Category Archives: Research blogs

‘Khaki-mad’: The gendered approach to venereal disease in World War Two

Danielle Broadhurst investigates how Victorian legislation targeted female sexuality as a key proponent of venereal disease in the Second World War. On the Australia home front during the Second World War, social interactions between servicemen from the United States and Australia … Continue reading

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Murder, emotion and women’s bodies in nineteenth-century Ireland

Katie Barclay explores the role of emotion and its bodily presentation on perceptions of women on trial for murder in nineteenth-century Ireland. Female murderers and their emotional lives fascinated the Victorians, just as they do today as series like Alias … Continue reading

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Interracial marriage, children and a family forged in World War II Australia: Mum Dot’s heartbreak marriage to an African American sailor

Victoria Grieves explores race and gender in Australia during the War in the Pacific (1941 – 1945) through the intimate lives of women as revealed from their letters and family histories. The project Children Born of War: Australia and the … Continue reading

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The ‘new female costume’: The dress reform controversy in colonial Australia

Ana Stevenson reflects on Australian press responses to fashion and dress reform, specifically the circulation of the ‘bloomer’ outfit, during the 1850s. In the twenty-first century, there are few opportunities to understand what it might have been like to wear … 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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Narrating New Zealand’s colonial past through convict micro-histories

Kristyn Harman shares stories from her latest book about the forgotten convicts transported from New Zealand to Van Diemen’s Land. Tasmania’s world-heritage listed convict records provide extensive access to accounts of the lives of largely working-class nineteenth-century individuals. As well … Continue reading

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