Tasmanian Historical Research Association has enjoyed another
successful year of talks, papers and excursions. The Association hosted
four excursions – a visit to the Channel Heritage Centre at Margate, a
walking tour of historic Sandy Bay, a tour and high tea at the historic
National Trust property Runnymede and a tour and talk about landscape
conservation management at Port Arthur and the Coal Mines historic
site. Eleven lectures were held throughout the year, all of which were
The 2014 Lecture Series
Margaret Hicks: Lady Ships and whaling wives: American and Australian women in the whaling industry, 1825-75
Michael Bennett: The life and opinions of William Bugby, schoolmaster of Black Brush (Brighton), c1852-1928
Steve Thomas: Creating historical films and websites
Nicola Goc: Reading migrant women’s lives through snapshot photography: the Tasmanian experience
Sir Guy Green: A Tasmanian Life
Gillian Ward: Olive Pink as an artist
Eldershaw Lecture-Peter Stanley: Honest History: desirable? necessary? possible?
Alison Alexander: Maria & Edward Lord, and Hobart’s rambunctious early years.
Scott Carlin: House Museums as Public History.
John Short: The History of the Bank Arcade in Hobart’s Liverpool Street.
Chris Leppard-Quinn: Sex Sells: The anachronism of Colonial Prostitution.
2014, the Association published a standard issue of Papers and
Proceedings in June and a double issue in December, edited by Alison
Alexander. They included 11 papers on a diverse and interesting range
of subjects and 9 book reviews. Each issue was accompanied by an
informative newsletter produced by Stefan Petrow. THRA continues to be
a member of the Federation of Australian Historical Studies.
Committee continues to work very effectively: our thanks are due to Ian
Terry (Vice-President), Andy Mckinlay (Secretary), Ross Kelly
(Treasurer), Alison Alexander (Editor), Michael Roe, Stefan Petrow,
Chris Tassell and Bernard Lloyd. THRA’s finances remain sound, thanks
to our Treasurer Ross Kelly. Further details are contained in the
Financial Statement and Auditors Report.
would like to thank all those who have assisted the Association in
2014. Contributions to our journals, lectures, excursions and the
Committee enable THRA to continue to the good work of promoting
research and interest in Tasmanian history.
The Tasmanian Historical
Association has continued much the same way as previous years. Our 435
could attend monthly lectures, or any of three excursions. We publish
issues a year of our journal, THRA Papers
usual, the Association hosted eleven lectures. They covered a variety
and were given by a variety of lecturers, ranging from staff of the
Museum and Art Gallery and the University of Tasmania to enthusiastic
and overseas and interstate speakers:
The Eldershaw Lecture by Dr
Broadbent was particularly interesting and wonderfully illustrated. It
in the Dechaineux Theatre at the School of Art. Other lectures were
held in the
Royal Society Room of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Attendance
fifty, and as usual members enjoyed Michael Roe’s minutes, especially
summaries of previous papers.
the Association published three issues of Papers
and Proceedings, edited by Heather Felton. They contained 264
16 papers and 6 book reviews – similar to the totals for all years in
decade. Topics of
the papers varied from
smallpox and vaccination to climate change, female arsonists
Ireland, and the search for Tasmania’s highest mountain peak. Two
Lives’ were included, by Bruce Davis and Vera Fisher. Of the fifteen
six were published by THRA for the first time. Nine papers had been
to the Association.
issue of Papers and Proceedings was
accompanied by an informative newsletter, produced by Stefan Petrow.
work of posting Papers and Proceedings
was done by various people including stalwarts Ross Kelly, Michael Roe,
Petrow, Margaret Glover, Caroline Homer and Alison Alexander.
Association hosted five excursions during 2008. In the March weekend
travelled around the Campbell Town district, following the course of
and Macquarie rivers. This
interesting excursion was ably organised by member Mary Ramsay whom we
most appreciatively. Members were especially pleased to be able to
several notable historic houses, and no one will forget the climb to
the top of
the hill where Eliza Forlonge established her merino flock.
June we had a most interesting tour of the National Trust’s historic
Runnymede at New Town, ably escorted by the Curator, Gemma Webberley,
tea in the music
room was much enjoyed.
October we visited Woodsdale where the local historical society have
their range of museums to include a machinery shed and a wool exhibit,
as a display of the district’s bridal finery from the last century.
much enjoyed, as was the peerless morning tea and lunch, and visits to
church, the old school museum and the shed made of kerosene tins. After lunch we visited the
Stonehenge and the township of Swanston, where Vera Fisher spoke to us
owner, John Tribolet, kindly allowed us to see over his property.
members attended the biennial Tasmanian historical societies’
hosted by the First Settlers Association.
This attracted a large audience, with
speakers tackling various aspects
of the theme of early Tasmanian businesses.
attractive new website was available in early 2009, under the direction
vice-president, Ian Terry. It
most successful, and much appreciated by members. THRA had no major
in 2008, though several are being planned. Sales of previous
continued, ably organised by Margaret Glover.
continues to be a member of the Federation of Australian Historical
and our delegate, Dianne Snowden, attended FAHS’s annual conference and
represented THRA in FAHS’s regular teleconferences.
committee functioned particularly harmoniously during the year: as well
members mentioned above, thanks to Andy McKinlay (secretary), Ross
(treasurer) and Caroline Homer (supper). Our custom is that president
three-year terms and so I am stepping down as president, after three
finances remain sounded, though it was necessary to raise the
2010 to $45 for personal members.
committee considered the case for a reduced subscription for members
not want to receive Papers &
Proceedings, but decided against it. Sadly, some long-term
away during the year, notably Hugh Campbell, Honorary Life Member and
for many years. On a more positive note, one of THRA’s founders, Bob
has recently returned to live in Hobart and has agreed to become our
conclusion I would like to thank all those who have assisted the
during the year. A voluntary association like THRA depends on many
assistance in all sorts of ways, and this is much appreciated.