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History Matters: Historical Authority and Alternative Voices

  • State Library of NSW, Unaipon Room Level 1 (map)

Presented by Professional Historians Association (NSW & ACT) and Oral History NSW.

Professional historians are certainly not the only people who research and communicate the past to broad audiences.  ‘History is the work of many hands’, as one writer said.   
This session addresses alternative voices and ways that journalists and novelists write about and use history in their work.  


Paul Daley is a Guardian journalist who has won many awards for his outstanding articles. He also  writes about Australian history and culture and is particularly interested in Indigenous histories.

Christine Piper is a novelist of Japanese Australian Heritage and draws on extensive historical research from both countries. Her first novel After Darkness won the Australian Vogel’s Literary Award in 2014 and she is now working on her second novel. 

Chair: Minna Muhlen-Schulte, historian and Senior Heritage Consultant, GML Heritage.

Bookings made online via the State Library, only $5 for OHA and PHA members.