Second Eric Richards Symposium in British and Australasian History

Hosted by UNE History (School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences).


Monday 2 September – Wednesday 4 September 2019

Important dates

Abstracts due
31 May 2019

Registrations now open


University of New England, Armidale NSW, AUSTRALIA


Dr Matthew Allen

Dr Erin Ihde

Dr Andrew Piper

Associate Professor David Roberts

Associate Professor Richard Scully

Associate Professor Dr Nathan Wise


UNE History is pleased to host this symposium honouring the late Eric Richards (1940-2018), who was a giant in the field of migration history. Eric arrived in Australia as a 'ten-pound Pom' in 1963, and spent most of his academic life at the Flinders University of South Australia, where he rose in prominence, becoming deeply involved in a range of history societies and committees. Both his dedication and services to history and his academic work have been well-acknowledged.

This symposium is about sharing and promoting the academic work Eric was so passionate about, particularly Australia's Scottish and Irish migrant history.


Abstracts of 200 words (and a short bio of no more than 100 words) should be submitted to Associate Professor Richard Scully via email no later than 31 MAY 2019.


We are pleased to welcome keynotes from:

  • Professor Angela McCarthy (Otago), Scottish and Irish history expert and author of Migration, Ethnicity, and Madness: New Zealand, 1860-1910 (2015) as well as leading historian of Australasian migration.
  • Dr Jayne Persian (USQ), leading historian of Australian migration and author of Beautiful Balts: From Displaced Persons to New Australians (Sydney, 2017)
  • Associate Professor Andrekos Varnava (Flinders), author of Serving the Empire in the Great War (Manchester, 2017) and close colleague of Eric Richards.


Please contact Associate Professor Richard Scully for all general enquiries:

UNE History thanks Professor Joy Damousi, President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, for the gracious support and sponsorship provided by the Academy to this symposium.

Keynote Address

Professor Angela McCarthy

University of Otago

New Zealand

Keynote Address

Dr Jayne Persian

University of Southern Queensland

Toowoomba, Queensland

Keynote Address

Associate Professor Andrekos Varnava

Flinders University of South Australia

Adelaide, South Australia

Travel to Armidale

Quietly sitting 475 kilometres north-west of Sydney in the NSW Northern Tablelands, Armidale balances a city-esque vibe amid a country landscape. This seemingly sleepy country town is in fact a buzzing urban centre with an impressive catalogue of galleries, museums, music gigs and theatre performances. There's a bounty of cafés and restaurants, many of which focus on local ingredients, as well as picturesque national parks, majestic waterfalls and plenty of walking trails to get your fill of country air. Suffice to say, its cover has been blown.

— Australian Traveller

Conference venue: University of New England (Armidale campus), Armidale NSW 2351, AUSTRALIA — Building E11, (Arts Building), Arts Road.

Travel information: for travel to and around Armidale please consult: Travelling To Armidale

UNE's Armidale campus

For more information about the Armidale campus and facilities (including a map) browse the information provided at Campus Life.

Getting around Armidale — travel options to the campus

Taxis — Armidale Cabs offers a taxi service throughout Armidale and Uralla. The phone number is 131 008. A fare from the airport to the CBD or to the university is approximately $25 (estimate only).

Buses — a bus service runs from Armidale town to the UNE campus.

Car — you'll need to pay for parking on the Armidale campus.


Accommodation is available on campus, or in Armidale town (for which you would need to organise transport to the campus - public or private). The options below are provided only as suggestions. Please contact the accommodation providers directly for prices and bookings.

On Campus

The conference takes place during term time, but beds are available at UNE’s Residential Colleges. These offer student-style accommodation with a variety of formats standard rooms and shared bathroom facilities. Available to both men and women.

In Armidale town

Rural Stay (B&B and self-contained accommodation options in Armidale)

Cotswold Gardens, 34 Marsh St,  +612 6772 8222

Quality Hotel Powerhouse, 31 Marsh St,  +612 6772 7788

Lindsay House, 128 Faulkner St, +612 6771 4554

Sandstock Motor Inn, 101 Dumaresq St,  +612 6772 9988

Abbotsleigh Inn, 76 Barney St,  +612 6772 9488

Near the airport (private transport recommended)

Moore Park Inn, 63 Moore Park Lane, +612 6772 2358

There is a wide range of accommodation in Armidale to suit all budgets. Please consult the Armidale Tourist Information Centre for more information.

Conference registration period and costs





Full conference



Single day  $65$85

Conference registration now open

  • Early-bird rates: closed 30 June 2019
  • Regular rates: 1 July – 2 September 2019

Concessions are available for:

  • Students (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Secondary school teachers
  • High school students accompanied by a teacher, parent, or guardian
  • Retirees.

Please note:

All costs are provided in Australian dollars.

Click here to register.

Program: Download a conference program (PDF).

The venue for the Conference is Building E11 – Arts Building – at UNE, Armidale campus.
All sessions will be held in Arts Lecture Theatre 2 (A2) on the Ground Floor of E11.

Tours of historic mansion Booloominbah and of the University of New England Museum of Antiquities (UNEMA) will be made available for interested attendees.

See Campus Map