Alison Alexander

Screen Shot 2017-02-27 at 8.17.23 PMAlison Alexander has written 28 books, mainly commissioned histories of Tasmanian institutions, areas and community groups. These earned her a living, but she mainly likes writing biographies: The Ambitions of Jane Franklin (2013), which won the 2014 National Biography Award, and biographies of Marie Bjelke Petersen (lesbian romance novelist), Mary Grant Bruce (children’s author), and Edward and Maria Lord (dominant settlers in early Hobart).


Jane Franklin: A life on her own terms

Michelle Arrow

Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 6.10.48 PMAssociate Professor Michelle Arrow is an Associate Professor in Modern History at Macquarie University. In 2014, together with Catherine Freyne and Timothy Nicastri, Michelle won the NSW Premier’s Multimedia History Prize for the radio feature “Public Intimacies: the Royal Commission on Human Relationships, 1974-1977.” Michelle researched in Elizabeth Reid’s papers as part of her 2016 Fellowship at the National Library of Australia.

Follow Michelle on Twitter @MichelleArrow1.


Working inside the system: Elizabeth Reid, the Whitlam government and the Women’s Movement

Chelsea Barnett

Screen Shot 2017-03-18 at 6.37.15 PMDr Chelsea Barnett is based at Macquarie University, where she received her PhD in 2016. Her research interests include Australian twentieth-century history, masculinities, gender history, and the history of popular culture. She is co-convenor of the 2017 AWHN Symposium “Symbiotic Histories,” held in conjunction with the Australian Historical Association’s national conference.

Follow Chelsea on Twitter @chelseambarnett


How the personal became political

Catherine Bishop

Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 6.50.23 PMDr Catherine Bishop is the Historical Studies Research Concentration Coordinator at the Australian Catholic University. In 2015 her book Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney was published by NewSouth. In 2016 she was awarded the Mary Bennett Prize by the Australian Women’s History Network for her article on coverture and nineteenth-century businesswomen, published in the Law and History Review. Catherine is currently writing a book about colonial businesswomen in New Zealand as well as a biography of controversial Australian female missionary, Annie Lock. Other ongoing research projects include an investigation of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women and the development of twentieth-century professional women’s networks; and the history and influence of the World Youth Forums held in the post-war period.


Manipulating marriage and money-making

Susan Broomhall

screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-10-35-17-pmProfessor Susan Broomhall is a historian of early modern Europe at the University of Western Australia and ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Her research explores gender, emotions, material culture, cultural contact and heritage in the early modern world. In 2014, she was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship to examine emotions and power in the correspondence of Catherine de Medici. Her recent publications include Gender, power and identity in the early modern House of Orange-Nassau with Jacqueline Van Gent, and Police courts in nineteenth-century Scotland with David G. Barrie.


Narrating women’s experiences of psychic violence

Chilla Bulbeck

Professor Chilla Bulbeck, at her retirement, was Chair in Women’s Studies at the University of Adelaide, where she taught and published at the intersections of gender and class, ethnicity/nation and then generation. Since retiring, Chilla has become a full-time activist (oh bliss!), primarily for The Greens (WA) where she has been or is Secretary, Green Issue newsletter co-editor, Convenor of the Election Research Working Group and Assistant Field Director of the 2017 State Election campaign. In March 2015, she established the community group Curtin’sCASE to encourage Julie Bishop, Australia’s lead negotiator at the United Nations climate talks in Paris in November-December 2015, to sign Australia up for appropriate emission reduction targets. A team of 15 co-leaders and active supporters prompted over 7,000 conversations in Julie Bishop’s electorate and beyond.

Follow Chilla on Twitter @ChillaBulbeck.


Should women vote for women?

Faye Yik-Wei Chan

Faye Yik-Wei Chan is a Ph.D. Candidate and RA with the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (Arts) and the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (Melbourne Law School), University of Melbourne. She is also a tutor on the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) at the Murrup Barak Institute (University of Melbourne).


Citzenship vs. alienship and the intersectionality of law, race and gender

Sharon Crozier-de Rosa

Screen Shot 2017-03-26 at 8.29.47 PMDr Sharon Crozier-De Rosa is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Wollongong. Her research interests include: emotions, gender and violence; and, gender, nationalism and imperialism. She is currently completing a book, Shame and the Anti-Feminist Backlash: Britain, Ireland and Australia 1890-1920, and co-writing a book on Remembering Women’s Activism which contains a chapter on remembering Constance Markievicz, both for Routledge.


