‘Settlers, War, and Empire in the Press: Unsettling News in Australia and Britain, 1863–1902’

Congratulations to Sam Hutchinson on the publication of his new book, which explores how public commentary framed Australian involvement in the Waikato War (1863-64), the Sudan crisis (1885), and the South African War (1899-1902), a succession of conflicts that reverberated around the British Empire and which the newspaper press reported at length. In doing so, the Read more …

‘Truth’s Fool: Derek Freeman and the War over Cultural Anthropology’

Congratulations to Peter Hempenstall on the publication of his new book, which explores how New Zealand anthropologist Derek Freeman ignited a ferocious controversy in 1983 when he denounced the research of Margaret Mead, a world-famous public intellectual who had died five years earlier. Freeman’s claims caught the attention of popular media, converging with other vigorous cultural Read more …

Vale Ken Inglis (1929–2017)

With the death on 1 December of Ken Inglis, Australia lost one of its most original historians and our profession one of its most admired members. On 12 December a large gathering of family and friends celebrated his life in tributes, memories, poetry and song at Queen’s College, University of Melbourne, where he began his Read more …

2017 Ken Inglis prize

Congratulations to Rowan Light (University of Auckland) who has won the 2017 Ken Inglis prize, awarded by Australian Historical Studies for the best paper presented by a postgraduate student at the Australian Historical Association conference with ‘Unknown Anzacs: The Politics and Performance of Bodily Repatriation in Postcolonial State Formation’. We also congratulate the runner-up Natalie Read more …

2017 CEW Bean Prize for Military History

Congratulations to Anneke van Mosseveld, who has been awarded the prestigious 2017 CEW Bean Prize for Military History (postgraduate division for her doctoral thesis ‘Fighting Fit: A History of Innovation in the Australian Government Clothing Factory and in the Australian Army Uniform, 1912–1995’.