Richard Brooks: From Convict Ship Captain to Pillar of Early Colonial Australia

Christine Maher’s biography of an early colonial magnate, Richard Brooks: From Convict Ship Captain to Pillar of Early Colonial Australia (Rosenberg Publishing), provides a glimpse into the social, political and domestic life of that famed group of landowning settlers of the first 20 years of the colony. The book will be launched by Peter Stanley Read more …

Georgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines

Bernice Barry’s Georgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines – a biography of one of Australia’s first internationally successful female botanists – was a best-seller in Western Australia and has been picked up by two major publishers. Bernice signed with Pan Macmillan in December and a new edition of the book will be released under their Read more …

Stephen Foster: Zoffany’s daughter; a biographical fragment

National Centre of Biography Workshop My subject is a microhistory – that is, a small story with potentially large meanings. In mid-1825 Cecilia Zoffany, daughter of the illustrious painter Johann Zoffany, a woman of ‘rank and fashion’ and reputed to be a great beauty, arrived with two of her children on the island of Guernsey. Read more …

Ink in Her Veins: The Troubled Life of Aileen Palmer

Forthcoming in March is Sylvia Martins’ Ink in Her Veins: The Troubled Life of Aileen Palmer (UWA Publishing). It is a portrait of the poet, translator, political activist, adventurer and daughter of Vance and Nettie Palmer who was a talented woman slowly brought down by war, family expectations, and psychiatric illness and the sometimes cruel Read more …

AHA members shortlisted for Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship

Alec O’Halloran and Philip Dwyer have been shortlisted for the 2016 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship $10,000 award, Alec for 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, and Philip for the third volume in his work Read more …

The Making of a Reformer: Don Dunstan before the Dunstan Decade

Angela Woollacott’s AHA 2016 presidential address, ‘The Making of a Reformer: Don Dunstan before the Dunstan Decade’, will be presented at the 2016 AHA annual conference in Ballarat on the evening of 4 July in the National Heritage Listed Trades Hall. It was built in 1877 as a meeting place for Ballarat’s trade unions and Read more …

Three Dunera Lives

Join Australian historians Ken Inglis and Seumas Spark, together with American historian Jay Winter, as they examine the lives of three very different Dunera boys: Mike Sondheim, Gary Sostheim and Erwin Lamm. There is no single Dunera story. The lives of the 2500 ‘Dunera boys’ – their histories, successes, failures, political and religious beliefs – were and are Read more …

Congratulations to AHA member recipients of State Library of NSW fellowships!

Russell McGregor has been awarded the 2016 David Scott Mitchell Memorial Fellowship for a project entitled ‘Bush Naturalist: A Life of Alec Chisholm’, which will culminate in a book-length biography of this pioneer conservationist and popular natural-history writer. Cath Bishop has been awarded the 2016 Australian Religious History Fellowship for a project entitled ‘“She Has Read more …

James George Drake (1850–1941)

Inaugural CAUL/ASA Fellow, and AHA member, Dr Lyndon Megarrity, explores the controversies and passions of Queensland’s first Senator. Drake, a London-born barrister, publisher, journalist and leading politician, played a prominent role in state and federal politics. During the 1890s, he worked tirelessly to secure a popular YES vote for Federation, and championed democratic reforms such Read more …

Hazel Rowley Fellowship shortlist for 2015

Naomi Parry has been shortlisted for the Hazel Rowley Fellowship for 2015. The Fellowship commemorates the life, ideas and writing of Hazel Rowley (1951–2011) and awards $10,000 to an Australian writer to support the writing and research of a new biographical work. The intention is to encourage risk taking and travel to immerse writers in Read more …