The ANU Historical Society’s first newsletter is published

Known as ‘Footnote’, the ANU Historical Society’s newsletter, was first published in 1970. Signed ‘D.R.S. Bruce Hall’, it appears to have been the work of Dennis Shoesmith, now a Professor of History at Charles Darwin University.

The first Footnote announced the results for the most recent election of the History Society and Journal, and the History Liaison Committee, as well as inviting contributions for the ANU Historical Journal’s seventh issue. It also notified students of the upcoming ANU Historical Society Sherry Party and a forthcoming survey by the History Department to determine student interest in proposed coursework units for 1971-72.

The results of the survey, which had 424 respondents, were published in the second Footnote in June 1970. They reveal a strong interest among history students for units in Australian History.