Category Archives: Issue blogs

Because of Her, We Can: Remembering family histories, secrets, and stories

Professor Lynette Russell reflects on how this year’s NAIDOC theme connects with personal family histories. This year’s NAIDOC celebrates Indigenous women. The mothers, grandmothers, aunties, daughters, nieces: the keepers of family, and tradition. The NAIDOC week is an exhilarating and … Continue reading

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“If I had wings”: Helplessness and anxiety among Australian soldiers’ mothers

To celebrate Anzac Day, Ellen Cresswell reflects on the uncertainty and anxieties soldiers’ mothers experienced for their sons during World War I. There is no word in English, French, or German for a mother who has lost her child. “Widow” … Continue reading

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Women’s ordination and the Anglican Church of Australia

As the Anglican Diocese of Perth welcomes its first female archbishop, Peter Sherlock reflects on the history of women’s ordination in the Anglican Church of Australia. On Saturday February 10, 2018, the Anglican Diocese of Perth will welcome Bishop Kay Goldsworthy … Continue reading

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Masculinity in World War I popular culture: The case of E.T. Shorley

After the discovery of sheet music with a common lyricist published in Central Queensland around 1917, Janet Stevenson was compelled to investigate further. When a family friend passed an old and beloved folio of early-twentieth-century sheet music on to me, … Continue reading

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Bringing a baby to a conference: The Australian Historical Association edition

Laura Rademaker reflects on the challenges of bringing a young baby to an academic conference which offers no childcare. This year, I took a four-month-old baby to the annual Australian Historical Association Conference (AHA). The conference was excellent. Bringing a … Continue reading

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Indigenous activism and the 1967 referendum: Remembering Joyce Clague

For the 50th anniversary of Australia’s 1967 Referendum, Lucy Davies and Kate Laing reflect on the activism of Indigenous elder, Joyce Clague. In 1967, a national referendum was held and 90.77% of Australian citizens voted YES, the greatest ever national referendum majority … Continue reading

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Of love and war: Marriage across the ‘colour line’ in the South Pacific

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Angela Wanhalla explores the emotional and legal complexities of marriages between South Pacific women and their American lovers during World War II. Mihipeka Edwards bore witness to the excitement and emotional turmoil generated by thousands of American … Continue reading

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