War, Sport and the Anzac Tradition

Kevin Blackburn’s War, Sport and the Anzac Tradition (Palgrave Studies in Sport and Politics) was published this month. The book argues that there has been an Anzac sporting tradition which has intertwined the language of sport and war since the First World War. Its origins are in late Victorian and Edwardian ideas of masculinity extolling Read more …

Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America

Michael McDonnell’s new book Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America (Macmillan) reveals the pivotal role played by the native peoples of the Great Lakes in the history of North America. Highlighting the long-standing rivalries and relationships among the great Indian nations of North America, it shows how Europeans often played Read more …

Environmental History Strand: Challenging the Boom to Bust Narrative

The first of a number of themed strands for AHA 2016 has been announced. Under the auspices of Jodi Frawley, Nancy Cushing and Chris McConville, proposals are invited for Environmental History Strand: Challenging the Boom to Bust Narrative. Submission deadline: Wednesday 3 February 2016. Read the full call for papers.

AHA member 2015 Ken Inglis Postgraduate Prize winner

The 2015 Ken Inglis Postgraduate Prize winner is James Keating (University of New South Wales) for his paper ‘“An Utter Absence of National Feeling”? Australian Women and the International Suffrage Movement, 1900–1914’. Judges Christina Twomey and Kate Hunter said: ‘The article makes a distinctive contribution to the historiography on the Australian suffrage movement, delivers new Read more …

A Mission Divided: Race, Culture and Colonialism in Fiji’s Methodist Mission

Kirstie Close-Barry’s A Mission Divided: Race, Culture and Colonialism in Fiji’s Methodist Mission (ANU Press) recounts the stories told by Methodist missionaries and ministers to its grassroots membership, and draws on archival and ethnographic research to reveal the emergence of ethno-nationalisms in Fiji, the legacies of which are still being managed in the post-colonial state Read more …

Martin Griver – Unearthed

Odhran O’Brien’s biography Martin Griver – Unearthed (St Paul’s Publications) covers the Spanish-born priest’s leadership of colonial Western Australia’s early Catholic community, including the Catholic Church’s ministry and social welfare outreach. Vatican intervention, interfaith relations and the role of Catholicism in colonial expansion are explored.

Canberra Women in World War I – Community at Home, Nurses Abroad

Patricia Clarke and Niki Francis are the historians behind the online exhibition Canberra Women in World War I – Community at Home, Nurses Abroad which tells the stories of the contributions of women to the ACT’s war effort at home and overseas and how their efforts contributed to the shaping of community on the national Read more …