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Australians and the Past: a national study into the ways Australians learn about, value and act on their history.

Funding: 1999: $34,000
2000: $36,000
2001: $34,000

Project Member(s): Goodall, H., Hamilton, P., Ashton, P.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Tranby Aboriginal College (Tranby Aboriginal College Partner Funds)
History Teachers' Association of NSW (History Teachers Association Partner Funds)
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC Partnership Funding)
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
Australian Research Council (ARC SPIRT (Strategic Partnerships with Industry Re)

Start year: 1999

Summary: This project will investigate the processes by which the general public learn about, evaluate and make use of the past. In seeking to document and understand the historical sensibilties of contemporary Australian society, the project aims to both inform and influence educational curriculum development and cultural policy relevant to history and heritage. Direct outcomes for industry partners will include policy reports, radio programs, public forums, an exhibition, primary records, and discussion papers. The project will have significance for professional historians, museum officers and curators history educators, community groups, broadcasters, film makers and heritage practitioners.


Hamilton, PI 2003, 'Sale of the Century? Memory and historical consciousness in Australia' in Hodgkin, K & Radstone, S (eds), Contested Pasts: The politics of memory, Routledge, London, UK, pp. 136-152.

Hamilton, PI & Ashton, P 2003, 'At Home with the Past: Background and Initial Findings from the National Survey', Australian Cultural History, vol. 22, pp. 5-30.

Goodall, H 2002, 'Too early yet or not soon enough? Reflections on 'sharing' histories as process not collection', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 33, no. 118, pp. 7-24.

Hamilton, PI 2000, 'Blood Money? Race and Nation in Australian Public History', Radical History Review, vol. 76, no. 76, pp. 188-207.

Keywords: Australian history; cultural history; education; museums; popular culture

FOR Codes: Humanities, History: Australian