A Mission Divided: Race, Culture and Colonialism in Fiji’s Methodist Mission

Kirstie Close-Barry’s A Mission Divided: Race, Culture and Colonialism in Fiji’s Methodist Mission (ANU Press) provides insight into the long process of decolonisation within the Methodist Overseas Missions of Australasia, a colonial institution that operated in the British colony of Fiji. The mission was a site of work for Europeans, Fijians and Indo-Fijians, but each Read more …

AHA member to deliver RSHV Annual AGL Shaw Lecture

Marguerita Stephens will deliver the 2016 Royal Historical Society of Victoria AGL Shaw Lecture in Melbourne on 21 June 2016. Her lecture, ‘Unless a portion be given to the idle’: The Kulin and the New Poor Law at Port Phillip’ will  explore the principles and practice of rationing policies in relation to the Kulin people Read more …

Fragile Settlements: Aboriginal Peoples, Law and Resistance in South-West Australia and Prairie Canada

Amanda Nettelbeck, Russell Smandych, Louis Knafla and Robert Foster’s, Fragile Settlements: Aboriginal Peoples, Law and Resistance in South-West Australia and Prairie Canada (UBC Press): compares the processes by which colonial authority was asserted over Indigenous people from the 1830s to the early twentieth century. It highlights the parallels and divergences between these connected British frontiers Read more …

Learning Femininity in Colonial India, 1820–1923

Tim Allender’s Learning Femininity in Colonial India, 1820–1923 (Manchester University Press) uses a broad framework to examine the many life experiences of women living in colonial India and how their position changed, both personally and professionally, over this long period of study. Drawing on a rich documentary record from archives in the United Kingdom, India, Read more …

Masters and Servants: Cultures of Empire in the Tropics

Claire Lowrie’s Masters and Servants: Cultures of Empire in the Tropics (Studies in Imperialism Series, Manchester University Press) explores the politics of colonial mastery and domestic servitude in the neighbouring British colonies of Singapore and Darwin and illustrates the centrality of the domestic realm to the colonial project. It is the first comparative history of Read more …

Goldfields and the Gothic: A Hidden Heritage and Folklore

David Waldron has just released his latest anthology Goldfields and the Gothic: A Hidden Heritage and Folklore (Australian Scholarly Publishing) in which local historians of the long buried legends, histories and folklore of the Victorian goldfields and their legacy today. Every historian has a collection of strange, buried pieces of history; this work begins the Read more …

A Man of Many Parts, the life and times of Edward Charles Close 1790–1866

Ann Beaumont’s A Man of Many Parts, the life and times of Edward Charles Close 1790–1866 (Highland House Publications) uses extensive primary sources in England and Australia, private family papers, and diaries and correspondence of contemporaries to delve into the private and public worlds of Edward Charles Close, Father of the Hunter and one of Read more …

The Convict’s Daughter: The Scandal that Shocked a Colony

Kiera Lindsey’s The Convict’s Daughter: The Scandal that Shocked a Colony (Allen & Unwin) concerns a colonial scandal that was unleashed when the daughter of two successful emancipists attempted to elope with the wayward son of Dr John Kinchela, the previous Attorney General of New South Wales. It is a wildly improbable but true melodrama Read more …

Richard Brooks: From Convict Ship Captain to Pillar of Early Colonial Australia

Christine Maher’s biography of an early colonial magnate, Richard Brooks: From Convict Ship Captain to Pillar of Early Colonial Australia (Rosenberg Publishing), provides a glimpse into the social, political and domestic life of that famed group of landowning settlers of the first 20 years of the colony. The book will be launched by Peter Stanley Read more …