‘Imperium of the Soul: The Political and Aesthetic Imagination of Edwardian Imperialists’

Congratulations to Norman Etherington on the publication of this book in January. In a series of thematically linked chapters, he explores the work of writers Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, Rider Haggard and John Buchan along with the composer Edward Elgar and the architect Herbert Baker. Further information.

‘Cosmopolitan Lives on the Cusp of Empire: Interfaith, Cross-Cultural and Transnational Networks, 1860-1950’

Congratulations to Jane Haggis, Clare Midgley, Margaret Allen and Fiona Paisley, whose co-authored book was launched at the AHA conference in July. The book looks back to the period 1860 to 1950 to grasp how alternative visions of amity and co-existence were forged between people of faith, both within and resistant to imperial contact zones. Further information.

‘The Pivot of Power: Australian Prime Ministers and Political Leadership, 1949–2016’

Congratulations to Paul Strangio, Paul ‘t Hart and James Walter for their new book, which will be published on 28 August 2017. This second volume about the history of Australian prime ministers looks at how although prime ministership remains the main prize in Australian politics, it has become an increasingly precarious one. The book explains the Read more …

‘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.

‘Memorandoms by James Martin’

Congratulations to AHA member Tim Causer, who has edited and introduced a new scholarly edition of the earliest Australian convict narrative, Memorandoms by James Martin, the only extant first-hand account of the escape from Australia by transported convicts James Martin, William and Mary Bryant and their two infant children, and six other male convicts on the night Read more …

‘A Historian For All Seasons: Essays for Geoffrey Bolton’

Congratulations to Stuart Macintyre, Jenny Gregory and Lenore Layman for the recent publication of their edited collection A Historian For All Seasons: Essays for Geoffrey Bolton (Monash University Press). The contributors take the work of Geoffrey Bolton, one of the most versatile and widely travelled of his generation of Australian historians, as a departure point Read more …

‘Tautai: Sāmoa, World History and the Life of Ta’isi O. F. Nelson’

Congratulations to Patricia O’Brien for the publication of her new book, a biography of Ta’isi O. F. Nelson, a leading Sāmoan businessman who was blamed for instigating Sāmoa’s long-running non-violent campaign for justice (the Mau) that challenged New Zealand, Britain and the newly minted powers of the League of Nations between the wars. Using many new Read more …