Category Archives: Research blogs

A matter of convenience…or lack thereof: Ladies lavatories in twentieth-century Brisbane

Anna Temby reflects upon the gendered history of public toilets in Brisbane, Australia. It’s not often that toilets are brought to the forefront of public discourse, but in recent years the campaign by transgender activists for more inclusive public sanitary … Continue reading

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Citizenship vs. Alienage and the Intersectionality of Law, Race and Gender

Ph.D. candidate Faye Yik-Wei Chan shares research from her thesis on the legal status of Chinese Indonesian Women, 1930-2014. During the 1980s and 1990s, Susi Susanti was a young badminton prodigy who successfully represented Indonesia at international tournaments. She won a … Continue reading

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Australian Women at the League of Nations: A spotlight on settler colonialism in the 1930s

Fiona Paisley begins VIDA blog’s Humanitarianism and Internationalism Series with an analysis of settler colonialism, slavery, and the role of Australian women at the League of Nations. In 1935, an Australian delegation at the Assembly of the League of Nations … Continue reading

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Wielding Her Pen Like a Sword: Mary Bennett the Writer

Our series of blogs based on articles published in Lilith: A Feminist History Journal continues with Alison Holland’s reflections on controversial Aboriginal rights campaigner, Mary Bennett, as a writer. In the final stages of her life Mary Bennett’s words cascaded down … Continue reading

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Book thieves in 19th-century Melbourne

VIDA blog Managing Editor Alana Piper explores popular conceptions of book thieves and compares these to actual instances of book theft in late-nineteenth-century Melbourne. In October 1894 retired Presbyterian minister and classical scholar George Graham committed suicide while under suspicion of theft. … Continue reading

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Neighbours – and Heroes: The History Week Lecture, 2016

Heather Goodall shares her reflections on her address for the annual History Council of New South Wales History Week, presented at The Mint, Sydney, on September 7, 2016. Why question the idea of ‘neighbours’? It has a cosy, face-to-face warmth about it. … Continue reading

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