Another keynote speaker confirmed for AHA 2016

Adam Wilkinson will deliver the address ‘The death of the moral prerogative – why bother with urban conservation’ in July in Ballarat at AHA 2016: From Boom to Bust. Adam is Director of Edinburgh World Heritage. With an MA in Medieval History and Russian Language, an MSc in Historic Conservation and a broad knowledge of Read more …

Vale Patrick Wolfe

The history community received further bad news last week in hearing of the death Patrick Wolfe. Patrick was just about to return to the History program at La Trobe University to take up a research fellowship. He will be remembered by his colleagues for his energy, kindness and original thinking. The AHA extends its condolences Read more …

Contesting Australian History: Festschrift in honour of Professor Marilyn Lake

Thursday 8 December to Friday 9 December 2016, Gryphon Gallery, 1888 Building , University of Melbourne This festschrift event is in celebration of Marilyn Lake’s scholarship and teaching and her contributions to different university communities and the Australian Historical Association, and her much valued friendship and collegiality over many years. The themes of the two Read more …

NAA/AHA scholarship winners

The National Archives of Australia and the AHA have awarded two new scholarships to support postgraduate archival research into unexplored aspects of Australia’s history. The latest winners of the twice-yearly joint scholarships for 2015–16 are PhD candidates Catherine Horne from the Australian National University (ANU) and Fallon Mody from the University of Melbourne. Read the Read more …

Settling the Office: The Australian Prime Ministership from Federation to Reconstruction

James Walter, with Paul Strangio and Paul T’Hart, have recently published Settling the Office: The Australian Prime Ministership from Federation to Reconstruction (Melbourne University Press). It chronicles the development of the prime ministership from its rudimentary early days following Federation through to the powerful, institutionalised prime-ministerial leadership of the postwar era.

In Defence of Country: Life Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Servicemen and Women

Noah Riseman’s book In Defence of Country: Life Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Servicemen and Women (ANU Press and Aboriginal History Inc.) presents life stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ex-servicemen and women who served in the Australian Army, Navy and Air Force after the Second World War and highlight the many Read more …

Ink in Her Veins: The Troubled Life of Aileen Palmer

Forthcoming in March is Sylvia Martins’ Ink in Her Veins: The Troubled Life of Aileen Palmer (UWA Publishing). It is a portrait of the poet, translator, political activist, adventurer and daughter of Vance and Nettie Palmer who was a talented woman slowly brought down by war, family expectations, and psychiatric illness and the sometimes cruel Read more …

Royal Society of NSW History and Philosophy of Science Medal 2015 awarded to AHA member

The Royal Society of NSW has awarded Warwick Anderson (University of Sydney) its History and Philosophy of Science Medal for 2015. The inaugural medal in 2014 was awarded to Dr Ann Moyal. In 2014 Professor Anderson, with immunologist Ian Mackay, published Intolerant Bodies: A Short History of Autoimmunity (Johns Hopkins University Press) helps close the Read more …