Category Archives: Research blogs

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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Sex smells: Olfaction, modernity and the regulation of women’s bodies

Alecia Simmonds explores how the way women’s bodies smell has been regulated across time. Is there anything more regulated than a woman’s body? Plucked, shaved, waxed, bleached, vajazzled, starved, toned, tanned, botoxed, implanted, pulled up, pushed out and underwired within … Continue reading

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Reflections on writing about education in the nineteenth-century British Empire

‘Who was colonial education for?’ Rebecca Swartz asks, in her new book about education across the British Empire, from South Africa to Western Australia. I have recently come to the end of what feels like a long journey, beginning with the … Continue reading

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Digital community mothering: how migrant mothers in Australia build community on Facebook

Leah Williams Veazey explores the intersections of migration, motherhood, and digital cultures in contemporary Australia. Migration and motherhood are both significant life changes. They disrupt social infrastructures, requiring the rapid acquisition of new knowledge and new networks, and the renegotiation … Continue reading

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