Australia’s War Crimes Trials 1945–51

Congratulations to the AHA’s Georgina Fitzpatrick, who, with Tim McCormack and Narrelle Morris, has published Australia’s War Crimes Trials 1945–51 (Brill Nijhoff, 2016 [International Humanitarian Law Series, No 48]). She covers topics such as the execution of captured airmen, cannibalism, death sentences and eight more chapters on each of the locations where the Australian military conducted a total Read more …

‘1787: The Lost Chapters of Australia’s Beginnings’

Nick Brodie’s new book traces the journey of Australia before 1788 to explore how ‘discovered’ the southern continent already was, by Indigenous Australians who lived there, and sailors, traders and fishermen who had visited. The book shifts the focus from post-colonial history to stories of Australia as a vast and active land participating in a Read more …

National Archives of Australia/Australian Historical Association Postgraduate Scholarships

Applications open 1 October 2016 and close 31 October. National Archives of Australia/Australian Historical Association scholarships assist talented postgraduate scholars with the cost of copying records held in the Archives. For example, scholars may be based in one city and want to see records located in an Archives repository in another city. Assistance with digital Read more …

Free masterclass in Sydney with Fay Anderson 7 September

The Centre for Media History at Macquarie University is hosting a free masterclass with Associate Professor Fay Anderson (Monash) on Wednesday 7 September at 2pm, to coincide with the release of her latest book, Shooting the Picture: Press Photography in Australia (Melbourne University Press).  Early career researchers and postgraduate students are particularly welcome. Expressions of Read more …

The Second Rush: Mining and the Transformation of Australia

Congratulations to AHA member David Lee, whose new book analyses Australia’s second great minerals rush that began in the 1960s with the development of new export industries based on coal, iron ore and bauxite, continued in the 1970s and early 1980s with the ‘resources boom’ and reached its apogee in the China boom from 2002 to Read more …

2016 NSW Premier’s History Awards shortlists

Congratulations to AHA members shortlisted for the 2016 NSW Premier’s History Awards, in the following categories: Australian History Prize: Frank Bongiorno, The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia Alison Holland, Just Relations: The Story of Mary Bennett’s Crusade for Aboriginal Rights Stuart Macintyre, Australia’s Boldest Experiment: War and Reconstruction in the 1940s General History Prize: Read more …

AHA Executive Committee Members 2016–2018

At the AHA AGM, held during the conference on Thursday 7 July at 5.00pm, the following office bearers and ordinary members were elected to the Executive Committee: Lynette Russell – President Joy Damousi – Vice-President Alison Holland – Secretary Paul Sendziuk – Treasurer Martin Crotty Karen Downing Ruth Morgan Tim Rowse Christina Twomey Melanie Burkett, Read more …

2016 winners of AHA prizes and awards

The Australian Historical Association is delighted to announce the winners of its 2016 prizes and awards. Winners were announced tonight, Thursday 7 July 2016, at the AHA Annual Conference dinner in Ballarat, Victoria. (Click links to read judges’ citations.) The Allan Martin Award is a research fellowship to assist early career historians further their research Read more …

Fund Trove

The AHA has been active in calling to have the funding restored to Australia’s cultural institutions which will affect Trove, the online archive developed and managed by the National Library of Australia that is a fundamental piece of research infrastructure. The President, Angela Woollacott wrote to Scott Morrison on 17 December 2016 protesting the cuts Read more …