The Emeritus Faculty supports a number of continuing projects run by its members. The most prominent of these projects are the Personal Histories Project, the Oral History Project and the East Coast Australia Project. The Personal Histories Project started in 2020 and will progress over time as will the Oral History Project which continues to record interviews with many retired members of the University. In addition, the Emeritus Faculty complies the obituaries of past members of the ANU, publishes them in the newsletter "Emeritus", and has created an archive of these obituaries.
The Emeritus Faculty is open to support new projects proposed and run by its members.
From the time of its foundation, the ANU Emeritus Faculty has been concerned to record and document the ANU’s history. The Faculty has already published and compiled an archive of over eighty obituaries of ANU staff and has, at present, recorded seventy-two interviews in its Oral History Project. Members of our Faculty were the creators of ANU’s history and in their retirement, they are called upon to be the custodians of its intellectual traditions
This site, ANU Emeritus Faculty Personal Histories, will serve as a repository of personal accounts of the University’s activities, developments and achievements. As in the case of our Oral History series, the documents available on this site will be preserved, as well, in Open Research Access as part of the ANU Repository.
The co-ordinator of the Emeritus Faculty Personal History Project is James Fox -
ANU Emeritus Faculty began its Oral History Project in 2008, and by year's end had accumulated the interviews listed in the catalogue. Emeritus Faculty intends to continue conducting interviews on a regular basis during coming years, adding these to the catalogue as they are completed. Abstracts and MP3 audio files are available for these interviews. Transcripts will be generated at a later date.
The East Coast Project
In 2007, Professor John Molony and Nik Fominas launched the ANU Emeritus Faculty's East Coast Project which embarked on a quest for historic truth in examining claims, hypotheses, artefacts and historic archaeological sites to gauge the veracity of any evidence which may support those hypotheses pertaining to visitations to the East Coast of Australia by Europeans in the mid fifteenth century or at least prior to the charting of the Australian East Coast by James Cook. Various members of the project team contributed to the research which resulted in the publication of a book authored by John Molony entitled "Captain James Cook: Claiming the Great South Land" in 2016. Following the death of John Molony on Sunday 16 September 2018, the East Coast Project team continue their quest and the project continues to evolve. The project is now chaired by Brad Pillans and together with Brian Lees, Nik Fominas and Verna Rosling the team continues its investigation into the early history of Australia’s East Coast as well as other subjects of interest relating to the East Coast of Australia.