History Week 2021 online event

Special Collections ‘From the Ground up’ : exploring regional heritage collections  

Join us for History Week 2021 where the University Library’s Special Collection team will share some of their favourite items from the university’s archives and collections. The University Library is home to the historical and cultural memory of the University and its regional context. During the event five panelists will discuss their chosen items and an audience-panel discussion for a more collaborative experience.

WHEN: Friday 10th September 11am – 12pm (via ZOOM)

REGISTER for this event as part of History Week, the statewide festival coordinated by the History Council of NSW . RSVP essential

For more events happening around the state, visit historyweek.com.au


Paige Wright (Special Collections Librarian) speaking on publication ‘How to become Rich’ by Bertha McNamara “Mother of the Australian Labor Movement”

Paige is the Special Collections Librarian and has worked at the University for eight years. She coordinates the Living Histories repository and is an advocate for equity and diversity within collections. Her topics of interest include rare books, promoting special collections, community engagement, digital humanities, Wikipedia and digital collections. Paige currently volunteers on the committees for ALIA Rare Books and Wikimedia Australia. 

Kua Swan (Library Officer, Special Collections) and proud Gomeroi & the Wiradjuri man, born on Anaiwan land. Speaking on ‘Australian Aborigines’ Language, The Australian Race Vol. IV by Edward M. Curr, 1887.

Kua is a proud Gomeroi (Moree) & the Wiradjuri (Cowra) man, born on Anaiwan land (Armidale). Kua lives and works on Awabakal country. He has been fortunate to experience Language from an extensive number of Aboriginal Language groups from across Australia and has been able to identify words from his travels. He began his journey at the University working within the Wollotuka Institute as a Project Officer with a focus on the Indigenous Language program, which has since given him an in depth understanding and appreciation of Language history. Kua’s work has allowed him to research into Language with the help from collections, which led him to the university library.

Zane Metcalfe – (Library Officer, Special Collections)- speaking on Grassroots history of Mayfield and Waratah.

Zane is an archivist with the University of Newcastle’s Special Collections and has been in the role for three years. His last speaking engagement was for the International Council of Archive’s 2019 conference on reading room design and function.  His recent focus has been on community engagement, and the accessibility and visibility of archival collections to the general public.  

Dr Amir Moghadam  (University Conservator) speaking on the Rodoni Collection

Amir is a conservator at the University of Newcastle’s Special Collections. Amir has 22 years of experience working as a conservator, researcher, and lecturer in Australia and overseas. Since commencing his work at the university of Newcastle, Amir has worked on several preservation projects, including working on 15 photographic collections. Recently, he is completing his work on the development, promotion, and curation of the University of Newcastle’s Fraternal Societies Collection.

Gionni Di Gravio OAM (University Archivist) speaking on the Stone Book and view 3D book here.

Gionni is University Archivist at the University of Newcastle, Chair of the Hunter Living Histories and Professional Representative and co-chair of GLAM Peak Australia. Over the past 20 years he has used emerging, and evolving technologies to connect people with historic records and archives across time and space. He is very committed to forging links across thousands of years of Aboriginal Australian culture and human expression in all its forms and formats with the aim of creating a new meta science; merging Renaissance western science with Aboriginal wisdom and connection to land, for a better future. 

Details about HLH monthly meetings is available HERE

Hosted by – University Library’s Special Collections, University of Newcastle (Australia)


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