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 …

AHA 2016: From Boom To Bust – update

The AHA 2016 conference website now includes registration costs (though registrations are not yet open) and information about accommodation (July is a peak tourist period for Ballarat and conference delegates are advised to book accommodation early). If you are on the home page for the conference you will see ‘Accommodation’ and ‘Registration’ links in the Read more …

AHA/Copyright Agency bursary scheme open

The AHA in association with the Copyright Agency is pleased to announce the availability of travel and writing bursaries linked to the AHA annual conference. The $700 bursaries are intended to encourage and support emerging historians who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference. The bursary is to be used to cover travel and Read more …

AHA members shortlisted for Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship

Alec O’Halloran and Philip Dwyer have been shortlisted for the 2016 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship $10,000 award, Alec for his biography of the life and art of Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, a Pintupi man and award-winning Papunya Tula artist from the Western Desert region of Central Australia, and Philip for the third volume in his work Read more …

Imperial Underworld: An Escaped Convict and the Transformation of the British Colonial Order

Just published is Kirsten McKenzie’s Imperial Underworld: An Escaped Convict and the Transformation of the British Colonial Order (Cambridge University Press) which argues that the colourful and salacious aspects of colonial administrations cannot be separated from the real business of political and social change. The book instead highlights the importance of taking gossip, paranoia, factional Read more …