archaeological work at the site of Fort Wellington, the second British settlement in the Northern Territory.

The title of his lecture is 'Raffles Bay Revisited: The 2003 NTU Expedition to Fort Wellington'.

Clayton is a Lecturer in Archaeology at Northern Territory University and a member of the Historical Society.

Refreshments will, as usual, follow the lecture.

 

NEW HISTORICAL SOCIETY BOOK

Brian Reid (President of the Historical Society), The Menzies School of Health Research: Establishment, 1978-1997, Historical Society of the Northern Territory, Darwin, 2003, ISBN 0646425544

Copies are available from the Society at its postal address at $20.50 for members or $22.50 for non-members (GST included).

NEW BOOK BY HISTORICAL SOCIETY VICE-PRESIDENT

Alan Powell, 'The Third Force: ANGAU's New Guinea War, 1942-46', Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2003, ISBN 019551639-7

The annual Patron's Dinner takes place on the evening of Thursday 18 September at the Karawa Restaurant, Palmerston Campus, Northern Territory University.

Full details, including the price per person, are in the next newsletter that appears at the end of August.

The guest speaker is the well-known Northern Territory labour activist Brian Manning, who talks on the subject of 'labour history'.

It should be a most enjoyable and interesting evening so please mark the date in your diary.

Other RECENT PUBLICATIONS ON NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY

Alan Day, 'Historical Dictionary of the Discovery and Exploration of Australia', The Scarecrow Press, Lanham, 2003, ISBN 0810845881

Alan Middleton, 'The History of Poeppel Corner', in Placenames Australia, June 2003, pp. 1-2

Peggy Rockman Napaljarri and Lee Cataldi (translators), 'Warlpiri Dreamings and Histories', Altamira Press, Walnut Creek, 2003, ISBN 0761989927

Gary Robinson, 'What to Make of Tiwi History', in The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 14 (2), 2003, pp. 249-252


NEWSLETTER July 2003

FIELD TRIP TO HUMBERT TRACK, GREGORY NATIONAL PARK:

SEMINAR ON 11 JULY 2003

Friday 25 July to Sunday 27 July 2003 (Darwin Show Day long weekend)
As previously advised, this is being organised by Society Honorary Secretary Professor David Carment, who knows the area well.
Participants must travel in private or rented four-wheel drive vehicles and bring all they need to camp out in remote locations without facilities or drinking water. After re-fuelling at Timber Creek and taking the Bullita road, which joins the Victoria Highway about 10 kilometres to the east of Timber Creek, they meet on the Friday night at the camping area in beautiful Limestone Gorge.
On the following morning they drive to Bullita Homestead to view the interpretive display on the area's rich cultural history before following the Humbert Track. This joins Bullita Homestead with Humbert River Station.
The legendary pastoralist Charlie Schultz used the track for carting supplies and as a stock route. En route participants stop at a range of historical sites, such as yards and drovers' camps, and admire the spectacular scenery before camping the night somewhere near Humbert River. For the most part driving along the track is quite easy but there are some rugged sections where four wheel drive is necessary.
Participants return home independently via Victoria River Downs and Jasper Gorge on Sunday.
Full information will be sent to participants, who should, if they have not already done so, complete and post the information below to the HSNT by 15 July 2003.

  • Name/names of participants
  • Contact telephone number
  • Can you take passengers?
  • If so, how many?
  • Do you need transport?

 

All interested persons are most welcome to attend a History seminar at Room 22.03, Casuarina Campus, Northern Territory University, from 4.00 PM on 11 July 2003. Dr Jack Frawley, an expert on the Tiwi people and their history, speaks on the subject of 'People Got a Gun: The 1914 Melville Island Inquiry'.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY ARCHIVES

These are located at the Northern Territory Archives, Cavenagh Street, Darwin and are open from 10.00 AM to 4.00 PM each Thursday.
The Honorary Archivist and her helpers are happy to assist members with their research queries. A wide range of interesting periodicals is also available.
Recent examples include Citation, History SA, Memento, National Library of Australia News, Royal Historical Society of Queensland Bulletin, American Association for State and Local History Dispatch, Placenames Australia, Regional Museums, Canberra Historical Journal, History News, Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society and History.

CONGRATULATIONS

The Society congratulates the following members on the recent award to them of the Commonwealth government's Centenary Medal: Hon Austin Asche, Peter Dunham, Janie Mason, Hon Brian Martin and Major Paul Rosenzweig. The late Barbara James was awarded her Medal posthumously.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS ON NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY

David Carment, 'Political Chronicle, Northern Territory: July-December 2002', in Australian Journal of Politics and History, 49 (2), 2003, pp. 289-294.

