‘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 …

‘The Search for a New National Identity’

Jatinder Mann discusses his new book The Search for a New National Identity: The Rise of Multiculturalism in Canada and Australia, 1890s-1970s (Peter Lang Publishing, 2016). This book explores the profound social, cultural, and political changes that affected the way in which Canadians and Australians defined themselves as a ‘people’ from the late nineteenth century Read more …

‘Stories from the Sandstone: Quarantine Inscriptions from Australia’s Immigrant Past’

Congratulations to Peter Hobbins, Ursula K. Frederick and Anne Clarke on the publication of their book which combines intensive archaeological investigation and historical research to illuminate Australia’s past through often evocative quarantine inscriptions. The book draws upon historical records, diaries and other writings, to highlight the dramatic effects of diseases and discover where the authors of Read more …

‘Behind Glass Doors: The World of Australian Advertising Agencies 1959–1989’

Congratulations to Robert Crawford and Jackie Dickenson on the publication of Behind Glass Doors: The World of Australian Advertising Agencies 1959–1989 (UWAP), which reveals the inner workings of the Australian advertising agency business during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Drawing on interviews with over a hundred former admen and women across all agency departments, the Read more …

‘Gay Men at the Movies: Cinema, Memory and the History of a Gay Male Community’

Congratulations to Scott McKinnon on the publication of his book Gay Men at the Movies: Cinema, Memory and the History of a Gay Male Community (Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press). Drawing on film reviews, media reports, personal memoirs, oral histories and a striking range of films, this book explores the major role cinema has played Read more …

2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Shortlist

Congratulations to AHA members shortlisted in the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Sheila Fitzpatrick’s On Stalin’s Team: the Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics is on the shortlist for the Non-fiction Prize and Peter Monteath and Valerie Munt’s Red Professor: The Cold War Life of Fred Rose is on the shortlist for the Australian Read more …

‘Across the Seas’ wins 2016 CHASS Australia Prize

Congratulations to AHA member Klaus Neumann, whose book Across the Seas: Australia’s Response to Refugees: A History has won the 2016 CHASS Australia Prize for a Book. The prize, announced on 21 October, was awarded to the Australian writer whose non-fiction book published in 2015 contributed most to Australian cultural and intellectual life. Further details.   Read more …