Author Archives: Managing Editor

Archive stories: Institutionalised women as lost lives?

As part of our mental health series, Catharine Coleborne considers the histories of institutionalised women and the relationship between researcher, historical subject and archive. In recent years historians have re-imagined the archive as what I call an ‘unstable’ site for … Continue reading

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‘Relaxed and pleasant’: women undergoing leucotomy in Western Australia, 1947-1970

Continuing our mental health series, Philippa Martyr shares her research on the female experience of leucotomy in twentieth-century Western Australia. Psychosurgery – especially leucotomy (called lobotomy in the US) – is probably one of the most misunderstood elements in twentieth … Continue reading

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Hearing women as mad in the asylum: past perceptions haunting the present

Dolly MacKinnon explores auditory constructions of female madness in the start of our series on the history of women and mental health. From the claim a woman sounds ‘hysterical’ to having their opinions met with the colloquialism ‘mad cow’, women … Continue reading

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Being a white nurse in colonial Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia) before World War II

Clement Masakure reflects on the history of the segregated nursing profession in Southern Rhodesia (colonial Zimbabwe) during the 1930s and 1940s. The colonial hospitals of Central and Southern Africa are an important space to analyse, among other things, the experiences … Continue reading

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Carers, Citizens, Commodities: Australian Mothering Past and Present

Caitlin Adams reviews a recent symposium offering historical and contemporary perspectives towards mothering and motherhood in Australia. On the first day of the Australian Mothering in Contemporary and Historical Perspective Symposium, held at The University of Melbourne between February 15 … Continue reading

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Shame: A Transnational History of Women Policing Women

Sharon Crozier-de Rosa reflects on her latest book, Shame and the Anti-Feminist Backlash: Britain, Ireland and Australia, 1890-1920 (2018, Routledge). From the 1880s to the 1910s, novelist Marie Corelli reigned as ‘Queen of the Bestsellers’, far outselling any fellow authors … Continue reading

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Defending the Character and Conduct of Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1803

For International Women’s Day 2018, Shane Greentree explores how the the late-eighteenth-century press commemorated the legacy of Mary Wollstonecraft. The 1797 death of Mary Wollstonecraft and the furious response to her widower William Godwin’s Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication … Continue reading

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