The Post War Project in Western Australia

This one is a paper I wrote for an Engineering Heritage conference, held in the Old Parliament House in Canberra.  A lovely location and a good conference.  It was published in the conference proceedings.  It pulls together a lot of work I’d done on Main Roads Western Australia, the State Electricity Commission of Western Australia … More The Post War Project in Western Australia

The history of Australian fandom at Continuum

At last year’s Melbourne convention we held a panel item about the history of fandom in Australia.  On the panel were me (as moderator), Lee Harding, Dick Jenssen and Rob Gerrand. The panel discussed the beginnings of modern fandom, mainly in Melbourne, in the 1950s, including earlier exposure to science fiction, the public attitude to … More The history of Australian fandom at Continuum

A History of Government and Administration in Victoria

In 2001 or thereabouts I was commissioned by the Victorian Department of Natural Resources to prepare a thematic study of the heritage of government and administration in Victoria.  Part of that process was to write a history of the topic before going on to a more detailed study of the built environment associated with that … More A History of Government and Administration in Victoria

An Annotated Chronology of Australian SF Fandom, version 2

For a change, something which has yet to see the light of day elsewhere.  I will be producing paper copies of this chronology for a panel session about ‘Australian SF Fandom in the 1960s’ to be held at the coming Melbourne Speculative Fiction, Continuum XIV, over the long weekend in June.  It will appear in … More An Annotated Chronology of Australian SF Fandom, version 2

Australian Government Decisions about Civil Aviation to 1923

I’ve been working on this project since before I left the Public Service in 1987. While I was doing some research for my Honours Thesis in the Australian Archive (now National Australian Archive) I came across a shelf of folders which were photocopies of all the Cabinet decisions made by the various Commonwealth governments since … More Australian Government Decisions about Civil Aviation to 1923