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CCH Newsletter – 5th February 2024

This is our first newsletter for 2024 – welcome back!

If you have any information to share in the Newsletter please send it through to Anna, the newsletter will be published every fortnight on Monday. You can read all our news here, but don’t forget we regularly put out information by our social media channels including Facebook.

Don’t forget that we have a CCH Workshop Day on Thursday next week for Deakin staff and students. If you haven’t got the relevant information please get in touch with Anna.

News and publications from Members

Anna Kent’s first book was published last week – Mandates and Missteps. The book is published by ANU Press and is available open access here. Anna also had an article published in The PIE News in December – To be part of the Pacific family, Australia must develop its educational engagement.

Brad Underhill and Jon Ritchie had a piece in The Conversation – More than a pay dispute: what’s really behind the Papua New Guinea riots.

David Lowe, Jo Cruickshank and Andrew Singleton also had a piece in The Conversation – Support for Australia Day celebration on January 26 drops: new research. The piece is based on results from the CCH History Survey which was run for the second time in 2023.

As you can see from the screenshot, these two pieces have been very popular in The Conversation over January.

In recent weeks we have farewelled Steve Cooke, who has headed off to the Holocaust Museum in Melbourne as CEO. Good luck Steve!

Postgrad Conference Award – Ana Rosa Marginson has been awarded a Postgraduate Conference Award by the Asian Studies Association of Australia. Congratulations Ana Rosa.

Roy Hay has a few publications since our last newsletter.

  • Roy Hay, ‘Saved by the Library’, The Yorker, Journal of the Melbourne Cricket Club Library, Issue 80, Summer 2023–2024, pp. 13–14.
  • 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.


Preserving Memory: Major Conservation Projects for the MHM Core Exhibition
7.00pm, 20 February 2024
Melbourne Holocaust Museum, Elsternwick

How do museums ensure the preservation of historical artefacts, and what are some of the considerations – technical, cultural and ethical – that conservation experts are guided by ? With a close look at three major conservation projects, this panel discussion will highlight the critical work undertaken in preparation for the installation of MHM’s new core exhibition, Everybody Had A Name. More details and registration information is available here.

CCH Research Grants

Our very popular CCH Grant Program is on again this year. We have changed the grant guidelines for 2024, so it is important that you read the new guidelines before you apply for a grant. Check out the guidelines and the application forms in our hub site.

CCH Shut Up and Write

CCH Shut Up and Write
every Monday, 9-12, via Zoom.

Start the week strong with a Shut Up and Write! We will run 3 x 50 minute focussed blocks, with breaks in between to chat, grab coffees, etc. All CCH colleagues welcome, especially ECRs, HDRs, and those who work remotely.

The zoom link is here. (Meeting ID: 822 0730 8335, Password: 65182364)
If you have any trouble joining, contact Mia at mia.martinhobbs@deakin.edu.au


There is an expression of interest open for community representatives for Kim barne thaliyu / Geelong Heritage Centre’s Collection Advisory Committee. It would be a great opportunity for HDRs and ECRs! You can find out more information at this link.


AHA Conference – Home Truths
1st – 4th July, Flinders University

The AHA Conference Call for Papers is open until the 24th February. You can find more details 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.

Cover Photo

Collie Public School – part of the teachers evidence to show he could not return to Collie in time to open school, 1927. Source: State Archives and Records Authority of New South Wales.