The HGRC welcomes Dr Henry Reese. Henry’s project is titled ‘The trial of Joseph Vos: A blackbirding scandal in 1890s Queensland’. Henry proposes to research and produce a scholarly article and short podcast series based on the life and 1895 trial of Joseph Vos. In the mid-1890s, Captain Vos claimed to have used recorded sound to entice several Solomon Islanders on board his barque, the William Manson. Copies of these recordings were later displayed as entertainment in Brisbane. Vos’ trial was one of the most prominent later blackbirding scandals of the century. He intends to trace the entangled histories of the phonograph and Vos in Brisbane, to explore the connections between sound recording, racism and colonial modernity in Federation-era Queensland.