1 Sep 2020 Monthly Event
Eureka Centre is back with another live-streamed edition of Talking History @ Eureka. Join Beth Kicinski as she takes a look at the Phoenix Foundry and the social history hidden in Ballarat’s industrial heritage. This lecture will be streamed live on Facebook.
The Phoenix Foundry operated for almost 50 years on a site in the centre of Ballarat. For a time, it was a local icon that achieved international fame. Many products flowed from its gates. Many dignitaries walked through its workshops. Many families depended upon its success for their own financial stability. In this lecture, Beth highlights how, through the stories of the people whose lives intersected with it, the Phoenix Foundry was not just a source of metal products, it was a source of noteworthy cultural ones.
A native of Ballarat, Beth’s interest in Ballarat’s metalworking past began with a scholarship project to help populate pages of the Ballarat and District Industrial Heritage Project – a wiki created and managed by Federation University’s Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre. Her efforts are concentrated on the use of digital technologies in the collection, collation and analysis of historical information. In particular, she is fascinated with how current methods of social network analysis may be applied to historical research and how this may illuminate new understandings of the past.
1 Sep 2020