‘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 …

‘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 …

‘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 …

‘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 …

‘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 …

‘Duchene/Hargraves’

Congratulations to Douglas Wilkie on the recent publication of Duchene/Hargraves: Alexandre Julien Duchene, Edward Hammond Hargraves and the Discovery of gold in Australia Three or Four Days from Sydney (Historia Incognita), which looks at the lives of Duchene and Hargraves, lived entirely separately until they both arrived in San Francisco towards the end of 1849. Read more …

‘Sword and Baton’

Congratulations to Justin Chadwick on the publication of his new book, which is a collection of 86 biographies, representing every Australian Army officer to reach the rank of major general from Federation to the outbreak of World War II. It describes a crucial period in Australian military history through the lives of the men at its Read more …

‘Beautiful Balts: From Displaced Persons to New Australians’

Congratulations to Jayne Persian whose book will be published by NewSouth Books in June and can be preordered now. Drawing on archives, oral history interviews and literature generated by the Displaced Persons themselves, the book traces the journeys of the 170,000 Displaced Persons who arrived in Australia between 1947 and 1952 from the camps of Read more …