November 12, 2019 Meeting

At our next meeting, in November, Simon Pockley will come to show us how he used technology to 'do' history. This is part of the (slow) development of a website so that members can see how using web technologies offers a new and important way of combining documents for the future, or should we say, for longevity.

The magic in what Simon has to show is the ability to connect things - history, like lots of disciploines, is never just a matter of a dateline, or even an annotated dateline. Making sense of what we know, or can provide evidence for, and what we think might have happened; what are the circumstances as we understand them now and what were they understood to be at the time we are investigating.

Simon created an outstanding hypertext story about Australia's past. In his words:

The Flight of Ducks is an Australian on-line documentary spanning more than 80 years. It has been continuously developed online since 1995. In January 1933, F.J.A. Pockley (my father) travelled to Central Australia as a student member of a Sydney University research team. Soon after arriving at Hermannsburg Mission he undertook a private camel expedition through the Western MacDonell Ranges to Mount Liebig. He brought back a pencil written journal, cinefilm, photographs and Aboriginal objects. The collection provides a unique window into the end of the frontier period when there were still isolated groups of Aborigines yet to experience contact with 'whites'. My father's companions on this journey were interesting and remarkable men. They were: Hezekial, a senior Aboriginal lawman and guide; linguist, T.G.H. Strehlow; artist, Arthur Murch and animal and skull collector, Stanley Larnach.

You can see for yourself at

If you or your colleagues are interested in history, including how to do history, this should be a good session for you.

Following this session, Peter Poteralski will update members on new Apple releases.

Guests are always welcome.