History Seminar Series, 23 August 2017 – Dr Jon Ritchie

Dr Jonathan Ritchie will present his paper titled, ‘A Historical Study of Chinese Contributions to Papua New Guinea’s Economic Development’, at this week’s History Seminar Series (Wednesday, 11am).


This paper will focus on three Papua New Guineans with Chinese heritage: the current Governor of PNG’s New Ireland Province, Sir Julius Chan; the late Sir Henry Chow; and Ms Helen Fong.  All three are descendants of the first immigrants from China who arrived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and all three have made, or are making still, substantial contributions to PNG’s economy and society.  At a time when significant attention is being given to commercial investment and official development assistance from the People’s Republic of China, reviewing the contributions made by these three people will remind us of the longevity of China’s involvement in this part of the Pacific.

Dr Ritchie is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. In this role he has helped to shape Deakin’s focus on using historical research to better comprehend contemporary social, political, and economic trends in Australia’s nearest neighbour and former colonial territory, Papua New Guinea.

History Seminar Series Cancellation- Dr Maria Tumarkin

We regret to advise that Dr Maria Tumarkin’s seminar (Wednesday 23 August, 11am), has been cancelled due to unforeseeable circumstances. Dr Tumarkin’s seminar will be re-scheduled for 2018. 

Please note that Dr Jonathan Ritchie will instead present at this week’s seminar, with details to follow shortly. 

Dr Tiffany Shellam’s Forthcoming Publication: ‘Ethnographic Inquiry on Phillip Parker King’s Hydrographic Survey’

Dr Tiffany ShellamDr Tiffany Shellam has a chapter, titled ‘Ethnographic Inquiry on Phillip Parker King’s Hydrographic Survey’, in the forthcoming publication Expeditionary Anthropology: Teamwork, Travel and the ‘Science of Man’, edited by Martin Thomas and Amanda Harris. The book will be published by Berghahn Books in January 2018.

Dr Shellam teaches Australian Indigenous history and sex and gender in Australian history. Her research focuses on the development of relationships between Aboriginal Australians and newcomers in the 19th century, particularly during exploration expeditions, in fledgling settlements and on mission stations.  Tiffany’s research projects seek to unearth Aboriginal agency and strategies for coping with colonisation.

Roy Hay’s Review of The Death and Life of Australian Soccer by Joe Gorman

Roy Hay recently reviewed The Death and Life of Australian Soccer by Joe Gorman for The Footy Almanac

Roy Hay is an Honorary Fellow at Deakin University, where he taught for 25 years, and a partner in Sports and Editorial Services Australia. He describes himself as a Deakin mongrel, because he contributed to 25 different units on a variety of subjects and disciplines for Deakin and the Open University in the UK in that time. His first book, The Origins of the Liberal Welfare Reforms, 1906–1914 is still in print 41 years after publication.