Philanthropic support for history

A significant gift of $10 million for the Arts and Humanities from Jane Hansen and Paul Little, AO, was announced on 23 November with the launch of The Little Foundation. The gift is being made to the University of Melbourne to establish The Hansen Trust, an ambitious project to foster the teaching of history and Read more …

Film and television rights to Clare Wright’s The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka optioned

Ruby Entertainment has optioned the dramatic film and television rights for The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright. Ruby Entertainment produced The Secret River as a two-part mini series based on the novel by Kate Grenville: it won the 2015 Screen Producers Australia Award for Telemovie/Mini Series Production of the Year and has been Read more …

New issue of reCollections: A Journal of Museums and Collections out now

Volume 10 number 2 of the National Museum of Australia’s journal has contributions by Jan Brazier (Macleay Museum) and Molly Duggins (National Art School) on the production history and aesthetics of biological models and wall charts; and by Peter Brett (University of Tasmania) on the pedagogical challenges and opportunities afforded by Home Hill house museum, Read more …

Children, Childhood and Youth in the British World

Shirleene Robinson and Simon Sleight are the editors of Children, Childhood and Youth in the British World (Palgrave Macmillan). Contributors – including AHA members Shurlee Swain, Yorick Smaal, Melissa Bellanta and Kate Darian-Smith – locate children, childhood and youth in broader social contexts and acknowledge young people as historical agents, rarely operating within situations of Read more …

Special journal issue on work of Tom Stannage

The latest issue of Studies in Western Australian History — Tom Stannage: History from the Other Side — edited by Deborah Gare and Jenny Gregory, was launched at the University of Western Australia in November. It includes analyses of the late Tom Stannage’s contribution to Australian History by a range of historians, as well as Read more …

Memory and Migration in the Shadow of War: Australia’s Greek Immigrants after World War II and the Greek Civil War

Joy Damousi’s Memory and Migration in the Shadow of War: Australia’s Greek Immigrants after World War II and the Greek Civil War (Cambridge University Press) was published this month. Focusing on Australia’s Greek immigrants in the aftermath of the Second World War and the Greek Civil War, the book explores the concept of remembrance within Read more …

Recent AHA member lectures on podcast

For those of us who could not make it in person, the History Council of Victoria’s 2015 Annual Lecture, ‘Australia’s Big Science Picnic, 1914: Some New Evidence’ presented by Lynette Russell, and the History Council of South Australia’s Annual Lecture 2015 ‘Our schools and the Great War’ presented by Rosalie Triolo are both now available Read more …

The Making of a Reformer: Don Dunstan before the Dunstan Decade

Angela Woollacott’s AHA 2016 presidential address, ‘The Making of a Reformer: Don Dunstan before the Dunstan Decade’, will be presented at the 2016 AHA annual conference in Ballarat on the evening of 4 July in the National Heritage Listed Trades Hall. It was built in 1877 as a meeting place for Ballarat’s trade unions and Read more …

New editors for History Australia

From January 2016, editorship of History Australia will move to Flinders University, South Australia, where Melanie Oppenheimer, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Catherine Kevin will take up the reins. They will be joined by new book review editors Andrekos Varnava (Flinders) and Nathan Wise (UNE) and new exhibitions review editor Laina Hall (National Museum of Australia). The Read more …

The Art of Veiled Speech: Self-Censorship from Aristophanes to Hobbes

Han Baltussen (with Peter J. Davis), has edited The Art of Veiled Speech: Self-Censorship from Aristophanes to Hobbes (University of Pennsylvania Press) offering new insights into the historical origins of the self-censorship used to temper controversial views, and revealing that the human voice cannot easily be silenced. The contributions provide a corrective to the misconception Read more …