‘You’ll be Sorry! How World War II Changed Women’s Lives’

Congratulations to Ann Howard on two publications focusing on the hidden stories of Australians during World War II. You’ll be Sorry!  How World War II Changed Women’s Lives  (Big Sky Publishing, 2016) contains many firsthand accounts, documents and photographs that provide fascinating into women’s participation in the war effort. A Carefree War: The Hidden History Read more …

‘Gugu Badhun: People of the Valley of Lagoons ‘

Congratulations to Yvonne Cadet-James, Robert Andrew James, Sue McGinty and Russell McGregor on the publication of this innovative book which bridges historical scholarship and Aboriginal oral tradition to tell the story of the Gugu Badhun people from the upper Burdekin River in North Queensland. It offers new insights into Aboriginal–European interactions and new understandings of Read more …

‘The Intrepid Hilda Abbott: Author Designer, Red Cross Officer, Political Wife, 1890–1984’

Congratulations to Pam Oliver on this recent publication which examines Hilda Abbott’s life experience through two world wars and multiple careers as a Sydney Morning Herald correspondent, ABC broadcaster and interior designer and examins her actions during and after the bombing of Darwin through the lens of class, race, gender conventions and imperialism. Further information.

‘Memorandoms by James Martin’

Congratulations to AHA member Tim Causer, who has edited and introduced a new scholarly edition of the earliest Australian convict narrative, Memorandoms by James Martin, the only extant first-hand account of the escape from Australia by transported convicts James Martin, William and Mary Bryant and their two infant children, and six other male convicts on the night Read more …

‘A Historian For All Seasons: Essays for Geoffrey Bolton’

Congratulations to Stuart Macintyre, Jenny Gregory and Lenore Layman for the recent publication of their edited collection A Historian For All Seasons: Essays for Geoffrey Bolton (Monash University Press). The contributors take the work of Geoffrey Bolton, one of the most versatile and widely travelled of his generation of Australian historians, as a departure point Read more …

‘Tautai: Sāmoa, World History and the Life of Ta’isi O. F. Nelson’

Congratulations to Patricia O’Brien for the publication of her new book, a biography of Ta’isi O. F. Nelson, a leading Sāmoan businessman who was blamed for instigating Sāmoa’s long-running non-violent campaign for justice (the Mau) that challenged New Zealand, Britain and the newly minted powers of the League of Nations between the wars. Using many new Read more …

‘Australian Lives: An Intimate History’

Congratulations to Anisa Puri and Alistair Thomson on publication in May 2017 of their book. Australian Lives: An Intimate History, which illuminates Australian life across the 20th and into the 21st century. From oral history interviews with Australians born between 1920 and 1989, fifty narrators reflect on their diverse experiences as children and teenagers, in midlife Read more …

‘Hidden in Plain View’

Congratulations to Paul Irish. His new book, to be published in May 2017. The book shows that although they were often ignored in colonial narratives, local Aboriginal people did not lose their culture and die out within decades of Governor Phillip’s arrival in Sydney in 1788. Rather, they maintained a strong bond with the coast and its Read more …

‘Shack Life: The Survival Story of Three Royal National Park Communities’

Congratulations to Ingeborg van Teeseling for the publication of Shack Life: The Survival Story of Three Royal National Park Communities, which tells the story of three small beachside communities in the Royal National Park south of Sydney – Era, Burning Palms and Little Garie – and how their residents fought to save their beloved shacks.