‘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 …

2016 Wang Gungwu Prize

Congratulations to Devleena Ghosh, who has won the Asian Studies Association of Australia’s (ASAA) 2016 Wang Gungwu Prize, a prestigious award for the best article in Asian Studies Review each year. Her article, ‘Burma–Bengal Crossings: Intercolonial Connections in Pre-Independence India’, which appeared in Asian Studies Review vol. 20, no. 2, explores cultural and personal flows 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.

‘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 …

History Australia 14.1

The latest issue of History Australia is now available and features a collection of excellent of articles from a range of historians including Amanda Nettelbeck, Jim Berryman and Amy McKernan, as well as exhibition and book reviews. All members of the AHA receive a subscription to the journal. To access it online, log in to Read more …

Newcastle 2018 Conference

Preparations for ‘Entangled Histories’, the AHA 2018 conference are coming along apace. Keynote speakers include Professor Dane Kennedy, Elmer Louis Kayser Professor of History and International Affairs, George Washington University; Professor Christina Twomey, Head of History, Monash University; and Associate Professor Michelle Moravec, a digital historian who works primarily in computational linguistics. Early bird registration closes Monday 1 Read more …

NLA/AHA Postgraduate Scholarships

The April 2017 round of the National Archives of Australia/Australian Historical Association scholarships is now open. These awards assist talented postgraduate scholars with the cost of copying records held in the Archives, allowing access to material that might not otherwise be possible. Students enrolled in a Masters or PhD degree in history are invited to 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 …

Ernest Scott Prize winner

Congratulations to AHA member Tom Griffiths, whose book The Art of Time Travel: Historians and their Craft (Black Inc., 2016) has won the 2017 Ernest Scott Prize for History. This prestigious prize, offered through the History Program in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, is awarded for the finest work of history Read more …