The Fifth Column in World War II: Suspected Subversives in the Pacific War and Australia

Any Australian who lived through the Second World War would remember the frightening posters warning that ‘Enemy Agents are Listening’ and ‘Loose Lips Sink Ships.’ The Fifth Column was the name given to the Axis agents believed to be lurking in Allied countries. Their mission was to carry out acts of sabotage, cause fear and Read more …

2015 Ernest Scott Prize Winners Announced

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne, in conjunction with The Australian Historical Association, is excited to announce the joint winners of the 2015 Ernest Scott Prize are Alan Atkinson and Tom Brooking. The AHA congratulates both authors! Read the full details of the authors and their books in the press release. Images: Alan Read more …

Callan Park: Compassion and Conflict in The Asylum

Using images – some never seen publicly before – and oral history interviews (including the Rozelle Hospital Oral History Collection) Roslyn Burge has created a fascinating insight into the former mental asylum, capturing the stories of patients, residents, staff, the community, the landscape and Callan Park’s importance as a place of refuge and conflict. The Read more …

A Little America in Western Australia: The US Naval Communication Station at North West Cape and the Founding of Exmouth

Michael L Ondaatje (with Anthony J Barker) has just published A Little America in Western Australia: The US Naval Communication Station at North West Cape and the Founding of Exmouth (UWAP Scholarly). This history investigates the significance of North West Cape for Australian–US relations and Australian politics, and examines the social and political history of Read more …

Long History, Deep Time: Deepening Histories of Place

The contributions to this collection edited by Ann McGrath and Mary Anne Jebb ignite the possibilities of what the spaces and expanses of history might be. The authors reflect upon the need for appropriate, feasible timescales for history, pointing out some of the obstacles encountered in earlier efforts to slice human time into thematic categories. Time and history are considered Read more …

ADHO in Sydney for first time

DH2015, the annual international conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) will next be held in Sydney, 29 June–3 July 2015. This will be the first time that this conference is being held outside of Europe and North America in its 26-year history. The theme of ‘Global Digital Humanities’ acknowledges the field’s expansion Read more …

AHA member shortlisted for 2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Award Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction

Philip Dwyer was shortlisted for the 2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Award Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction for his book Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power 1799-1815 (Bloomsbury, 2014). The judges described it as ‘a monumental feat of scholarship, an absorbing portrait of a deeply ambitious and deeply flawed man, and brilliant account of a towering figure Read more …