Serving in silence? Australian LGBTI military service since World War II

Mitchell Naughton reviews a museum exhibition on Australia’s history of LGBTI military service, running at the Melbourne City Library until 3 February 2018. “I don’t know where all these gays and poofters have come from, I don’t remember a single … Continue reading

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‘Khaki-mad’: The gendered approach to venereal disease in World War Two

Danielle Broadhurst investigates how Victorian legislation targeted female sexuality as a key proponent of venereal disease in the Second World War. On the Australia home front during the Second World War, social interactions between servicemen from the United States and Australia … Continue reading

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Murder, emotion and women’s bodies in nineteenth-century Ireland

Katie Barclay explores the role of emotion and its bodily presentation on perceptions of women on trial for murder in nineteenth-century Ireland. Female murderers and their emotional lives fascinated the Victorians, just as they do today as series like Alias … Continue reading

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Interracial marriage, children and a family forged in World War II Australia: Mum Dot’s heartbreak marriage to an African American sailor

Victoria Grieves explores race and gender in Australia during the War in the Pacific (1941 – 1945) through the intimate lives of women as revealed from their letters and family histories. The project Children Born of War: Australia and the … Continue reading

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The ‘new female costume’: The dress reform controversy in colonial Australia

Ana Stevenson reflects on Australian press responses to fashion and dress reform, specifically the circulation of the ‘bloomer’ outfit, during the 1850s. In the twenty-first century, there are few opportunities to understand what it might have been like to wear … Continue reading

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