‘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 …

‘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 …

‘Australian Lives: An Intimate History’

Congratulations to Anisa Puri and Alistair Thomson on publication in May 2017 of their book. Australian Lives: An Intimate History, which illuminates Australian life across the 20th and into the 21st century. From oral history interviews with Australians born between 1920 and 1989, fifty narrators reflect on their diverse experiences as children and teenagers, in midlife Read more …

‘Hidden in Plain View’

Congratulations to Paul Irish. His new book, to be published in May 2017. The book shows that although they were often ignored in colonial narratives, local Aboriginal people did not lose their culture and die out within decades of Governor Phillip’s arrival in Sydney in 1788. Rather, they maintained a strong bond with the coast and its Read more …

‘Encounters with Asian Decolonisation’

Congratulations to David Fettling, for his recently published book Encounters with Asian Decolonisation (Australian Scholarly Publishing), which tells the story of how, five Australians, all government officials, experienced first-hand the ‘revolt of Asia’ after the Second World War. In doing so, it reveals much about the evolution of Australia’s Asian engagement during the twentieth century Read more …

Play On! The Hidden History of Women’s Australian Rules Football

Congratulations to Brunette Lenkić and Rob Hess, whose timely new book, Play On! The Hidden History of Women’s Australian Rules Football (Echo Publishing), is the first comprehensive history of women’s Australian Rules football and showcases the hard work and resilience of players, coaches and administrators that has kept the women’s game alive since its inception in Read more …

‘Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire’

Congratulations to Jane Lydon, whose new book Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire (Bloomsbury) explores how photographs, with their power to create a sense of proximity and empathy, have long been a crucial means of exchanging ideas between people across the globe. Focusing on Australian experience in a global context, the book offers a rich selection of case studies to Read more …