Congratulations to Ann Curthoys and Jessie Mitchell for the publication of their new book ‘Taking Liberty’

Congratulations to Ann Curthoys and Jessie Mitchell for the publication of their new book Taking Liberty: Indigenous Rights and Settler Self-Government in Colonial Australia, 1830-1890 (Cambridge University Press, 2018). This work explains how indigenous dispossession and survival underlay and shaped the birth of Australian democracy. Further information.

Congratulations to Nell Musgrove and Deidre Michell for the publication of their new book, ’The Slow Evolution of Foster Care in Australia’

Congratulations to Nell Musgrove and Deidre Michell for the publication of their new book, The Slow Evolution of Foster Care in Australia – Just Like a Family? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).  ​This book draws on archival, oral history and public policy sources to tell a history of foster care in Australia from the nineteenth century to the present day.  Further information.

AHA ECR Mentor Scheme 2018 Applications Open 

The AHA is delighted to open applications for 2018’s AHA-CAL ECR Mentor Scheme. This award supports Early Career Researcher historians to develop their professional skills. It will link Early Career Researchers with senior historians who will mentor them in the development of new and innovative works of historical scholarship, in the form of articles that will Read more …

Congratulations to editor Jane Lydon for the publication of ‘Visualising Human Rights’

Congratulations to editor Jane Lydon and contributors including other AHA members for the publication of their new book Visualising Human Rights (UWA Publishing 2018). This edited collection looks at the ways that visual images have been used to define, contest, or argue on behalf of human rights. This book explores ideas of humanity, citizenship, atrocity and justice through the visual. It is Read more …

Vale – John Molony

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Emeritus Professor John Molony: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/anu-historian-john-molony-dead-at-91-20180920-p5050a.html. After many years as a Catholic priest, John Molony began his academic career at the Australian National University in the mid-1960s, becoming one of Australia’s most respected historians, Manning Clark Professor of Australian History and Head of the Department of History Read more …

Martin Thomas’ ‘Etched in Bone’ documentary launch

Over the past eight years, ANU historian Martin Thomas has been working on Etched in Bone, a feature-length documentary made that he has made in collaboration with Béatrice Bijon from ANU’s School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics. The film examines the theft of Aboriginal human remains by the American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land in Read more …

New Executive Officer

We are delighted to announce that Bethany Phillips-Peddlesden has been newly appointed to the AHA Executive Officer position. All correspondence should continue to be addressed to executive@theaha.org.au. Warmest thanks to Jacinta Walsh and Vanessa Fleming-Baillie for their interim work maintaining the Newsletter and other duties in the past few months. Thanks again to Ann Standish for her Read more …