Category Archives: Research blogs

“Modern Women Prefer Modess”: Gender and menstruation in World War II Australia

Rachel Harris explores the history of menstrual hygiene products, including their availability, variety, and use, in Australia during World War II. Historians have examined many of the privations experienced by Australian women during World War II. Something that has received less … Continue reading

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New Zealand’s Official History of World War II: Where were the Cretan Women?

Martyn Brown revisits New Zealand’s official history of World War II to understand how and why Cretan women have been elided from the historical memory. Beginning in the 1940s, New Zealand undertook a massive post-war project of writing an official … Continue reading

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Where the domestic meets the global: Writing the history of assisted reproduction

Vera Mackie, Nicola J. Marks and Sarah Ferber reveal some of the stories that make up the global history of IVF and assisted reproduction. Candice Reed was born on 23 June 1980 in Melbourne. She was conceived through in vitro … Continue reading

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The 9000 ‘Sister politicians’ who petitioned Queen Victoria in 1850

Kiera Lindsey reveals how a petition to Queen Victoria shows that early colonial women were more politically active than is commonly acknowledged. One spring morning in 1850 over eight thousand men and women marched through town — many behind brass … Continue reading

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Who was Jane Walker? Remembering Women’s Activism

Sharon Crozier-De Rosa and Vera Mackie explore the complex interconnections between the history of women’s activism and its memorialisation in the twenty-first century. In April 2019, Time Magazine released its annual list of the ‘100 most influential people’. Alongside such leaders … Continue reading

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