Janet Dickinson, A Tribute to Boyne and Glad Litchfield, the author, Mackay, 2003, no ISBN. Journal of Northern Territory History, 14, 2003 (copies have been posted to all members).


NEWSLETTER June 2003

FIELD TRIP TO THE HAYES CREEK AREA: MONDAY 9 JUNE 2003 (QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HOLIDAY)

FIELD TRIP TO HUMBERT TRACK, GREGORY NATIONAL PARK:
Friday 25 July to Sunday 27 July 2003 (Darwin Show Day long weekend)

As previously advised, this is being organised by Society Council member Yvonne Forrest. It involves a fascinating tour with an experienced local guide around the Hayes Creek area, including Long Airfield. Participants travel in private vehicles (four wheel drive vehicles are not necessary).

They should bring $15 each to pay the guide and all they need for a picnic lunch.

They need to meet at Hayes Creek Service Station on the Stuart Highway at 10.00 AM and, if this has not already occurred, to forward the following information to HSNT postal address by 2 June 2003.

  • Name/names of participants
  • Contact telephone number
  • Can you take passengers?
  • If so, how many?
  • Do you need transport?

RUTH WEBSTER AWARD

Congratulations go to Society member Trevor Menzies for winning the inaugural Ruth Webster Award with his fine paper 'Mapping to Defend Australia's North in the Second World War'.

It is planned, if the author agrees, to publish this in the 2004 edition of the Journal of Northern Territory History

As previously advised, this is being organised by Society Honorary Secretary Professor David Carment, who knows the area well.
Participants must travel in private or rented four-wheel drive vehicles and bring all they need to camp out in remote locations without facilities or drinking water. After re-fuelling at Timber Creek and taking the Bullita road, which joins the Victoria Highway about 10 kilometres to the east of Timber Creek, they meet on the Friday night at the camping area in beautiful Limestone Gorge.
On the following morning they drive to Bullita Homestead to view the interpretive display on the area's rich cultural history before following the Humbert Track. This joins Bullita Homestead with Humbert River Station.
The legendary pastoralist Charlie Schultz used the track for carting supplies and as a stock route. En route participants stop at a range of historical sites, such as yards and drovers' camps, and admire the spectacular scenery before camping the night somewhere near Humbert River. For the most part driving along the track is quite easy but there are some rugged sections where four wheel drive is necessary.
Participants return home independently via Victoria River Downs and Jasper Gorge on Sunday.
Full information will be sent to participants, who should, if they have not already done so, complete and post the information below to the HSNT by 15 July 2003.

  • Name/names of participants
  • Contact telephone number
  • Can you take passengers?
  • If so, how many?
  • Do you need transport?

RECENT PUBLICATIONS ON NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY

Mickey Dewar and Clayton Fredericksen (Society members), 'Prison Heritage, Public History and Archaeology at Fannie Bay Gaol, Northern Australia', in International Journal of Heritage Studies, 9 (1), 2003, pp. 45-63.

Clayton Fredericksen (Historical Society member) and Ian Walters, 'Archaeology from the Frontier: The Past, Present and Future of Research at Northern Territory University', in Australian Archaeology, 55, 2002, pp. 30-34.

Peter Monteath (ed.), Sailing with Flinders: The Journal of Seaman Samuel Smith, Corkwood Press, Adelaide, 2002, ISBN 1876247134.

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS ON NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY

Steve Mullins, 'James Clark and the Celebes Trading Company: Making an Australian Maritime Venture in the Netherlands East Indies', in The Great Circle, 24 (2), 2002, pp. 22-52.

John Mulvaney, 'Éthese Aboriginal lines of travel', in Historic Environment, 16 (2), 2002, pp. pp. 4-7.

John Mulvaney, 'From Historian to Archaeologist: Reflections on Cultural Heritage and its Preservation', in Canberra Historical Journal, 51, 2003, pp. 33-38.

Heidi Zogbaum, 'Herbert Basedow and the Removal of Aboriginal Children of Mixed Descent from their Families', in Australian Historical Studies, 34 (121), 2003, pp. 122-138.


NEWSLETTER May 2003

NEXT LECTURE: 28 May 2003

DEATH OF BARBARA JAMES

In another in the 2003 Northern Territory labour history series, from 8.00 PM on Wednesday 28 May 2003 in the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory theatre,

Bev Phelts speaks about the colourful labour activist Jack Meaney. Bev is the Society's Treasurer and did her research on Jack while studying at the Northern Territory University. She is currently undertaking a doctoral thesis there.

Refreshments follow the lecture.

The Society mourns the passing of its longstanding member and strong supporter Barbara James. Active in many areas of community life, she made a most significant contribution to Northern Territory history and provided invaluable support to other Territory historians. She had many friends and will be greatly missed.

A full tribute is to appear in the 2003 Journal of Northern Territory History.