Uncomfortable feminist icon: Constance Markievicz

Susan Currie

screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-9-13-14-amSusan Currie has worked variously as a lawyer, academic, teacher and librarian. As well as numerous journal articles, book reviews, short stories and poems, she has written a textbook on legal studies for Queensland schools, and seven significant profiles for A Woman’s Place: 100 Years of Queensland Women Lawyers (2005). She has degrees in Arts and Law from UQ, a Masters of Laws and a Masters of Arts (Research) in Creative Writing from QUT and completed her recent biography of Janet Irwin as the major component of a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Central Queensland University.


Sexual harassment in universities becomes visible…again

Samadhi Driscoll

Samadhi Driscoll develops strategies, social policies and workplace training to improve outcomes for diverse groups that have experienced inequality, for example women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in leadership roles. She contracts to Government agencies, Universities and private companies. Her interest in history started with researching her family tree, but has grown as she found her professional interests and family history intertwined.


Fortune-telling, family history and feminism

Lisa Durnian

screen-shot-2016-11-12-at-10-11-27-amLisa Durnian is a Griffith University Ph.D. candidate with the ARC-funded Prosecution Project. Her research investigates the historical development of the guilty plea in Australian criminal prosecutions, with a focus on the Queensland and Victorian Supreme Courts.

Follow Lisa on Twitter @LisaDurnian.


‘Mum will be safe now’: Prosecuting children who kill violent men

Tanya Evans

screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-8-18-50-pmDr Tanya Evans is Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University and a public historian who specialises in the history of the family, motherhood, poverty and sexuality. She is passionate about the democratisation of historical knowledge and incorporating ordinary people and places in her research. She has written extensively on illegitimacy, poverty and philanthropy. Her most recent book Fractured Families: Life on the Margins in Colonial NSW examines the history of Australia’s oldest surviving charity The Benevolent Society, and was written in collaboration with family historians. Tanya’s current project examines family history and historical consciousness in Australia, England and Canada since 1901.

Follow Tanya on Twitter @TanyaEvans14.


How domestic violence fractures families

Lisa Featherstone

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 6.28.22 PMDr Lisa Featherstone is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland. Her latest book Sex Crimes in the Fifties with Andy Kaladelfos was recently published by Melbourne University Press. Lisa has published widely on sexuality, masculinity, childbirth, medicine and child health. She is currently chief investigator on an ARC discovery project, “Sexual Offences, Legal Responses and Public Perceptions: 1880s-1980s,” with Andy Kaladelfos, Carolyn Strange and Nina Westera.


What did abortion look like in 1899?

Rape in marriage: Why was it so hard to criminalise sexual violence?

Jenny Fraser

Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 12.09.57 AMDr Jenny Fraser is a Murri artist with an interest in other ways. She has refined the art of artist/curating as an act of sovereignty and emancipation. Jenny has completed a Masters in Indigenous Wellbeing at Southern Cross University in Lismore, New South Wales and her Ph.D. in the Art of Decolonisation at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in the Northern Territory.



Affirming the matriarchy

Jane Freeland

jane-143x143Dr Jane Freeland is a Newton International Fellow at the University of Bristol. Her research focuses on domestic violence activism in Cold War Germany, examining both historical and contemporary issues of gender violence, citizenship, and legal reform. She has published in Perspectives on Europe and has a forthcoming article in the Journal of Women’s History.

Follow Jane on Twitter @jec_free.


Writing their stories: Women’s survivorship and the history of domestic abuse in divided Germany

Heather Goodall

lucy-woodcock-hall-pic-cropProfessor Heather Goodall is Professor Emerita of History in the School of Communications, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, University of Technology Sydney. She has published on Indigenous histories and environmental history in Australia and on colonialism and decolonisation in the twentieth century in the eastern Indian Ocean. Her recent work includes “Beyond the ‘Poison of Prejudice’: Indian and Australian women talk about the White Australia Policy,” co-authored with Devleena Ghosh, published in History Australiaand the collaborative biography of Kevin Cook, Making Change Happen: Black and White Activists talk to Kevin Cook about Aboriginal, Union and Liberation Politics (2013).

