My honours thesis, Queensland’s Bible in State Schools Referendum 1910: A Case Study of Democracy, is now available to download from the University of Sydney eScholarship Repository. I found a fascinating era of Queensland’s history where women, Labour politicians and the Protestant clergymen of the Bible in State Schools League grappled with the issue of whether Bible lessons should be reintroduced in Queensland’s state schools. In this post I share some of my research experiences and the reasons why I enjoyed researching this history.
It was with great sadness that we learned that history teacher, Ms Ann Hardy, died in an accident while on holiday in Thailand. She was one of a group of special teachers at my children’s high school. This post is a reprint of an obituary written by the school principal for the school newsletter.
Today is the last day of Reconciliation Week for 2013 and what a tumultuous week it has been. In this post I reflect on the speeches of two Aboriginal speakers I heard yesterday who shared their understanding of reconciliation as well as reflecting on what events of this week have taught us.