Swimming with the Spit – 100 Years of the Spit Amateur Swim Club

Join Dr Tanya Evans for a talk focusing on the forthcoming community authored, supported and funded book Swimming with the Spit: 100 Years of the Spit Amateur Swim Club. Tanya and the book’s other contributors hope to encourage readers and swimmers to think historically about their ambles down to the beach, invigorating morning swims and afternoon dips on sultry Sydney-summer 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 …

Dancing in my Dreams: Confronting the Spectre of Polio

Kerry Highley’s Dancing in my Dreams: Confronting the Spectre of Polio (Monash University Publishing) details the disease and its treatment, the scientific endeavour that led to the discovery of the poliovirus, and the studies in virology and immunology that culminated in the production of a polio vaccine. It highlights the experiences of patients and the Read more …

Frank Bongiorno in conversation with Clare Wright

Frank Bongiorno’s The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia (Black Inc.) brings to life the most controversial decade in Australian history, with high-flying entrepreneurs booming and busting, torrid debates over land rights and immigration, the advent of AIDS, a harsh recession and the rise of the New Right. Join the author and historian Clare Wright Read more …

A Year-round Holiday: The Histories of West Lakes

Susan Marsden’s book, A Year-round Holiday: The Histories of West Lakes (Wakefield Press) considers more than 180 years of history of an area of so-called wasteland of degraded swamp and sand that was transformed in the 1970s into well-groomed waterways and homes. The title quotes the marketing slogan used to sell this development as a prestigious place to Read more …