Colonialism and its Aftermath

2015 CEH Projects

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

Petty crime in Van Diemen's Land

QVMAG holds four Court Record Books covering the years 1886-1892, and another two books covering 1897 - 1902.  The museum also holds some individual volumes from the 1840s & 1850s. This project will will build a picture of petty crime in northern Tasmania by using these books as a starting point. The project will compare the information with  the reports in newspapers available on Trove and in TAHO holdings and gain more detailed corroboration through Launceston City Council Police records. Through the more detailed records in the LCC files, one can trace many of the people back to their conduct records if they were transportees. This project will build a picture of the prevalence, type and nature of petty crime in the North, whether these crimes led to further and greater recidivism, and will ask questions about local attitudes to law-breaking.

Disciplines: History, Sociology

Independent 20th Century Women

Using the collections of Jane Craig, Isabella Mead and Dorothea Henslowe, this project will examine the activities, attitudes and influence of three influential, educated and independent Launceston women over an 80 year time period following World War I. If wished, this project could also include a comparative study by comparing these women with those recorded in the Sutton and Gibson diaries from late 19th century.

Disciplines: History, English, Media Studies

Changes in Sports Journalism

Jack Donnelly (1915-1995) was the Examiner's senior sports reporter and later sporting editor, and worked with them for 35 years. His collection is largely sport-related - mainly AFL but also including cycling, athletics, and wood chopping. This project will examine changes in the practice of journalism over time, and examine attitudes towards sport and sport reporting. Note: Donnelly's notebooks are mostly in shorthand, so some knowledge of shorthand would be useful in conducting this project.

Disciplines: Journalism, Communication & Media Studies

Les Hill and Amateur Film

This is a collection (now digitised) of early film. Hill was a member of the Northern Tasmanian Camera Club, and an enthusiastic adopter of film. His collection contains footage of a trip around Tasmania in 1941 by motor car (including some experimental colour film), a number of self-directed humorous fictional films with special effects, footage of motorbike trials on Baker's Beach and the first Devonport Airshow, and even a collection of some early Hollywood film and animation. This collection is a fascinating picture of private enthusiast cinematography.

Disciplines: TCOTA, English, History

Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority

Borrowing and Reading Practices at the Port Arthur Library

"Account books," writes novelist Hilary Mantel, "form a narrative as engaging as any tale of sea monsters or cannibals." Awaiting attention in the Port Arthur Historic Site archive is the account book for the Port Arthur Subscription Library and Reading Room, covering the period 1860-1877 and including records of library loans, as well as donations and fines. Who was using the library, and what were they reading? Did convicts and officers have similar access to books, and how much would a fine set you back? The successful applicant for this project will transcribe and analyse the account book in order to extract insights about borrowing and reading practices at the Port Arthur Library.

Discipline: English