Voyages and Visions: A Symposium in Honour of John Gascoigne and Ian Tyrrell

This celebration of the inspirational careers of two of Australia’s most eminent historians will be held 30 June to 2 July. There are a number of ways you can be involved: Cocktail Party and Keynote Address by Tom Griffiths, ‘Global Dreaming: Australia and the World’, $30 or Conference (2-day) and Cocktail Party/Tom Griffiths address: $150. 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 …

AHA member shortlisted for 2016 Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award

Deborah Wilson’s Different White People: Radical Activism For Aboriginal Rights 1946–1972 (UWA Publishing, 2015) has been shortlisted for the 2016 Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 28 June at Northern Territory Library in Parliament House.

AHA member presented with John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction

Ann McGrath has been presented with the Royal Historical Society of Queensland’s John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction in Research and Writing Australian History, in recognition of her work overall and her most recent book, Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia (University of Nebraska Press, 2015). 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 …

Defending Country: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Military Service since 1945

Noah Riseman and Richard Trembath’s Defending Country: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Military Service since 1945 (University of Queensland Press) is the first book to document the unique experiences of Indigenous men and women since the Second World War. It examines what motivated Indigenous people to sign up, their experiences of racism in the armed Read more …

Settler Colonialism and (Re)conciliation: Frontier Violence, Affective Performances, and Imaginative Refoundings

Just out is Penny Edmonds, Settler Colonialism and (Re)conciliation: Frontier Violence, Affective Performances, and Imaginative Refoundings (Palgrave Macmillan) which uses case studies from the USA, Australia, and Aotearoa New Zealand to trace the prehistory of reconciliation’s present in settler states, a contested political process, which is especially salient where formal decolonisation cannot occur.

Abrogating Responsibility: Vesteys, Anthropology and the Future of Aboriginal People

In Abrogating Responsibility: Vesteys, Anthropology and the Future of Aboriginal People (Australian Scholarly Publishing) Geoffrey Gray uses hitherto unknown documents in a detailed examination of the research by anthropologists Ronald and Catherine Berndt and the context in which it was conducted. Gray is less interested in judging the actions of the main characters than of Read more …

Contesting Australian History: Festschrift in honour of Professor Marilyn Lake

Thursday 8 December to Friday 9 December 2016, Gryphon Gallery, 1888 Building , University of Melbourne This festschrift event is in celebration of Marilyn Lake’s scholarship and teaching and her contributions to different university communities and the Australian Historical Association, and her much valued friendship and collegiality over many years. The themes of the two Read more …