AHA members join Heritage Council of Victoria

Andrew May and Stuart Macintyre have recently joined the Heritage Council of Victoria, an independent statutory body appointed by the Governor-in-Council which has a range of functions under the Heritage Act, including determining which places and objects are added to the Victorian Heritage Register. The Council’s role is to ensure that the state’s diverse cultural Read more …

Different White People: Radical Activism For Aboriginal Rights 1946-1972

Deborah Wilson’s Different White People: Radical Activism For Aboriginal Rights 1946-1972 (UWA Publishing) presents a trilogy of stories about campaigns for Aboriginal rights in which an eclectic group of people working tirelessly to protect and support Aboriginal people and Aboriginal rights were not themselves Aboriginal.

Antiquity Imagined: The Remarkable Legacy of Egypt and the Ancient Near East

Robin Derricourt’s Antiquity Imagined: The Remarkable Legacy of Egypt and the Ancient Near East (I.B. Tauris) explores how Egypt’s past has been creatively interpreted by later ages and shows in depth how ancient Egypt and the surrounding lands have so continuously and seductively tantalised the Western imagination.

Kin: A Real People’s History of Our Nation

In Kin: A Real People’s History of Our Nation (Hardie Grant) Nick Brodie traces his family tree back to some of the earliest white arrivals in the Australia to uncover a series of stories of hardship and travail, of revival and treasured memory, of individual hope, and of social, economic and cultural achievement. It was Read more …

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 …

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 …