Congratulations to Kama Maclean for the publication of ‘British India, White Australia: Overseas Indians, Intercolonial Relations and the Empire’

Congratulations to Kama Maclean for the publication of British India, White Australia: Overseas Indians, Intercolonial Relations and the Empire (UNSW Press, 2020). The book explores connections between Australia and India through the lens of the British Empire by tracing the lives of people of Indian descent in Australia, from Australian Federation to Indian independence. Further Read more …

Congratulations to Nadia Rhook for the publication of ‘Boots’

Congratulations to Nadia Rhook for the publication of Boots (UWA Publishing, 2020). The book is about how: ‘The past lives in every step…Memories jump and jar in these poems, loosening history from the grip of archives and footnotes to nourish the imagination’. These poems examine the stubborn imperatives of race and entitlement, as signalled by the title itself, indicative of colonising boots Read more …

Congratulations to Barry Leithhead for the publication of ‘A Vision for Australia’s Health: Dr Cecil Cook at Work’

Congratulations to Barry Leithhead for the publication of A Vision for Australia’s Health: Dr Cecil Cook at Work (Australian Scholarly Publications, 2019). This biography explores the life of  Dr Cecil Evelyn Aufrere Cook, most widely known as the Chief Protector of Aborigines in the Northern Territory (1929–37). There was, however, much more to Dr Cook’s professional life than this role and period.   Further information 

Congratulations to Tiffany Shellam for the publication of ‘Meeting the Waylo: Aboriginal Encounters in the Archipelago’

Congratulations to Tiffany Shellam for the publication of Meeting the Waylo: Aboriginal Encounters in the Archipelago (UWA Publishing, 2020). The book is a history of story-making about the experiences of Migeo, Boongaree and Bundle, three Indigenous Australians who were intermediaries on board maritime expeditions in the early nineteenth century. By following the footsteps and fingerprints of the archivists as well as explorers, Shellam reminds us that the archive Read more …

Congratulations to Kate Fullagar for the publication of ‘The Warrior, the Voyager and the Artist’

Congratulations to Kate Fullagar for the publication of The Warrior, the Voyager and the Artist (Yale University Press, 2020). In this book, three interconnected eighteenth-century lives offer a fresh account of the British Empire and its intrusion into Indigenous societies. This engaging history brings together the stories of Joshua Reynolds and two Indigenous men, the Cherokee Ostenaco and the Raiatean Mai.  Further information 

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 …