FIELD TRIP TO THE HAYES CREEK AREA: MONDAY 9 JUNE 2003

(QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HOLIDAY)

This is being organised by Society Council member Yvonne Forrest.

It involves a fascinating tour with an experienced local guide around the Hayes Creek area, including Long Airfield.

Participants travel in private vehicles (four wheel drive vehicles are not necessary). They should bring $15 each to pay the guide and all they need for a picnic lunch.

They need to meet at Hayes Creek Service Station on the Stuart Highway at 10.00am. Please forward the following information:

  • Name/names of participants
  • Contact telephone number
  • Can you take passengers?
  • If so, how many?
  • Do you need transport?

Please return to the Society's postal address by 2 June 2003.

FIELD TRIP TO HUMBERT TRACK, GREGORY NATIONAL PARK:
Friday 25 July to Sunday 27 July 2003 (Darwin Show Day long weekend)

This is being organised by Society Honorary Secretary Professor David Carment, who knows the area well.
Participants must travel in private or rented four-wheel drive vehicles and bring all they need to camp out in remote locations without facilities or drinking water. After re-fuelling at Timber Creek and taking the Bullita road, which joins the Victoria Highway about 10 kilometres to the east of Timber Creek, they meet on the Friday night at the camping area in beautiful Limestone Gorge.
On the following morning they drive to Bullita Homestead to view the interpretive display on the area's rich cultural history before following the Humbert Track. This joins Bullita Homestead with Humbert River Station.
The legendary pastoralist Charlie Schultz used the track for carting supplies and as a stock route. En route participants stop at a range of historical sites, such as yards and drovers' camps, and admire the spectacular scenery before camping the night somewhere near Humbert River.
For the most part driving along the track is quite easy but there are some rugged sections where four wheel drive is necessary. Participants return home independently via Victoria River Downs and Jasper Gorge on Sunday.

Full information will be sent to participants, who should send the following information by post:

  • Name/names of participants
  • Contact telephone number
  • Can you take passengers?
  • If so, how many?
  • Do you need transport?

Please return to the Society's postal address by 15 July 2003.


NEWSLETTER April 2003

NEXT LECTURE: 23 APRIL 2003

HISTORICAL SOCIETY COUNCIL: 2003-2004

The next lecture in the Society's 'labour history' series commences at 8.00 PM on Wednesday 23 April 2003 in the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory theatre, Bullocky Point.

David Carment, Professor of History at Northern Territory University, discusses Harold and Jock Nelson, the father and his son who were Labor members for the Northern Territory in the Commonwealth House of Representatives for many years.

He will also say something about Mac Blain, the colourful independent Member of the House of Representatives who defeated Jock Nelson but who was later in turn defeated by Harold Nelson. Refreshments follow the lecture.

The following office bearers were recently elected at the Annual General Meeting.

  • President - Dr Brian Reid
  • Vice-President - Emeritus Professor Alan Powell
  • Honorary Secretary - Professor David Carment
  • Treasurer - Ms Bev Phelts
  • Honorary Minutes Secretary - Ms Nina Cameron (Publications Officer)
  • Council - Ms Judy Boland, Ms Kay Goon, Ms Yvonne Forrest (Archivist), Ms Janie Mason, Dr David Mearns.

The Society welcomes David Mearns, an anthropologist and long-standing member, to the Council.

NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY GRANTS

Grants of between $500 and $7000 each are being advertised to support the work of researchers recording and writing about Northern Territory history.

For application forms and further information contact the Northern Territory Archives on telephone 08-89247677, email nt.archives@nt.gov.au, web site http://www.nt.gov.au/nta.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • Bain Attwood and SG Foster (eds), Frontier Conflict: The Australian Experience, National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 2003, ISBN 1 876944 11 0.
  • Joe Fisher, AM, Trials and Triumphs in the Northern Territory and Northern Australia, WJ and EE Fisher, Darwin, 2002, ISBN 0 9750215 0 8
  • David Thomas, 'What Professor Cleland Did in his Holidays: Collecting Expeditions to Central Australia as Indigenous Health Research, 1925-39', Health and History, 4 (2), 2002.

NEWSLETTER March 2003

VISIT TO NATIONAL ARCHIVES: 12 MARCH 2003

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: 26 MARCH 2003

Members are invited to participate in a specially arranged information and familiarisation session at the Darwin Office, National Archives of Australia, Kelsey Crescent, Millner, from 5.30 PM to 7.00 PM on Wednesday 12 March 2003.

The session will be conducted by Archives reference staff and provide an opportunity to introduce or re-introduce members to reference services, collections of interest and any new developments and projects.

Please contact the Historical Society by 7 March 2003 if you will be attending.

