‘Beautiful Balts: From Displaced Persons to New Australians’

Congratulations to Jayne Persian whose book will be published by NewSouth Books in June and can be preordered now. Drawing on archives, oral history interviews and literature generated by the Displaced Persons themselves, the book traces the journeys of the 170,000 Displaced Persons who arrived in Australia between 1947 and 1952 from the camps of Read more …

‘Stories from the Sandstone: Quarantine Inscriptions from Australia’s Immigrant Past’

Congratulations to Peter Hobbins, Ursula K. Frederick and Anne Clarke on the publication of their book which combines intensive archaeological investigation and historical research to illuminate Australia’s past through often evocative quarantine inscriptions. The book draws upon historical records, diaries and other writings, to highlight the dramatic effects of diseases and discover where the authors of Read more …

The Search for a New National Identity: The Rise of Multiculturalism in Canada and Australia, 1890s–1970s

Jatinder Mann’s The Search for a New National Identity: The Rise of Multiculturalism in Canada and Australia, 1890s–1970s (Peter Lang Publishing) asks a key historical question: why and how did multiculturalism replace Britishness as the defining idea of community for English-speaking Canada and Australia, and what does this say about their respective experiences of nationalism Read more …

AHA member to be 2016 Allan Martin Public Lecturer

Joy Damousi will be the 2016 Allan Martin Public Lecturer at the Australian National University in May. Allan Martin (1926–2002) was an intellectual, institutional, and social pioneer. When most Australians went to England for their postgraduate work, he chose ANU, where he was the first doctoral student in History in the Research School of Social Read more …

Memory and Migration in the Shadow of War: Australia’s Greek Immigrants after World War II and the Greek Civil War

Joy Damousi’s Memory and Migration in the Shadow of War: Australia’s Greek Immigrants after World War II and the Greek Civil War (Cambridge University Press) was published this month. Focusing on Australia’s Greek immigrants in the aftermath of the Second World War and the Greek Civil War, the book explores the concept of remembrance within Read more …

An event to look forward to at our conference next year!

The welcome reception for AHA 2016: ‘From Boom to Bust’ will be held at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on the evening of Monday 4 July, following the President’s address at nearby Trades Hall. The reception will feature an exhibition of emigration-related prints and a performance of a piano piece by Richard Chew, inspired by Read more …