‘Foundational Histories’: AHA conference 2015

The 34th annual conference of the AHA was held at the University of Sydney 6-10 July 2015. History abounds with metaphors of foundation: the foundations of knowledge or the discipline, as well as the foundational narratives of nations. These metaphorical foundations do not stand on solid rock, but can be unsettled, shifted and shaken. The Read more …

An event to look forward to at our conference next year!

The welcome reception for AHA 2016: ‘From Boom to Bust’ will be held at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on the evening of Monday 4 July, following the President’s address at nearby Trades Hall. The reception will feature an exhibition of emigration-related prints and a performance of a piano piece by Richard Chew, inspired by Read more …

A Year-round Holiday: The Histories of West Lakes

Susan Marsden’s book, A Year-round Holiday: The Histories of West Lakes (Wakefield Press) considers more than 180 years of history of an area of so-called wasteland of degraded swamp and sand that was transformed in the 1970s into well-groomed waterways and homes. The title quotes the marketing slogan used to sell this development as a prestigious place to Read more …

AHA member winner of a 2015 Victorian Community History Award

Alistair Thomson is the winner of the 2015 Victorian Community History Award for History Article (Peer Reviewed) for ‘Anzac Memories Revisited: Trauma, Memory, and Oral History’, Oral History Review 42, no 1. (Winter/Spring 2015): 1–29. Shortlisted for this award was Douglas Wilkie for ‘Exodus and Panic? Melbourne’s Reaction to the Bathurst Gold Discoveries of May Read more …

Dancing in my Dreams: Confronting the Spectre of Polio

Kerry Highley’s Dancing in my Dreams: Confronting the Spectre of Polio (Monash University Publishing) details the disease and its treatment, the scientific endeavour that led to the discovery of the poliovirus, and the studies in virology and immunology that culminated in the production of a polio vaccine. It highlights the experiences of patients and the Read more …

‘A landmark work in the history of feminism’

Marilyn Lake launched Respectable Radicals: A History of the National Council of Women of Australia at the Melbourne City Bowling Club, before a large and enthusiastic audience of historians and members of NCWA on Sunday 11 October 2015. Marilyn hailed the book as ‘a landmark work in the history of feminism in this country that Read more …

Honest History e-Newsletter no. 30, 13 October 2015

Honest History’s e-newsletter has gone out to subscribers and is also on the Honest History website. Items include the debate around the date of the first Anzac Day; Derek Abbott’s review of Michael Wesley’s Restless Continent; John Myrtle’s new historical resource database covering 1900 to the 1970s; and an anonymous piece from The Triad (1917) on Read more …

The Dalfram Dispute,1938: Pig Iron Bob

Stuart Macintyre and Les Louis (along with historians Glenn Mitchell, Drew Cottle, Greg Mallory and curator of the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Zhu ChengShan) were contributors to the documentary The Dalfram Dispute,1938: Pig Iron Bob which covers the wartime dock dispute at Port Kembla during which Robert Menzies gained the moniker ‘Pig Iron Bob’. The documentary Read more …

Indigenous Evangelists and Questions of Authority in the British Empire 1750–1945

Peggy Brock and Norman Etherington (along with Gareth Griffith and Jacqueline Van Gent) have just published  Indigenous Evangelists and Questions of Authority in the British Empire 1750–1945 (Brill). It is the first full-length historical study of indigenous evangelists across a range of societies, geographical regions and colonial regimes and the first to focus on the Read more …