Heather can be contacted by email on


Neighbours – and heroes: The history week lecture, 2016

Patricia Grimshaw

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-11-12-55-amProfessor Patricia Grimshaw is a Professor Emerita at the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. One of Australia’s seminal scholars in gender and colonial history, she has published numerous articles, monographs and edited collections, including Missionaries, Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Exchange (2010) with Andrew May, Britishness Abroad: Transnational Movements and Imperial Cultures (2007) with Kate Darian-Smith and Stuart Macintyre and Women’s Rights and Human Rights: International Historical Perspectives (2001) with Katie Holmes and Marilyn Lake. She is a Fellow of both the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.


Day in the working life of a (retired) historian: Patricia Grimshaw

Dianne Hall

img_0708Dr Dianne Hall is a Senior Lecturer in History, Victoria University, Melbourne. This blog post is based on research undertaken for Dianne Hall and Elizabeth Malcolm, “Sexual and Domestic Violence in Europe,” in The Cambridge World History of Violence Volume 3 – AD 1500-AD 1800, edited by Robert Antony, Stuart Carroll, Caroline Dodds Pennock (forthcoming, 2018). Dianne and Elizabeth are currently writing more on this topic in a book on gender and violence in Ireland between 1200 and 1900.

Follow Dianne on Twitter @HistoryDH.


Domestic violence has a history: Early modern family violence

Rachel Harris

image1-copyRachel Harris is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Adelaide. Her thesis considers the lives of civilian women in South Australia during World War II. Rachel was the recipient of the 2015 Wakefield Companion to S.A. History Essay Prize for her work on the experiences of female munition workers and members of the Australian Women’s Land Army in South Australia between 1940-1945.

Follow Rachel on Twitter @racheldharris_.


From gardeners to governor’s wives – How have women have shaped Australia’s cities?

Alison Holland

Alison-Holland-683x1024Dr Alison Holland is a senior lecturer in the Department of Modern History at Macquarie University. Her book, Just Relations: The Story of Mary Bennett’s Crusade for Aboriginal Rights (UWA Publishing), was published in 2015 and shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s History prize for Australian History in 2016. Alison is currently writing a book on the politics of Aboriginal Affairs in the first half of the twentieth century, utilising research from a National Archives Fellowship.


Wielding her pen like a sword: Mary Bennett the writer

Lucinda Horrocks

lucinda-portrait-square-1000pxLucinda Horrocks is an award winning film producer and co-founder of Wind & Sky Productions, a company specialising in documentary storytelling. Recent stories include Seeing the Land from an Aboriginal Canoe, about the unacknowledged contribution of Aboriginal Victorians on colonial waterways; The Savoy Ladies Group, a film about Italian women migrants in North-Eastern Victoria;Exile, a musical multimedia tour celebrating the Irish experience in Australia; and Memories of War, a collaborative film and research project about the impacts of WW1 on a regional town. Her work is distributed online, at dedicated screenings and events and at museums and cultural institutions.

Follow Lucinda on Twitter @lucinda_windsky.


Out of the Closets: A homosexual history of Melbourne

Lucy Jackson

_dsf2663Dr Lucy Jackson is a postdoctoral fellow at King’s College London. Her research focuses on ancient Greek and Roman theatre and its reception in early modern Europe and Britain during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Lucy is a member of the Steering Committee for the Women’s Classical Committee (2015-17). Lucy is half-Australian and tries to visit her family in Canberra as much as her stipend allows.

Follow Lucy on Twitter @LucyMCJackson.


Launching the Women’s Classical Committee, UK

Anne Jamison

anne-jamisonDr Anne Jamison is Lecturer in Literary Studies at Western Sydney University. Anne has published widely on nineteenth-century Irish women’s writing, including her recent monograph E. Œ. Somerville and Martin Ross: Female Authorship and Literary Collaboration (Cork University Press, 2016). She is currently Nancy Keesing Fellow at the State Library of New South Wales and is working on a comparative project between nineteenth-century Australian and Irish women’s writing. As part of this project, and in collaboration with the Sydney Review of Books, Anne will be hosting the Australian Women’s Writing Symposium at the State Library of New South Wales on November 3, 2016.


