From Playgrounds to PlayStation: The Interaction of Technology and Play

In this romp through the changing landscape of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American toys, games, hobbies, and amusements, senior historian of technology Carroll Pursell poses a simple but interesting question: What can we learn by studying the relationship between technology and play? From Playgrounds to PlayStation explores how play reflects and drives the evolution of American Read more …

The Hanged Man and the Body Thief: Finding Lives in a Museum Mystery

Alexandra Roginski’s The Hanged Man and the Body Thief: Finding Lives in a Museum Mystery (Monash University Publishing) is a story about phrenology, a biased legal system, the aspirations of a new museum, and the dilemmas of a theatrical third wife. It is most importantly a tale of two very different men, collector and collected, Read more …

Beyond Surrender: Australian Prisoners of War in the Twentieth Century

Joan Beaumont (with Lachlan Grant and Aaron Pegram) have edited Beyond Surrender: Australian Prisoners of War in the Twentieth Century (Melbourne University Publishing) which presents for the first time the diversity of the Australian ‘behind-the-wire’ experience, dissecting fact from fiction and myth from reality. Contributors include AHA members Kate Ariotti, Jennifer Lawless, Peter Monteath, Melanie Read more …

Two Squatters: The Lives of George Playne and Daniel Jennings

Martin Playne’s book illustrates the value of examining in detail the lives of individuals during the boisterous years of early settlement and the gold rush between 1839 and 1854 using genealogical research techniques. It is lavishly illustrated with 85 maps, plans and images. Two Squatters was awarded second place in the Don Grant Award for Read more …