June 2018 Guest Speaker, Melanie Nolan

Our speaker was Melanie Nolan, the general editor of the Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB). Here is a short version of her talk, including her answers to questions from the floor. [Photo: ANU School of History]

Melanie began with an acknowledgement of country.

The ADB began in 1957, led by Keith Hancock, with the aim of establishing a federal dictionary project. Hancock had a history of involvement with the UK Dictionary of National Biography. The ADB’s first employee was Ann Moyal. Her work duties included driving round in her car, all over Australia organising working parties and drumming up support for the dictionary project. Douglas Pike was appointed as first editor, not Ann, in 1962. In 2006 the dictionary went online, free. It now gets 60 million hits a year. So far there are 13,000 articles. The ANU continues to be a strong supporter. Files not yet online are all available to be consulted at the ANU archives. The current crop of biographies includes people who died between 1991 and 2000; it will be a decade’s work. Once the articles go online, and then taking into account any feedback, they will be published in book form. Continue reading

Don’s Calendar of Events, July 2018

14 to 30 July: various literary events – see litbits@canberratimes.com.au

19 July: Launch of “Captain Cook’s Apprentice” by Anthony Hill, Harry Hartog Bookshop, Westfield, Woden, 6pm RSVP 62325832

20 July: Songs of Joni Mitchell – Kate Miller, Heidke, etc. Phone 62752700 canberratheatrecentre.com.au

21 July: Women of Wonder Market, Tuggeranong Shopping Centre, 10am-2pm

21 July: Repower Queanbeyan Launch, hosted by Nature Conservation Council of NSW, Queanbeyan Library, 11am-12:30pm https://www.facebook.com/events/2113719325507650/

21 July: Refugee Rally, Five Years on Manus Island and Nauru, Refugee Action Committee, Canberra, Commonwealth Park (near north end of Commonwealth Bridge), 1pm

22 July: Arab Souq (Market) Festival, National Museum, 11am-3pm, Free entry http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/so-that-you-might-know-each-other/events

26 to 28 July: Dark Emu, Canberra Theatre Centre, Phone 62752700 canberratheatrecentre.com.au

28-29 July: Handmade Market, Exhibition Park

29 July: Rugby-League – the Musical, Brian Carnahan, Street Theatre, 7:30pm

29 July: Cystic Fibrosis Charity Day, Canberra Yacht Club, santashuffle.org.au

31 July: Australian Aborigines in the Boer War, Liam Pieper, National Library, RSVP 62621111

2 to 5 August: Stronger Than Fiction, Documentary Film Festival, Palace Cinema

2 August: Tommy Emanuel, Phone 62752700, canberratheatre.com.au

4 August: Gammacon Pop Culture Festival, Exhibition Park

4 August: Stop Adani Rally, Garema Place, 12pm

6 August: Hiroshima Day Vigil, Nara Peace Park, Lennox Gardens, Yarralumla, 5:15pm for a 5:30pm start, until 6pm, http://honesthistory.net.au/wp/wp-content/uploads/Hiroshima_DayACT.pdf

6 August: That Poetry Thing: NiloofarFanaiyan (Israel) and Anita Patel (Canberra), Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, 76 Alinga St, Canberra City, 7-9pm, $5 on the door, includes open mic

7-8 August: Digital ID Show, National Convention Centre, idshow.com.au

9 August: meet fantasy author Sam Hawke, presenting ‘City of Lies’, Harry Hartog Bookseller, light refreshments provided, 6pm for 6:30, free, RSVP 62325832 or woden@harryhartog.com.au

9 to 12 August: Craft and Quilt Fair, Exhibition Park

10 to 12 August: Woden Seniors Book Fair, 12 Corinna Street

10 August to 18 November: 30 Works of Art by Prince Charles, National Gallery

10 August for six months: Heath Ledger Exhibition, National Film and Sound Archive

11 to 19 August: National Science Week, scienceweek.net.au

12 August: Free open day at National Library, 10am-4pm

13 August: Dr Joseph Gerson, “Is Nuclear Disarmament Possible?”, 5.30pm, Staff Library, ANU College of Law, first floor.

14 August: Weapons In Space, by Roy Sach, Hughes Community Centre, 12:30pm, $2 entry, RSVP 0414258745

17 August: Bach In The Dark, ANU School of Music, eventbrite.com.au

18 August: Daniel Deniehy Memorial Lecture, by Geoff Gallop, Goulburn, for details contact 0414487915

22 August: Aborigines in the Media, Dr Elizabeth Burrows, National Library, 5:15pm, RSVP 62621111

22 August: Book launch, Olfat Mahmoud, ‘Tears for Tarshiha,’ 6pm Parliament House, rsvp, jenny.howard@aph.gov.au. Also Dinner with Olfat, Delhi 6 restaurant, Thursday 23 August. $45/$40. Bookings via Trybooking, ph. 0417 269 984.

