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Join historians Sarah Luke (Macquarie University) and Professor Paul Ashton (University of Technology Sydney) in conversation with Dr Jacqueline Wilson (Australian Catholic University).
Sarah Luke (Macquarie University): What happens when memories fade and urban myths flood the halls of old sandstone institutions? Sarah Luke will consider how historical context can help us navigate the original intentions of institutional welfare sites, like Callan Park in Rozelle, even when misunderstandings and assumptions speak the loudest. Sarah Luke is a teacher and author. Her first book, Callan Park, Hospital for the Insane (2018), was shortlisted for the 2019 NSW Premier’s History Awards. Her second book, Like a Wicked Noah’s Ark: The Nautical School Ships Vernon & Sobraon was published in 2020. She is currently a PhD student researching the life of Dr Frederic Norton Manning, NSW’s first Inspector General of the Insane.
Professor Paul Ashton (University of Technology Sydney): The Parramatta Female Factory Precinct is one of the most powerful places in Australia. It can tell us much about Australian history and society and transnational connections to other parts of the world. It can tell us about the development of many things including the welfare state, the evolution of silent systems of institutionalisation, medical history, the heritage industry and urban politics. But who has the authority to interpret and present it? Paul Ashton is adjunct at and co-founder of the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology Sydney. His publications include What is Public History Globally? (Bloomsbury) and Once Upon a Time: Australian Writers on Using the Past. He is a Board member of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Association.
History Now is a series of public talks and discussions, bringing new perspectives to all aspects of historical practice. The series is designed to encourage engagement with the writing, making and creating of histories. It is a collaboration between the Australian Centre for Public History, UTS and the State Library of NSW. The convenors for 2022–23 are Paula Hamilton and Paul Ashton.