NAA/AHA Postgraduate Scholarship 2020 Recipients

The AHA would like to thank all who applied for the 2020 NAA/AHA Postgraduate Scholarships, which provide assistance with digitisation of material held by the National Archives. The judges noted the successful applicants had ‘exciting, diverse and challenging research projects,’ and we congratulate the four recipients:  Yianni Cartledge for the project ‘Aegean Islander Migration to the United Kingdom, United States and Australia, Read more …

Australian Historical Association responds to announcement of increased costs of humanities subjects

The Australian Historical Association expresses its dismay and fierce disapproval to the significant increase in costs for undertaking humanities undergraduate subjects announced today by the Minister for Education, Dan Tehan. This decision is severely short-sighted and reveals a lack of understanding  of the vital importance of humanities training for the employees of tomorrow.  It is unnecessarily punitive and displays Read more …

Congratulations to Michael Bennett for the publication of ‘War Against Smallpox: Edward Jenner and the Global Spread of Vaccination’

Congratulations to Michael Bennett for the publication of War Against Smallpox: Edward Jenner and the Global Spread of Vaccination (Cambridge University Press, 2020). The book provides the first history of the global spread of vaccination during the Napoleonic Wars, offering a new assessment of the cowpox discovery and Edward Jenner’s achievement in making cowpox inoculation a viable and universally available practice.  Read more …

Congratulations to Pat Wheatley and Charlotte Dunn for the publication of ‘Demetrius the Besieger’

Congratulations to Pat Wheatley and Charlotte Dunn for the publication of Demetrius the Besieger (OUP, 2020). This book offers the first historical and historiographical biography of Demetrius Poliorcetes (336-282 BC) to be published in English. Demetrius was known as ‘The Besieger of Cities’, and presided over the disintegration of Alexander the Great’s Empire after 323 Read more …

‘Urgent Histories’ Forum

The upcoming issue of History Australia features a forum responding to the theme of ‘urgent histories.’ The forum consists of three papers with a response by Paul Kramer: ‘Here we stand: temporal thinking in urgent times’by Tamson Pietsch and Frances Flanagan; ‘Doing environmental history in urgent times’by Katie Holmes, Andrea Gaynor and Ruth Morgan; and ‘Training historians in urgent times’ by Yves Rees Read more …

Congratulations to Mark Dunn for the publication of ‘The Convict Valley’

Congratulations to Mark Dunn for the publication of The Convict Valley (Allen & Unwin, 2020). The book examines the impact of the British invasion and use of the valley as a penal station between 1804 and 1821, the environmental impact of the convict coal mines and timber getting and then the opening of the valley to emigrant farmers in the Read more …