12 - Heritage Council and its works Dr Stuart Forbes Macintyre – 1 session from 10.00 to 12.00 on Monday 25 March
It is often in the news and often because it seems under threat. The pressures of population increase and construction result regularly in the loss of familiar landmarks. Victoria has a dual system of heritage protection. The Heritage Council of Victoria determines what places of State significance are afforded protection and Heritage Victoria assists it with the administration of State heritage, and the Aboriginal Heritage Council deals with places of Indigenous heritage. There are currently several thousand places on the State register. Local Government on the other hand is responsible for places considered of local significance and some 160,000 places are listed on heritage overlays. This distinction is not widely understood and leads to confusion and frustration when heritage is at risk. This presentation will explain how these arrangements were made and explore their implications.
19 - History of WW2 - The Dunera Incident Christian Fletcher - 1 session from 10.00 to 12.00 on Tuesday 26 February
In 1940 there were about 65,000 people of German, Austrian or Czech origin in Britain. After the Dunkirk disaster with the xenophobia by the British public at its highest, Churchill decided to ‘Collar the Lot’, that is, intern them all. Canada and Australia were asked to take some of these internees and agreed to do so with Australia agreeing to take about 6000. A number of ships were dispatched to Canada, with one the Andorra Star, being torpedoed with heavy loss of life. A week later those rescued were placed with another group, 2,500 in total, on the ship HMT Dunera and sent to Australia. This session is concerned with what happened in Britain, on the journey and in Australia afterwards.
41 - Zionism: a case study in Nationalism Assoc Prof Peter Schattner – 3 weekly sessions from 2.00 to 3.30 on Wednesdays 20 February to 6 March
This 3 part series will examine one form of nationalism – Zionism - to illustrate the history and moral dilemmas that arise from the pursuit of people’s national interest. Although the main emphasis of this presentation will be on Jewish nationalism, there will be opportunities to discuss the similarities and differences to other nation building projects. Lecture 1: The rise of nationalism in the modern era. Lecture 2: Varieties of Zionism until the establishment of Israel. Lecture 3: Zionism since 1948 and especially its role in diaspora Jewry.
51 - France and the French in Australia’s growth to Nationhood Prof Colin Nettelbeck - 2 sessions from 10.00 to 11.30 on Thursdays 14 and 21 March
In the more than 200 years of relations between France and Australia the ambiguities and complexities of the period that spans the two world wars of the 20th Century are of special interest. This lecture will argue that the specific role of France and the French in Australia’s growth to nationhood deserves much more close attention than it has received to date. It will show how, from a military alliance of WWI to the appointment of Australia’s first ambassador to France in 1945, the tension between attempts to forge closer bonds, on the one hand, and frequently resurgent distrust and conflict on the other, were crucial to Australia’s self-image and self-positioning as an emerging nation in a dramatically unstable geo-political world.
62 - Diggers and Poilus: French Australian connections on the Western Front Pauline Georgelin - 1 session from 10.00 to 12.00 on Friday 22 March
The centenary of WWI has led to a growing awareness of the special relationship between Villers-Bretonneux and Australia and of the role Victorians played in the reconstruction of the town. Every year thousands of Australians attend the Anzac Day service there, and visit the Australian Remembrance Trail. This presentation will explore some of the less well known aspects of French Australian relations during WW1.
69 – 1,000 years of Eastern European Jewry Assoc Prof Peter Schattner - 3 weekly sessions from 2.00 to 3.45 on Wednesdays 22 and 29 May and 5 June
This 3-part series will describe the story of the Jews in Poland and Russia from their first introduction to the region 1,000 years ago, to their virtual demise in Eastern Europe in the mid-20th century. Topics will include the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Council of Four Lands, the ‘golden age’ of Polish Jewry, religious changes, especially the conflict between Hasidim and their ‘opponents’, life under the Tsars in the ‘Pale of Settlement’, the impact of anti-Semitism, and the future of Jewish life in the East. The series will comprise formal lectures, lots of discussion and readings.