The Worst Woman in Sydney: The Life and Crimes of Kate Leigh

Leigh Straw’s The Worst Woman in Sydney: The Life and Crimes of Kate Leigh (NewSouth Books) is the first biography of legendary Kate Leigh, famed brothel madam, sly grog seller and drug dealer. Leigh tells the full story of how this wayward Reformatory girl from Dubbo made a fortune in eastern Sydney and defied the Read more …

Heather Goodall to deliver the HCNSW Annual History Lecture 2016

AHA member Heather Goodall will deliver the History Council NSW Annual History Lecture this year, on 7 September in Sydney. ‘Neighbours – and heroes’ will look at how Australians have thought of themselves as ‘neighbours’ in the Asia-Pacific region, especially those that took risks to build relationships across old borders and new borders, cultural borders Read more …

Camden History Notes

Ian Willis documents Camden stories drawn from the memories and experiences of local families, local identities, community organisations, local institutions, local rituals and traditions, and a host of other matters. These stories link to other parts of the world and are part of the movement of peoples, ideas, technologies and institutions across national boundaries, from Read more …

Linton Makes History: An Australian Goldfields Town and its Past

Jill Wheeler’s Linton Makes History: An Australian Goldfields Town and its Past (Melbourne University Publishing) places the history of this small gold rush town in western Victoria in the context of the wider Australian story, showing the impact of the broad themes in Australian history on ordinary people, and how histories of small places can Read more …