15th Biennial Labour History Conference: ‘Workers of the World’

Today, the Australian working class are workers of the world: in the sense that we are a predominantly immigrant working class (or the descendants of relatively recent immigrants); and in the sense that workers from so many of the world’s nations, languages and cultures have made their homes here. The year 2017 also marks the centenary Read more …

‘Australians and the First World War: Local-Global Connections and Contexts’

Congratulations to James Bennett and Kate Ariotti for the publication of this edited collection, which was launched at the Newcastle conference by Professor Stuart Macintyre. This book contributes to the global turn in First World War studies by exploring Australians’ engagements with the conflict across varied boundaries and by situating Australian voices and perspectives within Read more …

Serle Award for the best postgraduate thesis in Australian history

The Serle Award is a biennial prize to commemorate the contribution to Australian History of Dr Geoffrey Serle (1922–1998). Geoffrey Serle was Lecturer in History at the University of Melbourne (1951–60), Senior Lecturer and Reader in History at Monash University (1961–63), and General Editor of the Australian Dictionary of Biography (1975–88). The Award has been Read more …

‘The Pivot of Power: Australian Prime Ministers and Political Leadership, 1949–2016’

Congratulations to Paul Strangio, Paul ‘t Hart and James Walter for their new book, which will be published on 28 August 2017. This second volume about the history of Australian prime ministers looks at how although prime ministership remains the main prize in Australian politics, it has become an increasingly precarious one. The book explains the Read more …

‘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 …

‘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 …