‘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.

‘Cold War to Hot Planet: Fifty Years of Arena’

Congratulations to John Hinkson, Paul James, Alison Caddick, Simon Cooper, Melinda Hinkson and Dan Tout who have edited Cold War to Hot Planet: Fifty Years of Arena, a collection that reflects on Arena’s contribution to Australian cultural and political life over the past five decades. The volume presents exploratory essays on international and domestic issues Read more …

‘Encounters with Asian Decolonisation’

Congratulations to David Fettling, for his recently published book Encounters with Asian Decolonisation (Australian Scholarly Publishing), which tells the story of how, five Australians, all government officials, experienced first-hand the ‘revolt of Asia’ after the Second World War. In doing so, it reveals much about the evolution of Australia’s Asian engagement during the twentieth century Read more …

Play On! The Hidden History of Women’s Australian Rules Football

Congratulations to Brunette Lenkić and Rob Hess, whose timely new book, Play On! The Hidden History of Women’s Australian Rules Football (Echo Publishing), is the first comprehensive history of women’s Australian Rules football and showcases the hard work and resilience of players, coaches and administrators that has kept the women’s game alive since its inception in Read more …

‘Japanese War Criminals: The Politics of Justice After the Second World War’

Congratulations to Sandra Wilson, Robert Cribb, Beatrice Trefalt and Dean Aszkielowicz, who have recently published Japanese War Criminals: The Politics of Justice After the Second World War (Columbia University Press). The book details how, beginning in late 1945, the United States, Britain, China, Australia, France, the Netherlands, and later the Philippines, the Soviet Union, and the Read more …

‘Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire’

Congratulations to Jane Lydon, whose new book Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire (Bloomsbury) explores how photographs, with their power to create a sense of proximity and empathy, have long been a crucial means of exchanging ideas between people across the globe. Focusing on Australian experience in a global context, the book offers a rich selection of case studies to Read more …

‘Australians in Shanghai: Race, Rights and Nation in Treaty Port China’

Congratulations to Sophie Loy-Wilson on the publication of her book, which focuses on a diverse community of Australians who settled in Shanghai in the first half of the twentieth century and forged a ‘China trade’, circulating goods, people and ideas across the South China Sea, from Shanghai and Hong Kong to Sydney and Melbourne. In Read more …

News from ‘Honest History’

New on the Honest History website are Walter Phillips (Emeritus, La Trobe) on his pilgrimage to Gallipoli, Doug Munro (UQ) on Brian Matthews and Mark McKenna on Manning Clark, Marian Quartly (Monash) on Griffith Review 55 on South Australia, Tjanara Goreng Goreng (ANU) on Rebe Taylor on Tasmanian Aborigines, Mark Latham from 2002 on the Read more …

‘How the Personal Became Political: Reassessing Australia’s Revolutions in Gender and Sexuality in the 1970s’.

Congratulations to Michelle Arrow and Angela Woollacott, who have edited an Australian Feminist Studies virtual special issue to coincide with the ANU Gender Institute Symposium, ‘How the Personal Became Political: Reassessing Australia’s Revolutions in Gender and Sexuality in the 1970s’. Australian Feminist Studies was a product of these revolutions, established in 1985 in response to the expansion of women’s Read more …