‘Who do you think you are?’ Australian Women Writers

The retrospect: Australian women’s writing symposium

Andy Kaladelfos

screen-shot-2016-11-25-at-1-16-04-pmDr Andy Kaladelfos is a Senior Research Fellow on the ARC Laureate Fellowship Prosecution Project at the Griffith Criminology Institute. Andy’s recent publications include Sex Crimes in the Fifties with Lisa Featherstone, and The Sexual Abuse of Children: Recognition and Redress with Yorick Smaal and Mark Finnane.

Follow Andy on Twitter @AKaladelfos.


Uncovering a hidden offence: Histories of familial sexual abuse

James Keating

screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-1-39-44-pmJames Keating is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of New South Wales. His current research, published in Women’s History Review and Australian Historical Studies, considers the individual connections and organisational networks that linked Australasian feminists with their counterparts across the world in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. James is a member of the Journal of Australian Studies’ editorial committee.

Follow James on Twitter @oldcoldmole.


Vida Goldstein, the vote, and the challenges of national and international citizenship

Anna Kerr

Anna Kerr is a lawyer, teacher, activist and mother of four. She is the founder and Principal Solicitor of the Feminist Legal Clinic which works to advance feminism by supporting feminist groups and their members. Her clients are diverse and include the Coalition for Women’s Refuges, the Women’s Family Law Court Support Service, The Women’s Library and Mamapalooza Sydney. Anna is a member of the Australian Women’s History Network.


Respectful Relationships Education? Let’s start by teaching some Herstory

Catherine Kevin

Catherine KevinDr Catherine Kevin is a Senior Lecturer at Flinders University, which she joined in 2007 after holding positions at SBS Television and the Menzies Centre of Australian Studies, King’s College, University of London. She is the author of Feminism and the Body: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009), as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. Catherine is the South Australian representative for the Australian Women’s History Network.

Follow Catherine on Twitter @catherinekevin5.


Day in the working life of a historian: Catherine Kevin

Marilyn Lake

screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-9-02-06-pmProfessor Marilyn Lake was a member of the La Trobe history department from 1989 before moving to the University of Melbourne in 2013, where she convened the ‘Australia in the World’ series of public lectures, seminars and symposia. She has held Visiting Professorial Fellowships at Stockholm University, Australian National University, University of Sydney, University of Western Australia and University of Maryland. Between 2001 and 2002 Marilyn held the Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University, and between 2010 and 2014 she was President of the Australian Historical Association. She retired from the University of Melbourne in 2016.


In celebration of internationalism in women’s history: Select reminiscences from Marilyn Lake’s Festschrift

Deb Lee Talbot

Deb Lee-Talbot is completing a Bachelor of Arts (sociology) at Deakin University. Deb is currently completing an internship at Melbourne Museum, researching the 1883 New Guinea expedition of The Argus. Her primary research interests are religion, gender, Australian and Pacific history.

Follow Deb on Twitter @socialquery101.


From the fields of war to the streets of suburbia: A centenary of the Australian Red Cross

Victoria Leonard

image00005-2Dr Victoria Leonard is an early career researcher and tutor at Cardiff University, Wales. Her research focuses on late antique historiography, late ancient religion, and gender, sexuality and theories of the body in antiquity. Victoria is a founding member, former co-chair, and Steering Committee member of the Women’s Classical Committee.

Follow Victoria on Twitter @tigerlilyrocks.


Launching the Women’s Classical Committee, UK

Brigitte Lewis

s200_brigitte-lewisDr Brigitte Lewis is the Research Officer for the Gendered Violence and Abuse Research Alliance (GeVARA) at RMIT where researchers are actively exploring digital activism in relation to crime and justice issues.

Follow Brigitte on Twitter @briglewis.



Feminist digital activism: The revolution is being streamed, snapped and tweeted

Kiera Lindsey

kiera-lindseyDr Kiera Lindsey published her first book The Convict’s Daughter with Allen & Unwin in 2016 and is under contract to publish another speculative biography with Allen & Unwin in 2019. She is also working with Foxtel’s History Channel as an on-camera historian for a new four part series on Australian History which will air in mid-2017. She completed a Masters of Arts and a Ph.D. at the University of Melbourne and lectures in Australian history at the University of South Australia. Kiera has won awards for her teaching and was the winner of the inaugural Greg Denning History Prize in 2009.

