Category Archives: Research blogs

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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Disorderly women, broken windows and social outcasts

Alana Piper and Victoria Nagy explore the criminal careers and offending patterns of female prisoners in Victoria across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Most criminal offending by women in common-law jurisdictions during the nineteenth and early twentieth century fell into … Continue reading

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Jewish Feminism: Perspectives from the Australian Jewish community

Our series of blogs based on articles published in Lilith: A Feminist History Journal continues with Suzanne Rutland’s analysis of Jewish women in Australia. The role of the Jewish woman is encapsulated in a famous Hebrew proverb, beginning: ‘A woman of value … Continue reading

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‘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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