The Prosecution Project

With Mark Finnane and the project team. The Prosecution Project is digitising Australia’s criminal justice records. This presentation will outline the project aims, discuss its scope and impact and illustrate some of its early outcomes. This event will also provide an opportunity for guests to speak with Supreme Court Library staff about an overview of Read more …

Crime Writing in the Archives

With Gideon Haigh, Vikki Petraitis, Lee Hooper and Michael Shelford A panel discussion featuring crime writers and researchers who have used either the state archives or Ancestry.com.au to discover crimes of Victoria’s past.

It’s All In Your Head: Phrenology, Crime and Australian Society

Historian and author Alexandra Roginski discusses phrenology, the popular science that became one of the 19th century’s most enduring fads. She explores its central tenet: that character and intellect could be determined from a person’s head, and applied to fields including criminal reform, career guidance, and even child rearing. Entry is free and bookings are Read more …

Updates from The Prosecution Project, Griffith University

ARC Laureate Fellow Mark Finnane’s research team at ‘The Prosecution Project’, with AHA members Amanda Kaladelfos, Alana Piper, Lisa Durnian and Robyn Blewer, and Griffith University’s media team have created an educational video on researching criminal trials in Australia. You can find the video on their website. With the help of many volunteers, the project Read more …

New digitised records from Public Record Office Victoria

More than 7000 women are included among the Female Prison Registers 1855–1934 now available online. The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre website hosts a series of more than 270 digitised ‘Petitions of the People’ ranging from 1870 to 1899. PROV delves deeper into some of the ‘occupation’ category petitions to reveal requested changes to local butchering Read more …

AHA member Kerry King wins 2015 Margaret Medcalf Award

AHA member Kerry King is the 2015 recipient of the Margaret Medcalf Award for her PhD thesis ‘A lesser species of homicide – manslaughter, negligent and dangerous driving causing death: the prosecution of drivers in Western Australia, 1946-2011’. This annual award acknowledges excellence in research and referencing. In presenting the Award, Culture and Arts Minister Read more …

Blood Revenge: Murder on the Hawkesbury 1799

Lyn Stewart has followed up her presentation at the 2014 AHA conference with the forthcoming publication of her book in March 2015. Blood Revenge: Murder on the Hawkesbury 1799 (Rosenberg Publishing) examines the 1799 trial of five white men found guilty of killing two Aborigines and answers the disturbing question of why they were never Read more …