This prominence led to an invitation for us to take over editorial responsibility for Parergon, the ANZAMEMS
conference dinners were favoured occasions to gather voices for 'Blow thy horn, hunter' and 'Pastime with good company'.
With this in mind, I have put down the following notes of my involvement, over many years, with what would become ANZAMEMS. This then, is a hybrid, part recollection, stimulated by the documents I have, and part schematic history based on information additionally provided by Constant Mews, Glenn Burgess, Wilf Prest, J.
I don't know whose idea this was, but it was readily agreed to and has become a valuable feature of ANZAMEMS. The minimal managerial mission to meet again when X or Y can use the money to fix things up is why evidence of AHMEME and AHEME is so thin.
Interests and materials are dispersed and with its advantages and logistical difficulties, ANZAMEMS serves a more evenly distributed community.
The first ANZAMEMS Conference followed two years later in Wellington.
Published on the occasion of the seventh biennial ANZAMEMS
conference, held at the University of Tasmania in December 2008, this catalogue accompanied an exhibition of medieval manuscripts and early printed books held in Tasmanian collections.
Her consistently strong interest in and support for her Australian colleagues also meant that she was a regular participant at meetings of AHMEME (Australasian Historians of Medieval and Early Modern Europe) from its origins in the 1970s, and continued her active support when it merged to become ANZAMEMS
(Australian and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies).
McNamara (Jo Ann, as she was known to her friends) was a renowned scholar of the role of women in medieval society, and a great friend to many members of ANZAMEMS
. In particular, she was an inspiring keynote speaker and participant in the first ANZAMEMS
Wellington conference of 1998, organized by the late Kim Walker, and a helpful member of Parergon's Advisory Board over many years.
(1) An earlier version of this paper was read at the 2008 ANZAMEMS
Conference at the University of Tasmania.