Follow Kiera on Twitter @LindseyKiera.


The Convict’s Daughter: Speculations on biography

Rebecca Lush

screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-3-34-39-pmRebecca Lush is a Curator of Medical History at the Harry Daly Museum. Her other roles include program producer and volunteer coordinator at the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences and Heritage Interpreter at Cockatoo Island. Rebecca has recently graduated from a Masters of Museum and Heritage Studies program at the University of Sydney.

Follow Rebecca on Twitter @LotteNaughton.


Day in the working life of a historian: Rebecca Lush

Jane Lydon

Lydon July head&shProfessor Jane Lydon holds the Wesfarmers Chair in Australian History at the University of Western Australia. Her most recent book Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire (Bloomsbury, 2016) explores the role of photography in shaping ideas about race and difference from the 1840s to the 1948 Declaration of Human Rights, placing the Australian experience in a global context. She is currently involved on two ARC Discovery projects: one on magic lantern slide shows as a globalised and formative cultural experience in colonial Australia; and another addressing how anti-slavery discourse, particularly its representations in popular culture, influenced humanitarian campaigns from 1890 to the present. Jane’s research more broadly explores visual cultures in an effort to understand how images have shaped ideas and debates about rights, identity and culture that persist into the present.

Follow Jane on Twitter @LydonJane.


Day in the working life of a historian: Jane Lydon

Vera Mackie

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-6-38-47-pmProfessor Vera Mackie is Director of the Centre for Critical Human Rights Research at the University of Wollongong. Her essay on searching for traces of women in the military archives will appear in Kirsty Reid and Fiona Paisley (eds) Sources and Methods in Histories of Colonialism: Approaching the Imperial Archive (Routledge) in 2017.

Follow Vera on Twitter @veramackie.


Remembering Bellona: Gendered allegories in the Australian War Memorial

The grandmother and the girl

Susan Magarey

Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 5.52.58 PMProfessor Susan Magarey has degrees in English Literature and History from Adelaide University and the Australian National University. She was Lecturer-in-charge of the Women’s Studies Programme at the Australian National University (1978-83) and the Director of the Research Centre for Women’s Studies at Adelaide University (1983-2000), where she is now Professor Emerita in History. She is Founding Editor of Australian Feminist Studies (1985-2005), and remains a member of its Editorial Board; founder of the Magarey Medal for Biography; and author of Dangerous Ideas: Women’s Liberation – Women’s Studies – Around the World.


Catherine Helen Spence: ‘The most distinguished woman they had had in Australia’

Joanne McEwan

screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-6-59-23-pmDr Joanne McEwan is a Lecturer in History at The University of Western Australia and a Research Assistant with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe, 1100–1800). Her research interests focus on crime, gender and family history in Britain, c.1650–1850. Joanne’s publications include Accommodating poverty: The housing and living arrangements of the English poor, c. 1600-1850, which she edited with Pamela Sharpe and, with Philippa Maddern and Anne Scott, Performing Emotions in Early Europe (Brepols, forthcoming).

Follow Joanne on Twitter @Jo_McEwan_.


The legacy of eighteenth-century wife beating

Patricia Crawford: Celebrated scholar and mentor

Ann McGrath

AnnMcGrathProfessor Ann McGrath is the Director of the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at Australian National University. She has been the recipient of many awards during her exalted career, including the John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction, Inaugural W.K. Hancock prize, the Human Rights Award for non-fiction, the John Barrett Prize and Yale’s Archibald Hannah Junior Fellowship. In her consultancy work, Ann co-ordinated the history project of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and has appeared as a witness in the Gunner & Cubillo case and in various Northern Territory land claims. McGrath’s Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia was published by University of Nebraska Press in December 2015. If you would like to be able to write history as compellingly as Ann, you should also check out Ann Curthoys and Ann McGrath’s How to Write History that People Want to Read (2009).

Follow Ann on Twitter @AnnMcGrath5.


