‘law&history’ latest issue

law&history, vol. 5:1 (2018) acknowledges the 180th anniversary of the Myall Creek massacre with Ann Curthoys leading a forum discussion on its significance and meaning, and Tim Rowse considering the moral position of the colonial Native Police. Articles by legal historians illuminate other issues of importance in colonial and imperial history: the ownership of mapping Read more …

‘Migrant Nation: Australian Culture, Society and Identity’

Congratulations to Paul Longley Arthur, editor of the recently published Migrant Nation: Australian Culture, Society and Identity, a collection that focuses on particular historical blind spots by telling stories of individuals and groups that did not fit the favoured identity mould. The essays in this book work within the gap between Australian image and experience Read more …

‘The Scots in Australia, 1788–1938’

Congratulations to Benjamin Wilkie on the publication of The Scots in Australia, 1788–1938, which illuminates the many experiences of Scots in Australia from the first colonists in the late-eighteenth century until the hopeful arrivals of the interwar years. It looks at reasons for migration, their new lives and roles, and their encounters with – and Read more …

Honest History update

AHA affiliate Honest History has just posted new material on a 1967 Vietnam War protest on a surfboard, the marriage equality debate and Australian progressivism, the stodgy and unimaginative program of Armistice Centenary grants, Carmen Lawrence’s 2006 book Fear and Politics and its continuing relevance, and the FBI’s harassment of Australian historian Les Jauncey. There are reviews Read more …

‘”Me Write Myself”: The Free Aboriginal Inhabitants of Van Diemen’s Land at Wybalenna, 1832–47’

Congratulations to Leonie Stevens on the publication this book, which allows the men, women and children exiled to Wybalenna settlement on Flinders Island in the 1830s and 1840s speak for themselves, through words found in items in the Flinders Island Chronicle, sermons, letters and petitions. In doing so, it reveals a politically astute community engaged in a Read more …

15th Biennial Labour History Conference: ‘Workers of the World’

Today, the Australian working class are workers of the world: in the sense that we are a predominantly immigrant working class (or the descendants of relatively recent immigrants); and in the sense that workers from so many of the world’s nations, languages and cultures have made their homes here. The year 2017 also marks the centenary Read more …

‘Colonialism and Its Aftermath: A History of Aboriginal South Australia’

Congratulations to Peggy Brock and Tom Gara on this edited collection, which traces the on-going impact of colonialism on Aboriginal individuals, communities and cultures, the disruptions and displacements it has caused, and Aboriginal responses to these challenges. It includes a series of regional histories interspersed with Aboriginal life stories. Contributors include AHA members Peggy Brock, Read more …

‘Memory, Place and Aboriginal-Settler History: Understanding Australians’ Consciousness of the Colonial Past’

Congratulations to Skye Krichauff on the publication her new book, which takes the absence of Aboriginal people in South Australian settler descendants’ historical consciousness as a starting point, then combines the methodologies and theories of historical enquiry, anthropology and memory studies to investigate the many intertwined ways the colonial past is known. The book is Read more …

‘Australians and the First World War: Local-Global Connections and Contexts’

Congratulations to James Bennett and Kate Ariotti for the publication of this edited collection, which was launched at the Newcastle conference by Professor Stuart Macintyre. This book contributes to the global turn in First World War studies by exploring Australians’ engagements with the conflict across varied boundaries and by situating Australian voices and perspectives within Read more …