23 August: IPAN Dinner with Palestinian refugee, Dr Olfat Mahmoud, Delhi 6 restaurant, https://ipan.org.au/event/dinner-with-palestinian-refugee-dr-olfat-mahmoud-6-30pm-thursday-23-august-2018/, 6:30-9:30pm, $40/$45, bookings essential – https://www.trybooking.com/394919

23 to 26 August: Canberra Writers’ Festival, canberrawritersfestival.com.au

24 August to 11 November: American Masters 1940-1980, Jackson Pollock, etc., Australian National Gallery, https://nga.gov.au/exhibitions/

26 August: The Scribe, world premier of this film about Graham Freudenberg (who will be there), by Ruth Cullen. 4 pm to 6 pm, Members’ Dining Room, Museum of Australian Democracy (aka Old Parliament House). Tickets $25, $20 (concession), $15 (junior). https://www.canberrawritersfestival.com.au/event/scribe-world-premiere


Don’s Calendar of Events, June 2018


18 June: 7pm Not Very Quiet Journal presents From Wench We Came: Yass and Binalong poets Jane Baker, Victoria McGrath, Lizz Murphy and Robyn Sykes, Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Civic, $5 entry, no open mic.

19 June: 6pm Oppy: the Life of Sir Hubert Opperman by Danial Oakman launch, National Library of Australia bookshop, free – bookings http://www.nla.gov.au

20 June: 6am-10pm World Refugee Day Telethon featuring Gillian Triggs, Tamie Fraser and many more – phone 1300 692 772, http://www.asrc.org.au/telethon

20 June: 12:40pm Canberra Grammar Cello Choir Wesley Music Centre, National Circuit, Barton – http://www.wesleycanberra.org.au

20 June: 5:30pm Why the 1940s matter in transforming Australia, David Vines, National Library – RSVP 6262 1111

21 and 22 June: 9am Timor-Leste Update, Hedley Bull Centre, ANU, Liversidge Street & Garran Road, free – RSVP 6262 1111

21 June: 10:30 People with Disabilities Morning Tea, Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street, Civic

23 June: 9am to 2pm Seniors Centre Fete, 10 Watson Street, Turner

24 June: 2pm Michelle Grattan speaking on her book, Back on the Wool Track, Tuggeranong Homestead, Johnon Drive, Richardson, $20 includes Devonshire tea, bookings essential – phone Jenny on 6231 4535 or email robhorsfield@bigpond.com

24 June: 3pm Lisa Portolan’s Happy As! featured at The Muse, $12 includes a drink – http://www.musecanberra.com.au

25 June: That Poetry Thing featuring Canberra performance poet Tahi Atea, Sydney poet Michele Seminara and Nauru survivor and poet Ravi Nagaveeran, Poseidon Room, Helenic Club, City, 13 Moore Street $5 entry, shorter open mic.

27 June: 11:30am Australian Girls Choir Parliament House Foyer

29 June to 1 July: Mid-Winter Fair Yarralumla Uniting Church Centre, Denman Street, Yarralumla

3 July: 4pm Panel discussion on the significance of 1968 National Library, $20 includes refreshments – RSVP 6262 1111

4 July: 6pm Meet the Author event – Bob Carr speaking on his new book, Run for your Life. Tearing up the Rules on Political Memoirs, Coombs Lecture Theatre, ANU, free ANU/Canberra Times – bookings at http://www.anu.edu.au/events or phone 6125 4144

5 July: 6pm Meet the Author event – Katharine Murphy with Michelle Grattan on Murphy’s new book, On Disruption, Molonglo Lecture Theatre, Crawford Building, ANU, free ANU/Canberra Times – bookings http://www.anu.edu.au/events or phone 6125 4144

6 July: now deferred for a date to be fixed

12:15 to 1:15pm Parliamentary processes from an Indigenous perspective, The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, The Hon Linda Burney MP and Senator Patrick Dodson, Australian Senate Occasional Lecture Season, Main Committe Room, Parliament House, free – enquiries Senate Procedure Office, phone 6277 3074 or email research.sen@aph.gov.au or watch live on http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/Lectures

7 July to 4 November: exhibition showing Artwork in Parliament House, part of 30th anniversary of Parliament House, Canberra Museum and Art Gallery

8 July: 2pm The Royal Hartley Lifecare High Tea and Fashion Parade Albert Hall – phone 6282 4411, http://www.hartley.org.au/event/royal-hartley-high-tea/

10 July: 6pm 1968 – Then and Now – protests in France, etc., Prof. Robert Gildea (Oxford), National Library – RSVP 6262 1111

11 to 29 July: Scandinavian Film Festival Palace Cinema – http://www.scandinavianfilmfestival.com

12 July: 7pm Manning Clark Memorial Lecture by Chris Uhlmann R.N. Robertson Building, 46 Sullivans Creek Road, ANU, $20 MCH members, $25 non-members – RSVP 6295 9433 or 0405 064176

13 to 15 July: Lifeline Book Fair Tuggeranong Southern Cross Club Stadium – http://www.actlifeline.org.au

18 July: 6pm Meet the Author event – Professor David Christian, co-founder with Bill Gates of The Big History Project, on his new book, Origin Story. A Big History of Everything, Molonglo Lecture Theatre, Crawford Building, ANU, free ANU/Canberra Times – bookings http://www.anu.edu.au/events or phone 6125 4144

21 July: 6pm Kurrajong Hotel Great Gatsby Gala – phone 6234 4444, http://www.hotelkurrajong.com.au

28 July: “Super Saturday” 5 Federal by-elections

28 to29 July: Handmade Market Exhibition Park