2015 Hugh Williamson Foundation Fellows at Archives conclude projects

Dr Sharon Huebner and Dr Rod Buchanan, the 2015 Hugh Williamson Foundation Fellows at the University of Melbourne Archives, have both concluded their projects with presentations to full houses.

Documents concerning intelligence work at Bletchley Park in WWII were embargoed until 2012. Since then, one by one, stories of Bletchley alumni have come to light. During the course of his Fellowship Rod Buchanan has revealed the part played by Oscar Oeser through recent additions to the Oeser collection transferred to the Archives in 2014. This fascinating story was presented in a lecture as part of the 70th anniversary of the School of Psychology at Melbourne, of which Oeser was founding Professor. More

Sharon Huebner has explored the afterlife of historical photographs in the University of Melbourne Archives that picture Aboriginal people living on Victorian Aboriginal missions in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This work has created a context for the photographs that examine the historical nuances of Koori and settler cultures by using photo-based methodologies, and by also employing processes of storytelling, including oral histories alive in Indigenous communities today. Her presentation featuring Bessy Flowers, her Western A kin and Koorie descendants generated enormous interest.

Oscar Oeser's Air Ministry Headquaters Pass, c.1940s. University of Melbourne Archives

Image: Oscar Oeser's Air Ministry Headquaters Pass, c.1940s. University of Melbourne Archives