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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: $37,000
2000: $37,000
2001: $40,000

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

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Large Grant)

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 sensibilities of contemporary Australian society, the project aims to both inform and influence educational curriculum development; and cultural policy relevant to history and heritage. The putcomes will include a major monograph, discussion papers, public forums, radio programs, a web site and an exhibition. The project will have significance for professional historians, history educatiors, 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.

FOR Codes: Humanities, History: Australian