Peter Donovan received additional recognition for his work in 2015, when on 30 July he was acknowledged as the South Australian History Council’s Historian of the Year. He received a certificate from Governor Hieu Van Le at celebrations at Government House.
Otherwise, the business of Donovan & Associates has continued as before.
Donovan & Associates completed a history of Tasmanian Alkaloids during the year which is to be published early in 2016 to mark the company’s first 40 years. Tasmanian Alkaloids is Australia’s single largest manufacturer of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) and the world’s largest exporter of codeine and concentrate of poppy straw rich in thebaine — which form the basis for the world’s key pain killing drugs. The company exports 90 per cent of its products to the world, with export sales currently generating more than $140 million annually.
Donovan & Associates has been commissioned to undertake a history of Police Health which celebrated 80 years of operation in 2015 and now operates nationally. This project is to extend over several years. D&A is also to start work on a history of the Sporting Car Club of South Australia early in 2016.
Donovan & Associates has continued its involvement in oral history projects for the National Library with an interview of Stanley Collard, a former National Party Senator from Queensland. Stan lost his party’s continuing endorsement for the Senate after supporting the Liberal/National coalition in opposition to the wishes of Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen who was being proposed as a potential Prime Minister.
Peter Donovan has continued to provide history and cultural presentations aboard cruise ships based in Australian waters during the cruising season from October to April. The highlight of the year was the invitation to provide presentations on the Gallipoli campaign for guests aboard the Celebrity Constellation which anchored off ANZAC Cove on the morning of 25 April 2015 on the occasion of the centenary of the ANZAC landing. Peter also helped arrange a service aboard the ship that followed the Dawn Service at ANZAC Cove, and spoke from the bridge pointing out features as the ship approached the shore and later entered the Dardanelles. Guests were able to land on the peninsula the following day.
Donovan & Associates has continued to provide occasional lectures to historical societies and groups. Topics have included the ‘Kapunda Associations with Gallipoli’ to members of the Historical Society of South Australia, with a second talk to people of Kapunda on 22 August. He also spoke about ‘The Art and Craft of Stained and Painted Glass’ to the Gawler History Group.
Peter continued to have students for his TAFE course in writing history which he has conducted since 1987.