‘You’ll be Sorry! How World War II Changed Women’s Lives’

Congratulations to Ann Howard on two publications focusing on the hidden stories of Australians during World War II. You’ll be Sorry!  How World War II Changed Women’s Lives  (Big Sky Publishing, 2016) contains many firsthand accounts, documents and photographs that provide fascinating into women’s participation in the war effort. A Carefree War: The Hidden History Read more …

‘Gugu Badhun: People of the Valley of Lagoons ‘

Congratulations to Yvonne Cadet-James, Robert Andrew James, Sue McGinty and Russell McGregor on the publication of this innovative book which bridges historical scholarship and Aboriginal oral tradition to tell the story of the Gugu Badhun people from the upper Burdekin River in North Queensland. It offers new insights into Aboriginal–European interactions and new understandings of Read more …

‘The Intrepid Hilda Abbott: Author, Designer, Red Cross Officer, Political Wife, 1890–1984’

Congratulations to Pam Oliver on this recent publication which examines Hilda Abbott’s life experience through two world wars and multiple careers as a Sydney Morning Herald correspondent, ABC broadcaster and interior designer and examins her actions during and after the bombing of Darwin through the lens of class, race, gender conventions and imperialism. Further information.

NAA/AHA postgraduate scholarship, Round 1 2017

Congratulations to Miranda Francis (PhD candidate, La Trobe University) and her project ‘Why did Mrs ‘Smith’ send a submission to the Royal Commission on Human Relationships? Family life in 1970s Australia’ and Holly Taylor (PhD candidate, University of Washington) with her project ‘Preserving Places That Matter: The Origins of Social Value in Australian Heritage Conservation’, Read more …

2017 AHA prizes

The two annual AHA prizes were announced at the conference dinner on Thursday 6 July 2017. Congratulations to James Findlay, who won the 2017 Jill Roe Prize for an unpublished history essay by a postgraduate student with his ‘Cinematic Landscapes, Dark Tourism and the Ghosts of Port Arthur’ (full citation here) and to Benjamin Mountford whose Read more …

AHA 2017: Newcastle

A big vote of appreciation to the conference organising committee from Newcastle: Philip Dwyer, Nancy Cushing, Victoria Haskins, Lyndall Ryan, Julie McIntyre, James Bennett, Kate Ariotti and Kit Candlin. Not only did they turn on magnificent weather, they put together a wide-ranging, stimulating and inclusive program – of both academic papers and social events – in beautiful venues. Thank Read more …