The Worst Woman in Sydney: The Life and Crimes of Kate Leigh

Leigh Straw’s The Worst Woman in Sydney: The Life and Crimes of Kate Leigh (NewSouth Books) is the first biography of legendary Kate Leigh, famed brothel madam, sly grog seller and drug dealer. Leigh tells the full story of how this wayward Reformatory girl from Dubbo made a fortune in eastern Sydney and defied the Read more …

From Pioneer to Premier

Lyndon Megarrity will present a paper on the life and times of Sir Robert Philp, Queensland Premier (1899-1903; 1907-8) and co-founder of Burns, Philp & Co.

Individual in International History

Sponsored by the Laureate Research Program in International History, University of Sydney This research seminar willexplore the value and limitations of studying international history via individual lives. Panellists Sophie Loy-Wilson, Anne Rees, Warwick Anderson and Sarah Dunstanwill offer reflections from their current research, while Barbara Caine and Sheila Fitzpatrick will provide comment. There will also Read more …

Australia Council grant for biography of Indigenous artist

AHA member Alec O’Halloran has been awarded an Australia Council grant to continue work on his biography of the life and art of Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, a Pintupi man and award-winning Papunya Tula artist from the Western Desert region of Central Australia. 1,542 applications were received in this round of grants and 404 projects have Read more …