Free masterclass in Sydney with Fay Anderson 7 September

The Centre for Media History at Macquarie University is hosting a free masterclass with Associate Professor Fay Anderson (Monash) on Wednesday 7 September at 2pm, to coincide with the release of her latest book, Shooting the Picture: Press Photography in Australia (Melbourne University Press).  Early career researchers and postgraduate students are particularly welcome. Expressions of 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 …

Fund Trove

The AHA has been active in calling to have the funding restored to Australia’s cultural institutions which will affect Trove, the online archive developed and managed by the National Library of Australia that is a fundamental piece of research infrastructure. The President, Angela Woollacott wrote to Scott Morrison on 17 December 2016 protesting the cuts Read more …

Spider Web: The Birth of American Anticommunism

Nick Fischer’s Spider Web: The Birth of American Anticommunism (University of Illinois Press) details how anticommunist myths and propaganda influenced mainstream politics in America, and how the right’s efforts paved the way for the McCarthyite 1950s and augured the conservative backlash that would transform American politics. The book will be launched by Stuart Macintyre in Read more …

The Worst Woman in Sydney: The Life and Crimes of Kate Leigh

Leigh Straw’s The Worst Woman in Sydney: The Life and Crimes of Kate Leigh (NewSouth Books) is the first biography of legendary Kate Leigh, famed brothel madam, sly grog seller and drug dealer. Leigh tells the full story of how this wayward Reformatory girl from Dubbo made a fortune in eastern Sydney and defied the Read more …

AHA member nominated for Alice Literary Awards

Clare Wright has been nominated by the Victorian branch of the Society of Women Writers as its representative in the Alice Literary Awards, presented biennially by the SWW. The Alice Literary Award is a presented to an Australian woman who has made a distinguished, long-term contribution to Australian Literature. Previous winners include Eleanor Dark, Judith Read more …

The Search for a New National Identity: The Rise of Multiculturalism in Canada and Australia, 1890s–1970s

Jatinder Mann’s The Search for a New National Identity: The Rise of Multiculturalism in Canada and Australia, 1890s–1970s (Peter Lang Publishing) asks a key historical question: why and how did multiculturalism replace Britishness as the defining idea of community for English-speaking Canada and Australia, and what does this say about their respective experiences of nationalism Read more …