Category Archives: Research blogs

‘With daggers in her bonnet’: The Australian hatpin panic of 1912

Anna Temby explores the fears aroused by that lethal item of female headwear – the hatpin – in federation Australia. In the early twentieth century, hatpins replaced the corset as the deadliest item of women’s fashion. Bonnet-style hats, fastened under … Continue reading

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Catharine Macaulay and the “Equal Eye” of Compassion

Shane Greentree examines the significance of sympathy and emotions in the early modern historical writing of Catharine Macaulay. After decades of neglect, the varied writings of Catharine Macaulay are the subject of increasing attention. Macaulay has been addressed as an important … Continue reading

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‘Of idle and vagrant habits’: Women and divorce in colonial Australia

PhD candidate Marian Lorrison explores the sensational divorce – yet typical experiences – of colonial woman Annette Miller. Most historians realise how difficult it is to trace the intimate lives of ordinary women, especially those of the working class, who … 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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Beneath the Textual Record: Women’s voices and the violence of occupation

Hannah Loney examines how women’s oral histories reshape our understanding of the Indonesian invasion and occupation of East Timor. In July 2013, I interviewed Maria in a small restaurant in the heart of Dili, Timor-Leste. Maria was born in a small fishing … Continue reading

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Julia Gillard, Gender and the Media: Treading the tight-rope

Blair Williams asks why Julia Gillard and other women prime ministers in Westminster democracies experience gendered and misogynistic media representations. When Julia Gillard stood in front of Australia’s House of Representatives in 2012 and spoke directly to Opposition Leader Tony Abbott … Continue reading

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