Further tours announced for AHA 2016: From Boom to Bust

Two more terrific tours have been announced for our conference in Ballarat in July: Urban Exploration Tour, Tuesday 5 July 2.30–3.30pm, presented by the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH) at Federation University Australia, History Heritage Place and timecapsuleballarat.com. This is a semi-self-directed online/offline exploration around one of Federation University’s city campuses located at Read more …

Richard Brooks: From Convict Ship Captain to Pillar of Early Colonial Australia

Christine Maher’s biography of an early colonial magnate, Richard Brooks: From Convict Ship Captain to Pillar of Early Colonial Australia (Rosenberg Publishing), provides a glimpse into the social, political and domestic life of that famed group of landowning settlers of the first 20 years of the colony. The book will be launched by Peter Stanley Read more …

AHA members on 2016 Ernest Scott Prize shortlist

The 2016 Ernest Scott Prize shortlist has been announced and the following AHA members are on the list: Frank Bongiorno, The Eighties: The Decade that Transformed Australia (Black Inc. 2015) Joy Damousi, Memory and Migration in the Shadow of War (Cambridge University Press, 2015) Stuart Macintyre, Australia’s Boldest Experiment: War and Reconstruction in the 1940s Read more …

AHA member to be 2016 Allan Martin Public Lecturer

Joy Damousi will be the 2016 Allan Martin Public Lecturer at the Australian National University in May. Allan Martin (1926–2002) was an intellectual, institutional, and social pioneer. When most Australians went to England for their postgraduate work, he chose ANU, where he was the first doctoral student in History in the Research School of Social Read more …

Historian in China for Australian Writers Week

Clare Wright recently represented Australia as part of Australian Writers Week in China, sponsored by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and organised by the Australian Embassy in Beijing. Clare spent 10 days in China, travelling to four cities (Guangzhou, Hefei, Shanghai and Beijing) and participating in 17 events including lectures and workshops, ‘mentor walks’, Read more …

Settler Colonialism and (Re)conciliation: Frontier Violence, Affective Performances, and Imaginative Refoundings

Just out is Penny Edmonds, Settler Colonialism and (Re)conciliation: Frontier Violence, Affective Performances, and Imaginative Refoundings (Palgrave Macmillan) which uses case studies from the USA, Australia, and Aotearoa New Zealand to trace the prehistory of reconciliation’s present in settler states, a contested political process, which is especially salient where formal decolonisation cannot occur.

Australian Soldiers in South Africa and Vietnam: Words from the Battlefield

Published today is Effie Karageorgos, Australian Soldiers in South Africa and Vietnam: Words from the Battlefield (Bloomsbury). It follows combat men from enlistment to the war front and analyses their words alongside theories of soldiering to demonstrate the transformation of soldiers as a response to developments in military procedure, as well as changing civilian opinion.

Abrogating Responsibility: Vesteys, Anthropology and the Future of Aboriginal People

In Abrogating Responsibility: Vesteys, Anthropology and the Future of Aboriginal People (Australian Scholarly Publishing) Geoffrey Gray uses hitherto unknown documents in a detailed examination of the research by anthropologists Ronald and Catherine Berndt and the context in which it was conducted. Gray is less interested in judging the actions of the main characters than of Read more …

Honest History update

New on the Honest History website: a long essay on the battle by Vietnam veterans to have a new independent history written about health issues post-Vietnam, particularly the effects of Agent Orange an article by John Brookes on the links between nationalism and phenomena like Anzac an article by David Stephens, drawing upon recent Turkish Read more …