Is it Manning Clark’s History of Australia?

I’m doing some preliminary work for a media archaeology project involving a geneaology of economies of knowledge and ‘know how’. I came across the below.

From Manning Clark‘s History of Australia:

From on of the first settler accounts A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson (1793) available through the University of Sydney’s Australian Digital Collections First Fleet and Early Settlement collection:

The USyd project has been developed since 1997 and from my understanding of the situation prior to that the only way to access these first settler archives was via the State Library of NSW.

I don’t care about whether or not Clark used appropriate referencing techniques for a historian or how much he used from these early accounts. His book is ‘biblical’ narrative of Australia and is largely irrelevant for my project. Maybe Clark is working from within some other scholarly tradition of the ‘popular historian’ and never envisaged that his sources documents would be accessible to the public? It is rather disappointing when students may come across such discrepancies when part of the academic literacies skill set we teach first year undergraduates is the importance of appropriate referencing techniques.

Eventalization and Popular Culture

Below is an edited extract from my dissertation. In it I discuss my use of Foucault’s historical method, which I term, following Foucault, ‘eventalization’. It does not include any of the actual historical work and is selected from roughly 15 pages of one chapter. Plus, to conform to the blogging form, some of the footnotes have been included in the text, while others have been deleted. I am posting it here to give some of my students a sense of what it means to follow Foucault’s method beyond simply using the philosophical concepts (‘theory’) he created through his method.

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Archival references

I am fixin up the diss for submission. One of the issues I have had are the scholarly references versus archval references. How have other people addressed this? I have kept them separate with archival references footnoted and scholarly references author-dated. The footnote rferences are all over the shop in terms of format and that is what I am fixing now. Except there is about four pages of them. Uncorrected list under the fold. This list only includes the texts actually referred to in my diss, not the several hundred magazines I collected to create an archive.

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Early Magazines of Australian Modified-Car Culture

It was around 1962 that Al Crouch (East Coast Auto Parts) started a small publication called Hot Rod Digest and I submitted some rod type cartoons and suggested that perhaps he could use some Victorian write ups and club and drag articles. Hot Rod Digest went for about six issues and went into a publication called National Power Sports. Only one was ever produced.

It was now 1964 and a guy called Peter Tyldsley (an Englishman) contacted me and asked if I could meet him in Melbourne. He explained he was to produce a publication called Australian Hot Rod and would I do some of the Victorian reporting on cars and drag racing, I agreed to do so. For a year or so when I changed over to Rodding World, another new publication starting in 1965 with Hot Rodding Review making three magazines on the market.

In mid ’65 I was approached by a Melbourne guy who was interested in starting a Melbourne based rod magazine covering hot rods and some customs with no drag racing. It was to have been a 50-50 partnership and the publication was to be called Australian Rodder. The problem was I had planned to spend six months in USA with two friends from mid ’66 to Jan. ’67 and the new publication would have to wait until June ’67 before it could start. I also wanted to have a look at the US publications and how they worked, and as we’d be stopping with Dick Scritchfield in Los Angeles who was working with Car Craft, it was an excellent chance to get to see how the Peterson Publication Enterprise worked. Whilst I was in USA the Melbourne partner pulled out of the deal and Jeff Dellow from Sydney was interested to come in as a partner instead.

During early 1967 Jeff and I set up No. 1 issue Custom Rodder and it hit the newstands early June 1967. We were under way.

Eddie L. Ford, Custom Rodder No.41 July 1977, pg. 4.