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CONFERENCE | Divisions, Discord and Disputes in Tasmanian and Australian History


Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies (CTHS) 31st Annual Conference

Start Date

10th Sep 2016 8:30am

End Date

10th Sep 2016 5:00pm


Life Sciences Lecture Theatre

The Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies (CTHS) received formal recognition within the University of Tasmania in 1984, as an adjunct of the History and Classics Program within the School of Humanities. The Program Director is ex officio Director of the Centre.

Aims of the CTHS are:

  • Promote research into Tasmanian history
  • Encourage and assist publication of research
  • Provide professional advice to those researching Tasmanian history
  • Generally, encourage interest in Tasmanian history

School of Humanities is pleased to announce that 31st Annual Conference will be held on Saturday 10 September, 2016 from 8:30am to 5pm.


Divisions, Discord and Disputes in Tasmanian and Australian History

31st Annual Conference

Life Sciences Lecture Theatre

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8:30 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

Welcome: Associate Professor Stefan Petrow, Director, CTHS, University of Tasmania

9:05 a.m.

Professor Phillip Deery, Victoria UniversityDivision and Discord in Cold War Australia: Communism and Anti-communism

9:55 a.m.

Professor Philippa Mein Smith, University of TasmaniaFraction too much Friction: Points of Tension in the Australia-New Zealand Relationship

Session Chair: Associate Professor Stefan Petrow

10:45 a.m.

Morning Tea


Associate Professor Peter Chapman, University of Tasmania

The Fall ofGovernor George Arthur’s System: ‘The Scheming of a Small Party

of Discontented Persons’?

12:00 noon

Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart, University of TasmaniaThe Run Rebellion’: Convict Absconding in Van Diemen’s Land

Session Chair: Dr. Tom Dunning

12:50 p.m.


1:35 p.m.

Dr Tom Dunning, University of TasmaniaLaunceston: Challenges and Triumphs of the Northern Capital

2:25 p.m.


Imogen Wegman, University of TasmaniaMine! Casual expansion by land grantees in Van Diemen's Land

Dr Alan Brooks, University of TasmaniaAm I to be the transferable property of the King of Great Britain?

Session Chair: Associate Professor Peter Chapman

3:25 p.m.

Stand up and stretch time!

3:30 p.m.

Associate Professor Stefan Petrow, University of Tasmania‘Widespread Discord and Bitter Feeling’: The Conscription Referenda 1916-17 in Tasmania

4:20 p.m.

Closing Remarks


Philip Deery is Professor of History and Director Research in the College of Arts at Victoria University, Melbourne. He has written extensively in the fields of communism, espionage and the Cold War  He has published Red Apple: Communism and McCarthyism in Cold War New York (2014, 2016), co-authored The Age f McCarthyism (Boston, 2016) and Espionage and Betrayal: Behind the Scenese of the Cold War (Milan, 2011), and co-edited Fighting Against War: Peace Activism in the Twentieth Century (Melbourne, 2015).

Philippa Mein Smith is Professor of History, Head of the History and Classics Discipline and Honours Co-ordinator at the University of Tasmania. She has a number of publications on the history of New Zealand including A Concise History of New Zealand 2nd ed (2012). Other research interests include the Australian-New Zealand relationship, transnational history, and health history.

Peter Chapman taught History at the University of Tasmania Hobart campus for many years, reaching the rank of Associate Professor. He has received a number of Australian Research Council grants for his long-term, on-going project the Historical Records of Australia, resumed series on Tasmania.

Hamish Maxwell-Stewart is Professor of History and the Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Tasmania. He has written the multi-award winning Closing Hell’s Gates: The Death of a Convict Station (2008). He is the driving force behind the research group Founders and Survivors, which seeks to record and study the founding population of 73,000 men women and children who were transported to Tasmania.

Tom Dunning taught History at the University of Tasmania Launceston campus for many years and is now an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the History and Classics discipline. He has recently edited (with Barbara Valentine and Paul Richards) The Fabric of Launceston: A Collaborative Community History (2016).

Imogen Wegman is a PhD student in the History and Classics Discipline at the University of Tasmania. Her thesis is on ‘The Colonial Tasmanian Landscape: A Home Recreated or a Fresh Start?’.

Alan Brooks recently completed his PhD at the University of Tasmania. His thesis was entitled ‘Prisoners or Servants? A History of the Legal Status of Britain's Transported Convicts’.

Stefan Petrow teaches Australian History at the University of Tasmania. He has published widely on Tasmanian history, specializing in legal and planning history. In 2016 he published (with Carey Denholm) Dr. Edward Swarbreck Hall: Colonial Medical Scientist and Moral Activist and is working on a book called Tasmanian Anzacs: Tasmanian Soldiers and World War One.

Venue: Life Sciences Lecture Theatre, Life Sciences Building, Sandy Bay Campus, University of Tasmania, College Road, Sandy Bay

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