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CCH Newsletter – 11th December 2023
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Christmas tree and party Matron Dunn. Christmas Day, 1940

You can read all about our news here, but don’t forget we regularly put out information by our social media channels including Facebook.

This is our last newsletter for 2024. Thank you to all those who have contributed their news, information, publications, successes and moments over the course of the year. We will begin publishing the newsletter in February 2024. Enjoy the break!

New Member

We are excited to welcome another new member to CCH, Melathi Saldin.

Melathi Saldin is a lecturer in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Deakin University. She is an International Member of ICOMOS and is Co-Chair of the Sri Lanka ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage. An archaeologist and critical heritage scholar, Melathi’s research looks at the politicisation of heritage in Sri Lanka and other parts of Asia, with a focus on the potential of heritage for community resilience building in the aftermath of war. She is co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Heritage Destruction (2023).

Welcome Melathi!

News from Members

Congratulations to Steven Cooke who has just been announced as the new CEO of the Melbourne Holocaust Museum.


  • Openbook, the State Library of New South Wales quarterly magazine, published an article from Deborah Lee-Talbot, ‘An archivist’s archives’. This piece offers highlights Deborah’s experiences of working with the Phyllis Mander-Jones collection at the library, with a focus on Mander-Jones’ interactions with the people of Mailu.
  • Roy Hay review of Craig Stephen, Boots and Bombs: How New Zealand football grew up in the 1960s and 70s, Self-published, 2023, Wellington, New Zealand Aotearoa, in Sporting Traditions, 40, no. 2, November 2023, pp. 109–111.
  • Klaus Neumann has 2 new publications:
    • “Koffer sind nicht gleich Koffer, aber ein Lager ist ein Lager. Erzwungene (Im)Mobilität in der Sächsischen Schweiz und anderswo.“ In: Volkskunde in Sachsen: Jahrbuch für Kulturanthropologie, vol. 35 (2023): pp. 13-30. [refereed journal article] FOR: 430319
    • “Rogue Nation? Asylum seekers, climate change, and unproductive claims about Australia’s reputation.” In: The Social Future of Australia: The 50th Anniversary Symposium of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, eds. Kevin McConkey and Chris Hatherly, Canberra: Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (2023), S. 42-47. The entire volume can be accessed online here: https://socialsciences.org.au/publications/the-social-future-of-australia/


2023–24 Mike Smith Student Prize
The National Committee for the History and Philosophy of Science has a prize for unpublished postgrad work which has just opened and closes in Jan 2024. The essay should range from 4000–8000 words in length (exclusive of endnotes). Essays must be written in English and fully documented following the style specified for the Australian Academy of Science’s journal, Historical Records of Australian Science.

Essays may explore any aspect of the history of Australian science, including medicine and technology or Australian environmental history. The term ‘Australia’ may encompass essays focusing on the Australian region, broadly defined, which includes Oceania. We also welcome essays that compare issues and subjects associated with Australia to those of other places. Applications are due by 15 January 2024. You can find more information about the prize here, or get in touch with Timothy Neale.

News from ADI

Last week ADI launched their new website! You can check it out here.

CCH Hub Site

We now have a Sharepoint site (for Deakin staff and students only). This is where you can find CCH templates and logos, and importantly – new grant application forms. CCH members should have access, but you will need to use your Deakin login.

CCH Grants

CCH Grants for 2023 are now closed – if you have a project for 2024 that you’d like to apply for please check out the options available on the hub site.

Cover Photo

Santa Claus at Canberra Airport, 1929. (Alexander Collingridge)