Goldfields and the Gothic: A Hidden Heritage and Folklore

David Waldron has just released his latest anthology Goldfields and the Gothic: A Hidden Heritage and Folklore (Australian Scholarly Publishing) in which local historians of the long buried legends, histories and folklore of the Victorian goldfields and their legacy today. Every historian has a collection of strange, buried pieces of history; this work begins the Read more …

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 …

Linton Makes History: An Australian Goldfields Town and its Past

Jill Wheeler’s Linton Makes History: An Australian Goldfields Town and its Past (Melbourne University Publishing) places the history of this small gold rush town in western Victoria in the context of the wider Australian story, showing the impact of the broad themes in Australian history on ordinary people, and how histories of small places can Read more …

Settler Colonial Governance in Nineteenth-Century Victoria

Leigh Boucher and Lynette Russell’s edited collection Settler Colonial Governance in Nineteenth-Century Victoria (ANU Press, 2015) is a serious re-examination of existing work on the Aboriginal history of nineteenth-century Victoria, deploying the insights of postcolonial thought to wrench open the inner workings of territorial expropriation and its historically tenacious variability.