This takes place from 7.30 PM on Wednesday 26 March 2003 at the Asian Gateway Thai Restaurant, Aralia Street, Nightcliff.

The usually short meeting will be followed by a Thai banquet. The cost is $23 per person to be paid to the Society. Drinks are at additional cost.

Nominations are sought for the following positions: President; Vice-President; Secretary: Treasurer; Minutes Secretary: Members of Council.

Members may nominate themselves. Nominations can be posted to the Society's address or can be made at the meeting.

Please contact the Historical Society by Friday 21 March 2003 if you are attending the meeting.

ANNUAL PROGRAM FOR 2003

The program is being finalised. It includes lectures on the theme of Northern Territory labour history, the Patron's Dinner in September, the annual Christmas brunch in November, and field trips to Hayes Creek on 9 June and the Humbert River Track in Gregory National Park on 25-27 July.

SOCIETY ARCHIVES

The Society's Honorary Archivist, Yvonne Forrest, is at the Archives, located in the Northern Territory Archives in Darwin, from about 10 AM to 4.30 PM each Thursday.

RUTH WEBSTER AWARD

The Society is offering a research award to acknowledge the late Ruth Webster, a long-time and very active member. Five hundred dollars will be paid to the author of a research paper on Northern Territory nursing history or military history.

The paper should be between 5,000 to 8,000 words and the award winning entry will be published in the Journal of Northern Territory History.

Entries must reach the Society's postal address by Wednesday 30 April 2003.

RESEARCH PROJECT

The Society, in association with the National Archives, is most interested in finding someone to write a short article on the division of the Northern Territory into two separate territories during the nineteen twenties. Archival records exist in Darwin and Canberra.

Please contact the Society if you or anyone you know may be willing to take on the project.

Attendance at Annual General Meeting

Please send the name/names of those attending plus your payment of $23 per person to the Historical Society of the Northern Territory by 21 March 2003.


NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2003

LECTURE ON WEDNESDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2003

SOCIETY MEMBER'S NEW BOOK

The Society plans to have a labour history theme in its 2003 lecture series. With this in mind, Historical Society Council member Janie Mason is giving the first lecture on the Northern Territory Trades and Labour Council. Janie is the President of the Trades and Labour Council and has long experience in the union movement.

The lecture commences at 8.00 PM in the theatre, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Bullocky Point, Darwin on Wednesday 26 February 2003. Refreshments follow the lecture.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY 26 MARCH 2003

The Society's Annual General Meeting takes place on the evening of Wednesday 26 March 2003. Further details are in the next newsletter.

ORDER OF AUSTRALIA HONOUR FOR SOCIETY COUNCIL MEMBER

On Australia Day 2003 Professor David Carment, the Society's Honorary Secretary, was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for his 'service to the community, particularly through the National Trust of Australia, as an advocate for the protection of Northern Territory cultural heritage and to the scholarship and dissemination of knowledge of Northern Territory history'.

DO YOU HAVE A GOOD HISTORICAL STORY IDEA?

Albert Koomen, Development Officer of the ABC in Darwin, would like to hear from anyone who knows of an interesting event, character or place from the Territory's past. It might make a good story for New Dimensions - History (hosted by George Negus, ABC television Monday nights at 6.30 PM).

Ideally, there should be at least one person who can be interviewed and some strong supporting visual material (such as photos or film). For more information telephone Albert on 08-89433122 or email koomen.albert@abc.net.au.

Society member Dr Glen McLaren is the author of Beverley: A History of the Shire of Beverley, Shire of Beverley, Beverley, 2002.
This 100,000-word monograph was written in association with Associate Professor Bill Cooper.

NEW SOCIETY BOOK

The Society's latest book is Christine Gordon, Plunderlime: Brother John Pye - A Northern Territory Legend, Historical Society of the Northern Territory, Darwin, 2002, recommended retail price $16.50.

Copies are available at good book shops. They can also be ordered from the Society at its postal address.

OTHER RECENT PUBLICATIONS ON NORTHERN TERRITORY HISTORY

David Carment, 'Political Chronicle: Northern Territory, January-June 2002', Australian Journal of Politics and History, 48 (4), 2002, pp. 590-595.

Frances De Groen and Laurie Hergenhan (eds), Xavier Herbert: Letters, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, 2002.

Miriam Estensen, Matthew Flinders: The Life of Matthew Flinders, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 2002. Peter Evans (ed), Fairmile Ships of the Royal Australian Navy, Volume 1, Australian Military History Publications, Loftus, 2002.

Darrell Lewis, Slower than the Eye can See: Environmental Change in Australia's Cattle Lands - A Case Study of the Victoria River District, Northern Territory, Topical Savannas CRC, Darwin, 2002.

Deborah Bird Rose, Country of the Heart: An Indigenous Australian Homeland, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, 2002.