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Title: To Establish and Affirm Our Collective Identity: Armidale and District Historical Society: Its First Fifty Journals - Their Origins, Purposes, Editors and Foci
Contributor(s): Ryan, John S  (author)
Publication Date: 2007
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Abstract: This reflective if impressionistic survey essay has been quickly penned from the close perspectives of someone who has known all the Society's many editors, has served as an earlier solo editor himself and has attended the delivery of perhaps more of its papers than any other person. It is written also from a personal knowledge of the three key shaping intellectual forces for the Journal: (1) the 'New England' formative, community-bonding and adult educational and archive-collecting/using stances of its often forgotten yet shaping, nurturing and long fostering parents; (2) the greater - and, to be honest, often lesser - influence of the many Presidents and Committee members on the final choice/compromise selection of papers to be delivered, and, hopefully, to then be published by the Society; and (3) the changing positions of inputs from the closely related adult and tertiary culture/education, particularly within the "region - one both spatial and intellectual - in relation to the Society's (core of) members/readers of the Journal. It is an enduring combination of these sometimes conflicting circumstances that has been largely responsible for: (1) the distinctive nature of the Society and, indeed, of its concern to maintain historical perspective in the remarkably aware general surrounding community; (2) the pattern of content-rich and significant monthly addresses to the Society; and (3) for the selection of the last offerings which would finally appear in the (largely regular) annual Journal and Proceedings, the published historical record of all of the above cultural investigations into both historical change and persisting cultural continuities, as have been conducted by the Society since 1959-1960.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Armidale and District Historical Society Journal and Proceedings (50: Jubilee Issue), p. 1-18
Publisher: Armidale and District Historical Society
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
ISSN: 0084-6732
Field of Research (FOR): 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation
210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
169905 Studies of Pacific Peoples Societies
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 950304 Conserving Intangible Cultural Heritage
950503 Understanding Australias Past
889999 Transport not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: C2 Non-Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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