‘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 …

‘Minding Her Own Business’ shortlisted

Congratulations to Catherine Bishop, whose book Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney has been shortlisted for the 2016 Ashurst Business Literature Prize, an award established to encourage and recognise the highest standards of literary commentary on Australian business and financial affairs. Further information.

‘Travelling Home: Walkabout Magazine and Mid-Twentieth-Century Australia’

Anna Johnston and Mitchell Rolls’s book provides a detailed analysis of the contribution Walkabout magazine made to Australia’s cultural history during the period 1934 to 1974. The book argues that through advocating travel—both vicarious and actual—Walkabout encouraged settler Australians to broaden their image of the nation and its place in the Pacific region and reveals Read more …

‘Report of Rosendo Salvado to Propaganda Fide in 1900’

Translated and edited by Stefano Girola, and published for the first time in English, is the last report written by Bishop Rosendo Salvado for the Vatican Congregation of Propaganda Fide. Salvado’s detailed assessment of his missionary experience at New Norcia Mission in Western Australia is a valuable primary source for those interested in church and Indigenous Read more …