Big Game Hunter: The Life of Frederick Courteney Selous

Norman Etherington’s Big Game Hunter: The Life of Frederick Courteney Selous is a portrait of Selous – adventurer, hunter and naturalist – a tells the story of an adventurer, hunter and naturalist in late nineteenth-century Africa, who would inspire novelists such as Rider Haggard and Wilbur Smith. The book describes Selous’ extraordinary adventures, from elephant-hunting, and Read more …

Dodging the Devil: Letters from the Front, Gallipoli, Fromelles and Bullecourt

Nick Brodie has edited the letters and provided the commentary for George Martindale’s Dodging the Devil: Letters from the Front, Gallipoli, Fromelles and Bullecourt (Hardie Grant), which collects messages and photographs Martindale sent to his family in Melbourne documenting his daily life during World War I.

AHA Executive Committee Members 2016–2018

At the AHA AGM, held during the conference on Thursday 7 July at 5.00pm, the following office bearers and ordinary members were elected to the Executive Committee: Lynette Russell – President Joy Damousi – Vice-President Alison Holland – Secretary Paul Sendziuk – Treasurer Martin Crotty Karen Downing Ruth Morgan Tim Rowse Christina Twomey Melanie Burkett, 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) provides insight into the long process of decolonisation within the Methodist Overseas Missions of Australasia, a colonial institution that operated in the British colony of Fiji. The mission was a site of work for Europeans, Fijians and Indo-Fijians, but each Read more …

Georges Baudoux’s Jean M’Barai The Trepang Fisherman

Karen Speedy has expertly translated and provided a critical introduction to Georges Baudoux’s Jean M’Barai The Trepang Fisherman (UTSePress). Published in English for the first time, this book exposes the rich, complex and brutal world of a South Sea Islander caught up in the duplicitous trade that came to be known as Blackbirding, which draws Read more …

Acknowledge No Frontier: The Creation and Demise of New Zealand’s Provinces, 1853–76

André Brett’s Acknowledge No Frontier: The Creation and Demise of New Zealand’s Provinces, 1853–76 (Otago University Press) examines a formative but largely forgotten era of New Zealand’s history. It is an account of the evolution of individual provinces and the central government’s use of public works, especially railways, to gain support for their abolition and Read more …

2016 winners of AHA prizes and awards

The Australian Historical Association is delighted to announce the winners of its 2016 prizes and awards. Winners were announced tonight, Thursday 7 July 2016, at the AHA Annual Conference dinner in Ballarat, Victoria. (Click links to read judges’ citations.) The Allan Martin Award is a research fellowship to assist early career historians further their research Read more …