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From the Dig It Archives: Issue Nine 2000

By Tristan Grainger


At this time of year the Annual General Meeting is fast approaching, and so is your chance to nominate for life membership. In this addition from the Dig it Up archives, issue 9, 2002, the presidential address discuses life membership and the first voted life member, Vincent Megaw. Vincent was voted by everyone for his efforts not only with ArchSoc, but also for his contributions to the Archaeology department (Carver 2000:2).

However, this article demonstrates that it wasn’t always clear who would get life membership, particularly when it came to the President. Until 2002 the past presidents received life membership, and it wasn’t until this article that it was made clear that Greg Carver, the current president, would not necessarily receive this title, nor would future presidents. So, if you want someone to receive life membership, or any of the other recognition you better vote!

In addition to the presidential address, Gordon Copland outlines a brief history of ArchSoc. This piece reflects on the ten years since the first AGM on the 10th of March 1992, and the possible ways to celebrate 10 years (Copland 2000:19). Furthermore, Copland also discusses the past projects and achievements of past members, but you better get reading to find out what they were up to!

As ArchSoc is celebrating its 21st birthday this year, the article relates to where we are now, how we came to be. So buy a ticket, and come be a part of ArchSoc’s history!


Carver, G.  2000 Presidential Address. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 9:2.

Copland, G.  2000 History, Hertory, Theirtory: Brief Background of the Flinders University Archaeological Society. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 9:19-20.


Presidential Address

Hi All

Well here it is the end of another university year, the first for some and last for others.

Firstly I would like to thank the current committee and all those who have helped out through the year. I would also like to congratulate and welcome the new committee headed by Lara and hope you all have a great term of office.

While there has been some ups and downs this year generally it has been a success. Our membership is now over 100 which makes us one of the top ten in the university.

Hopefully by the time this goes to press we will all have our T-shirts bearing the new club motif A special thank you must go to Caroline Di Fazio for designing this motif, it looks great and she will be remembered forever. Cheers Caroline.

Congratulations to Vincent Megaw for having the distinction of being voted the first life member of the Flinders University Archaeology Society. It was a unanimous decision at the AGM for Vincent to have this honour. This is not only for his continued support of the Society since its inception but for his untiring efforts in establishing and maintaining the Flinders University Archaeology Department.

Congratulation to all past presidents who have also been given life membership for their contributions to the Society. To clarify some points on what has been a highly contentious issue, life membership will not necessarily be given to myself of future presidents. This first lot is only for past presidents. From this year on life members will need to be selected by nomination and there is only a very limited number permitted per year. Anyone can be nominated so if you have somebody in mind who you believe to be deserving speak to the new committee.

Well that’s about it from me. I hope you have had a successful year and enjoy your break, for those of you who manage to get one. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Greg Carver




Brief background of the Flinders University Archaeological Society

Written and compiled by Gordon Copland

As we are now hurtling into 200 I it seems appropriate to begin to consider the forthcoming tenth anniversary of the Inaugural Annual General Meeting which was held at 1.05pm on the 10th of March 1992. Who better than archaeologists, budding or bloomed, to reflect on the past .and bring it to life again. This little missive is only the beginning and I am hoping that members past and present will consider adding to this information with their own experiences and information so that by March 2002 we will have a body of work to view and reminisce over. Photos, data and memorabilia can be put in an envelope, marked History of Arch Soc, and dropped in to the Archaeology Society In Tray in the Archaeology Office. The Society’s Executive committees of 200 I and 2002 can then decide what, if anything, they will want to do to celebrate this momentous occasion. A library display, BBQ, Public Lecture, etc etc are all things the Society has promoted in the past in the attempt to create an ongoing interest in Archaeology and provide a social background for those with similar interests to get together.

From the archives of Clubs and Societies (C & S) I have located a copy of the Minutes of the Inaugural Meeting and it would seem that those stalwarts who began the whole thing have much in common with the Society members today. Promotion of archaeology, involvement with Indigenous Australians, Cultural Heritage, field trips, discussion groups, contact with outside organisations associated with archaeology, and of course “social functions in the way of parties or happy hours for club members”, are all issue still dear to our hearts today. Especially the later. What ever happened to the ubiquitous happy hour? Perhaps we should start re-considering the simpler ways of the past for ease of organisation and more contact between members in the future. Fridays 4pm see you in the Tavern, type of thing.

In the papers held by C & S there are snippets of information about the activities of the Society over time. For instance one of the first grant applications was for members to attend the Australian Archaeology Association Conference in NSW from 10- 12 December 1992. Those proposing to attend were; Kerry Price, Sean Freeman, Heather Builth, Tim Anson, Kyla Morgan, Sue Hartly, Theo Saunders and Jeremy Miller. I do not know if they went or had a good time so perhaps one or more could let us all know what it was like in those heady early days. I also noticed the logo of Celtic persuasion on early newsletters which also appears on a large sign stored in the compactus at C & S. Does anyone know who drew or designed this? Several of the papers refer to the making of a banner but the design does not seem to be mentioned so I am not sure if it ever happened or if the banner, that legend tells us disintegrated at Cuddy Springs, is the same one. Any details regarding these issues would also be of interest. In fact any details and/or photos of the many excavations/field trips the Society has inspired would be great.

I haven’t gone through the back issues of Dig It, which are held in the archive section of Special Collections and at the Australian National Library, but it would appear that they started in their current form in 1997. However, that may not be true, it may simply be that the other issues did not go to the Library for archival. The first held by Special Collections is May 1997 and although it does not have a series number, by working backwards from our latest No. 8, it would appear to be No. 2. What happened to No. 1 if it existed could also be useful information and a copy should be placed with the Library. It is worth noting that we have progressed fro 32 members in 1992 to over 100 this year.

All in all this may make an interesting project and perhaps someone may even wish to take personal charge of it, so that we can celebrate the past achievements, honour the past members, and look forward to a long and illustrious future. I have attached what appears to be the past Committee Roll Call but there may be errors or changes so let us know what these are and it is followed by a, blast from the past, photo collage of the 1998 committee. Past membership lists may also be a worthwhile addition to the scrapbook of the Society.


Check out the past Executive list here.