Disabled Children and the Immigration of DP Families after WWII

An Australian Studies Research Network with Ruth Balint. This paper draws on extensive original archival research to consider a hidden history of the children left behind, in the light of recent historiography of the new humanitarianism of the postwar era, which mostly assumes that keeping the family together was a priority at all costs, and Read more …

New Lives in a New Country?

The Library holds hundreds of published recollections of migrants from non-English-speaking backgrounds. What do they tell us about the migrant experience and about Australia as a country of immigration? Do migrants’ life histories form part of Australian history? And what’s food got to do with ‘ethnic writing’? Klaus Neumann will answer these and other questions Read more …

AHA member to be 2016 Allan Martin Public Lecturer

Joy Damousi will be the 2016 Allan Martin Public Lecturer at the Australian National University in May. Allan Martin (1926–2002) was an intellectual, institutional, and social pioneer. When most Australians went to England for their postgraduate work, he chose ANU, where he was the first doctoral student in History in the Research School of Social Read more …

First Eric Richards Symposium in British and Australasian History

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Migration and the Private Lives of the Hoddle Grid

Join a historian of colonial Melbourne, Nadia Rhook, to retrace the urban foot paths of migrants – from the British colonists who laid the Hoddle Grid over Wurundjeri land to the nascent South Asian diaspora based around ‘Little Lon’ and the politics of love, labour and opium in Little Bourke’s Chinese Quarter. Discover how Melbourne Read more …

Memory and Migration in the Shadow of War: Australia’s Greek Immigrants after World War II and the Greek Civil War

Joy Damousi’s Memory and Migration in the Shadow of War: Australia’s Greek Immigrants after World War II and the Greek Civil War (Cambridge University Press) was published this month. Focusing on Australia’s Greek immigrants in the aftermath of the Second World War and the Greek Civil War, the book explores the concept of remembrance within 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 …