History is all around us – we just have to open our eyes

Queen Adelaide (from the publication: The story of Adelaide)

Queen Adelaide
(from the publication: The story of Adelaide)

It is four weeks since I last posted anything on my blog.  It is not because I haven’t done anything interesting, but I like to keep my posts different to the mundane activities of daily life.  My PhD writing is in the final stages – I know I keep saying that – with my new supervisor reading the thesis for the first time.  While there are suggestions and recommendations to ‘tighten up’ some of the language and add a few more references in a few places, overall he seems satisfied.  I’m treating his review as the independent examination before it goes out to the two official independent examiners – one in Australia and one overseas.

I have a couple of other projects running concurrently as well – in addition to teaching one undergraduate class (of 30 students) and stepping in for a Graduate Diploma subject whilst a colleague is overseas.  A few weeks ago I commenced the oral history research of my mother-in-law, Vida Liebelt.  The project is titled: Vida – a pastor’s wife.  So far there have been ten interviews and about eleven hours or recorded material.  Approximately six hours have been transcribed and I’m gradually undertaking the painstakingly detailed challenge of checking and correcting the transcripts against the voice.  I expect that there will be another two interviews, but I will conduct them once I have all the transcripts up to date and I can look for any gaps in the narrative.  More of this will evolve over the coming weeks and months.

About five weeks back I wrote a piece titled: Where are they now?  It was about discovering a 1965 order of service and dinner menue for 92 Queen’s Scout recipients – of whom I was one.  The research is slowly progressing.  I have met with two other Queen’s Scouts from that year and later this week I will be having lunch with one of the official party from the dinner.  While I am still unsure whether this will develop into a project or not, I’m certainly enjoying meeting with some of my fellow recipients.  There will be further updates on this as well.

During the week I heard a presentation from the Queen Adelaide Society Inc. and then on Friday (last) I visited the West Terrace Cemetary.  Both were interesting and offered some  opportunities for research community involvement as well.

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