1. Introducing History Service – Local History


The phrase “think global, act local” has been attributed to Scots town planner and social activist Patrick Geddes. The idea encapsulates the vision of Dr Buch for Queensland social histories. Most local historians fail to see the interconnections between the geographical scales and migrating cultural values across the sphere. Too many local histories read as static snapshots, isolated pieces of fluff divorced from the larger fabric of life.


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2019 Australia Historians Conference, at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, from Monday 8 – Friday 12 July 2019.

I will be presenting a paper on ‘“A prophet is without honour only in his hometown, among his relatives, and in his own household”: Local History and Global Learning – A Historical Mapping of Brisbane Thinkers and Their Local Environment 1859-1959.’


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This month only! If you ask for a service in Local History, you will get 10% off the marketplace professional rate!




The above announcement is a piece of satire. Like all satire, there is a grain of truth. People sometimes do not get satire, so I will explain. Public history was once supported by public institutions. Under the narrative of neo-liberal economies, public history is now expected to be supported by the market. The problem, as explained by the best and honest economists, is that there are some areas of society that are not meant to be placed on the market, those areas that can never be ‘efficient’ (in reality) through competition policy. Researched education, learning and scholarship, is one of those areas.


Since neo-liberal politicians have won the day, those of us who are professional humanities and social science workers have been forced into a choice, with the exception in the paper-thin token number of colleagues, luck enough to have one of the very few positions still open at universities, or other public institutions.  We are forced to choose to abandon our careers in professional research, even as we have proved ourselves in higher degrees and quality publications, OR we place our services to the marketplace, until the day returns when we are sufficiently employed back in the public sphere.


The grain of truth in the above satire piece is that I will provide a history service for a price, negotiable around the Professional Historians Australia fee scale.  The other business option is lobbying for the return of public funding levels to public institutions for the sufficient employment of professional researchers.


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Neville Buch (Pronounced Book) Ph.D. is a certified member of the Professional Historians Association (Queensland). Since 2010 he has operated a sole trade business in history consultancy. He was a Q ANZAC 100 Fellow 2014-2015 at the State Library of Queensland. Dr Buch was the PHA (Qld) e-Bulletin, the monthly state association’s electronic publication, and was a member of its Management Committee. He is the Managing Director of the Brisbane Southside History Network.

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