National Research Infrastructure Roadmap Engagement

The Department of Education and Training has released the Draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap. The Australian Government commissioned the Roadmap to outline Australia’s priority research infrastructure needs over the next ten years. It is available to on the Department website to read and interested people are invited to provide written comments on the Draft. Read more …

‘Children, Childhood and Youth in the British World’

Congratulations to Shirleene Robinson and Simon Sleight on the publication of this edited collection. The volume shows how age was a critical factor in shaping imperial experience. It locates children, childhood and youth in broader social contexts and acknowledges young people as historical agents, rarely operating within situations of their choosing, but nonetheless shaping their own lives. Read more …

‘Stories from the Sandstone: Quarantine Inscriptions from Australia’s Immigrant Past’

Congratulations to Peter Hobbins, Ursula K. Frederick and Anne Clarke on the publication of their book which combines intensive archaeological investigation and historical research to illuminate Australia’s past through often evocative quarantine inscriptions. The book draws upon historical records, diaries and other writings, to highlight the dramatic effects of diseases and discover where the authors of Read more …

AHA Member Survey

The AHA Executive Committee would like to know more about our members. We have opened an anonymous and voluntary survey designed to fulfil two purposes: to give the AHA a profile of its membership and to learn what members value about the AHA to help in planning for the future. Find it under the ‘Members only’ Read more …

‘Behind Glass Doors: The World of Australian Advertising Agencies 1959–1989’

Congratulations to Robert Crawford and Jackie Dickenson on the publication of Behind Glass Doors: The World of Australian Advertising Agencies 1959–1989 (UWAP), which reveals the inner workings of the Australian advertising agency business during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Drawing on interviews with over a hundred former admen and women across all agency departments, the Read more …

‘Gay Men at the Movies: Cinema, Memory and the History of a Gay Male Community’

Congratulations to Scott McKinnon on the publication of his book Gay Men at the Movies: Cinema, Memory and the History of a Gay Male Community (Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press). Drawing on film reviews, media reports, personal memoirs, oral histories and a striking range of films, this book explores the major role cinema has played Read more …

Honest History update

The Honest History coalition has done a special update of its website for Remembrance Day (which is also the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Australian War Memorial). New on the site are Richard Reid’s reflection on Remembrance Day, a story of how Canberra activists successfully campaigned against a plan to build rival memorials Read more …

Festschrift for Professor Marilyn Lake, 8–9 December 2016

A reminder that registrations for this event close Friday 18 November.
 Everyone planning to attend the conference must register first, as seating is limited. There have been some issues with the website registration process, so the deadline to has been extended to Friday 18 November. Please contact Liam Byrne (Liam.byrne@unimelb.edu.au) or Joy Damousi (j.damousi@unimelb.edu.au) with Read more …

2016 Victorian Community History Awards

Congratulations to all historians honoured for their local history projects at the 2016 Victorian Community History Awards. These include AHA members Ian D. Clark, who won the Local History Project Award for ‘We Are All of One Blood’. A History of the Djabwurrung Aboriginal People of Western Victoria, 1836–1901 (CreateSpace) and James Kirby, who won Read more …