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 …

Honest History update

New on the Honest History website: a long essay on the battle by Vietnam veterans to have a new independent history written about health issues post-Vietnam, particularly the effects of Agent Orange an article by John Brookes on the links between nationalism and phenomena like Anzac an article by David Stephens, drawing upon recent Turkish Read more …

Direct Hit: The Bombing of Darwin Post Office

Brett Bowden has just published a new book on the 1942 bombing of Darwin, Direct Hit: The Bombing of Darwin Post Office (Rosenberg Publishing) that reveals the bravery and resourcefulness of PMG staff and other civilians at the affected site where the Overland Telegraph met the undersea cable which linked Australia to the rest of Read more …

Australian Women War Reporters

Join author Jeannine Baker as she tells the hidden story of Australian and New Zealand women war reporters who fought for equality with their male colleagues and filed stories from the main conflicts of the twentieth century. Jeannine will draw out the links between the experiences of these pioneers and the contemporary realities faced by 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 …

The Dalfram Dispute,1938: Pig Iron Bob

Stuart Macintyre and Les Louis (along with historians Glenn Mitchell, Drew Cottle, Greg Mallory and curator of the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Zhu ChengShan) were contributors to the documentary The Dalfram Dispute,1938: Pig Iron Bob which covers the wartime dock dispute at Port Kembla during which Robert Menzies gained the moniker ‘Pig Iron Bob’. The documentary Read more …

History Australia, vol 12, issue 2 out now!

The August issue of History Australia includes a special feature on displaced persons guest edited by Marke Edele and Sheila Fitzpatrick with contributions from Paul Sendziuk, Klaus Neumann, Jayne Persian and Ruth Balint, as well as the editors themselves. The editors’ introduction – ‘Displaced Persons: From the Soviet Union to Australia in the wake of the Read more …