Since its foundation in 1981 the Brisbane History Group has established an enviable reputation for sponsoring seminars on researching local history. The fruits of these popular sessions have been published in earlier collections of papers, especially the Archives and Approaches titles (BHG 1983, 1988).
In keeping with this tradition, the current volume includes practical papers on four main themes: local history approaches, oral history applications, placename history analysis and local history archives.
The first and last themes were explored at the Local History Day held at the old Toombul Shire Hall Nundah on 24 June 1989.
The second theme of oral history was the subject of a full day seminar organised jointly with the State Library of Queensland on 25 June 1989, followed by a workshop conducted by the Oral History Association of Australia (Southeast Queensland Branch) at the University of Queensland on 24 March 1990.
The third theme was examined at the Placenames Day on 23 June 1990 at the Sunmap Centre Woolloongabba.
To papers delivered at those seminars have been added several others submitted on the same themes as well as lists of references on local, oral and placename history.
Since most of these topics were prepared as talks, the tone is more relaxed than research papers, especially the oral history contributions, some of which were transcribed from tape. Nor have specific examples, including the placename suburbs, been exhaustively researched, because of the practical aim and broad scope of the papers concerned. Hopefully others will be encouraged to apply these suggestions to their own research and presentation of local history.
Altogether this volume represents another advance in researching local history - also the indebtedness of the BHG to those individuals and organisations who have contributed to its composition. The table of contents should speak for itself.