University of Melbourne Archives


Fictional Beginnings: Using material from the University of Melbourne Archives

UMA staff will be speaking at the Yarra Plenty Regional Library’s Fourth Annual Booklover’s Festival. This session is for anyone interested in local history, writing an historical fiction novel, researching for a larger project, or wanting to unlock hidden secrets of the city. The session introduces the archives and discusses the collections held, how to access the archives and gives examples of how authors have used the archives to create their novels.

3-4pm Thursday 10 July Ivanhoe Library, 255 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe. Bookings essential:

Transmissions: Archiving HIV/AIDS - Melbourne 1979-2014

Curated by Michael Graf and Russell Walsh

Transmissions is an exhibition of manuscripts, posters and other material from private collections and public archives to coincide with the 20th International AIDS Conference to be held in Melbourne in July.

It will examine the nexus between government, policy makers, health professionals, and Melbourne’s gay community.

The exhibition will focus on key events through primary source material drawn from the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, The University of Melbourne Archives, and other public and private collections. This material vividly evokes the history of the pandemic in Melbourne, and a major outcome of the exhibition will be, to promote the rich holdings of these collections.

Transmissions will present works by Juan Davila, Andrew Foster, Brent Harris, Mathew Jones, Peter Lyssiotis, Lex Middleton, Andi Nellssun, Scott Redford, and Ross T Smith.

14-25 July at the George Paton Gallery, 2nd floor Union House. Click here for details.

Witness Seminar: communication and health policy creation during the Australian AIDS crisis

The Australian response to the AIDS crisis was one of the most effective in the world, marked by cooperation between government, community groups and academic researchers.

Under a new reforming Federal Government, a debate raged against a context of new medical discoveries, a long campaign for gay rights, and an often panicked and denunciatory media coverage.

This Witness Seminar will bring together academics and contemporary representatives of government and gay and community health activists, to retrace the events unfolding during the height of the crisis. Produced by the University of Melbourne's History of the University Unit with support from the Cultural and Community Relations fund and staff of the Cultural Development Unit.

11.15am-1.15pm July 20, Clarendon Auditorium, 2 Clarendon St, South Wharf, Melbourne. Bookings essential.

Somewhere in France: Talk at the Alliance Française Melbourne Salon

“Somewhere in France” is a teaching and research initiative jointly developed by the French Studies program at the University of Melbourne (Diane de Saint Léger) and the University of Melbourne Archives (Katie Wood) that aims to explore the Australian experiences of the war. This project is based on the rich and diverse WWI collections held at UMA and provides a snapshot of soldiers’ experiences in France.

The UMA collections include the war diaries and other documents and memorabilia of young soldiers and medical students who served on the Western Front. The testimonies of these men and women are captured through a rich and diverse range of memorabilia including post cards, pressed flowers from the battle field, Christmas menus and entertainment guides, photos, letters to loved ones and provide a moving and captivating account of their time abroad.

Diane de Saint Léger and Katie Wood will present and discuss material held in the collection which is, on the occasion of the commemoration of the “Great War”, an opportunity to bring to the fore the long-lasting ties that exist between France and Australia. The presentation will include a segment by John Drury: 'Dernancourt and Adelaide: Madame Mouchette and the Aftermath of the 1st World War'.

Cover charge payable on the night (includes cheese and wine) – cash only please: $15
Bookings essential:; 03 9925 2264 (numbers limited). For more information visit the Alliance Française website.

Kiffy Rubbo and The George Paton Gallery: Curating the 1970s

A dynamic and unique force in Australian art, Kiffy Rubbo was director of the Ewing (later the George Paton) Gallery, at the University of Melbourne Student Union, 1971-1980. For the first time, her major role in Australian visual culture as well as her legacy are explored. Her curatorial strategies and the narratives she proposed about contemporary art are investigated together with the Gallery's radical agenda.

With Meredith Rogers, assistant director (1974-1979), Rubbo devised an innovative and inclusive program presenting a wide range of artforms. Under Rubbo's leadership, the Gallery became a vital, nationally recognised venue, the first institutionally supported experimental art space. The University of Melbourne Archives holds the George Paton Gallery's archival collection.

This lecture and symposium features a wonderful array of guest speakers, including Frances Lindsay, Micky Allan, Carolyn Barnes, Sandra Bridie, Janine Burke, Bridie Carter, Peter Cripps, Domenico de Clario, Rachel Fensham, Elizabeth Gower, Grazia Gunn, Lyndal Jones, Shaune Lakin, Anne Marsh, Jill Orr, Matthew Perkins, Meredith Rogers, Anna Rubbo, Stelarc, Peter Tyndall.

29-30 August, University of Melbourne. For more information and registration, click here.

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