Open Letter from Australian historians: Climate-Linked Fires Summer 2020

The recent catastrophic and tragic bushfires have demonstrated the urgent and desperate need for action on climate change policy. Australia can no longer lag behind other countries in its poor record on climate change policy and action. The AHA urges all its members to sign this Open Letter identifying the need for immediate action. If Read more …

Congratulations to Peter Cochrane, whose frontier novel ‘The Making of Martin Sparrow’ has been longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award for 2020

Congratulations to Peter Cochrane, whose frontier novel The Making of Martin Sparrow (Penguin/Viking 2018) has been longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award for 2020. A total of 156 books were nominated by libraries from 40 countries.  Further information 

Congratulations to Anna Clark for the publication of the edited collection ‘The Knowledge Solution: Australian History’

Congratulations to Anna Clark for the publication of the edited collection The Knowledge Solution: Australian History (MUP, 2019). What can we learn from recurring events across the recent history of Australia, of colonisation, nationalism, racism, fighting on foreign shores, land booms, industrial campaigns and culture wars? Arguments about the discipline of Australian History, from thinkers across the ideological and historical spectrum, are Read more …

Congratulations to Alison Holland for the publication of ‘Breaking the Silence. Aboriginal Defenders and the Settler State, 1905-1939’

Congratulations to Alison Holland for the publication of Breaking the Silence. Aboriginal Defenders and the Settler State, 1905-1939 (MUP, 2019). This book recovers the conflicted politics of Aboriginal affairs in the first decades of the twentieth century, showing that there was no ‘great Australian silence’ on this question in the first half of the twentieth Read more …

Congratulations to Amanda Laugesen and Richard Gehrmann for the publication of ‘Communication, Interpreting and Language in Wartime’

Congratulations to Amanda Laugesen and Richard Gehrmann for publication of the edited collection Communication, Interpreting and Language in Wartime: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). It examines the historical and contemporary experiences of interpreters in war and in war crimes trials, as well as considering policy issues in communication difficulties in war-related contexts.  Further information

Congratulations to Henry Reese for winning the 2019 Ken Inglis Prize

The Ken Inglis Prize is awarded by the Editorial Board of the journal Australian Historical Studies and the publisher Routledge/Taylor & Francis, to the best paper presented by a postgraduate student at the Australian Historical Association annual conference. Congratulations to Henry Reese who has been awarded the Ken Inglis Prize for his paper ‘Protecting the National Soundscape: The Gramophone Industry Read more …

Congratulations to Greg Burgess for the publication of ‘Refugees and the Promise of Asylum in Postwar France, 1945-1995’

Congratulations to Greg Burgess for the publication of Refugees and the Promise of Asylum in Postwar France, 1945-1995 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). This book recounts France’s responses to refugees from the liberation of Paris in 1944 to the end of the civil wars in the former Yugoslavia in 1995. It questions whether France fulfilled the promise Read more …

Congratulations to Bettina Bradbury for the publication of ‘Caroline’s Dilemma: A colonial inheritance saga’

Congratulations to Bettina Bradbury for the publication of Caroline’s Dilemma: A colonial inheritance saga (NewSouth Books, 2019). Could a man use his will to force his widow and children to leave Australia and move to Ireland? This was the question that Caroline Kearney, an unknown emigrant from England, faced after her husband died in 1865. The history of the Kearney family Read more …