A tale of three book launches

Wendy Michaels

Dr Wendy Michaels is a Conjoint Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle. Wendy is currently writing a book about Millicent Preston Stanley, Inventing Millicent: First Female Parliamentarian in NSW. Her article “The Final Factor: What Political Action Failed to Do” appeared in Lilith: A Feminist History Journal in 2013. Additionally, Wendy’s research on child custody and the father-right principle features in the Wiley Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies.


The final factor: Achieving maternal rights in 1930s’ New South Wales

NSW Parliamentary trailblazers: A fit place for women?

Petra Mosmann

usB9URpVPetra Mosmann is a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of History and International Relations at Flinders University in South Australia. Her current research explores the relationship between Australian feminist collection practices and histories. Petra has been a member of the Australian Women’s History Network’s Lilith Editorial Collective since 2013. Her article “A feminist fashion icon: Germaine Greer’s paisley coat” appeared in Australian Feminist Studies in 2016.

Follow Petra on Twitter @petra_mosmann.


Germaine Greer’s coat, Julia Gillard’s jacket: Thoughts on fashion, feminism and collections

Kathleen Neal

Kathleen NealDr Kathleen Neal is a Lecturer in Medieval History. She specialises in political rhetoric and the role of letter-writing in late medieval English government and politics. Kathleen is also interested in medieval theories of grammar and rhetoric, social diplomatic, pragmatic literacy, gender, and authorship/authority. Her recent work can be checked out on her academic blog In Thirteenth Century England.

Follow Kathleen on Twitter @KB_Neal.


Day in the working life of a historian: Kathleen Neal

Melanie Nolan

melanie-nolanProfessor Melanie Nolan is a Professor of History at the Australian National University. Her research interests focus on labour, class, and gender, as well as biography. Her books include Suffrage and Beyond: International Feminist Perspectives (1994), edited with Caroline Daley, Breadwinning: New Zealand Women and the State (2000), and Kin: A Collective Biography of a New Zealand Working-Class Family (2005). Since 2008, she has been the Director of the National Centre of Biography and the General Editor of the Australian Dictionary of Biography.


Reshaping the Australian Dictionary of Biography: Feminist interventions

Sheilagh Ilona O’Brien

sheilagh-photoshoo-13Sheilagh Ilona O’Brien is a doctoral candidate at The University of Queensland. Her Ph.D. thesis investigates witchcraft and diabolism in early modern England. Prior to her doctoral studies she completed a Masters in International Studies (Peace & Conflict Resolution), with a thesis on the failure of international responses to the Rwandan genocide. Sheilagh holds a Bachelor of Arts (History, Hons I) with an honours thesis on the religious and cultural underpinnings of Afrikaner nationalism in the early twentieth century.

Follow Sheilagh on Twitter @SheilaghIlona.


‘Wicked women’ and communal violence: Witchcraft in historical perspective

Fiona Paisley

Fiona-paisleyProfessor Fiona Paisley is a historian at Griffith University in Brisbane. Her current research includes an investigation of Australia in mid-twentieth anti-slavery debates; and middle-class Australia and internationalism at home during the interwar years. Fiona is the editor of a forthcoming special edition of History Compass which focuses on anti-slavery and Australia.

Follow Fiona on Twitter @fpaisleyhistory.


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

Sarah Pinto

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-1-08-53-pmDr Sarah Pinto is a historian who lectures in Australian Studies at Deakin University. Her research interests are in public and popular history, the history and politics of emotion, gender and sexuality, and place and landscape. She is currently researching the commemoration of Indigenous peoples and histories in contemporary Australia. Sarah is co-convenor of the Melbourne Feminist History Group.

Follow Sarah on Twitter @sarahpinto_.


A day in the working life of a historian: Sarah Pinto

Alana Piper

AlanaPiperDr Alana Piper is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Griffith University in the fields of gender and criminal justice history. Her research is particularly interested in economically-motivated crimes such as theft, fraud, prostitution and fortune-telling. In the past she has contributed to The Conversation and History Workshop Online, as well as being a regular contributor to and convenor of the Prosecution Project blog. Alana is one of the Managing Editors of the VIDA blog.

Follow Alana on Twitter @alana_piper.


Out of the tower and into the blogosphere: How and why you should be sharing your research online

The role of economic abuse in domestic violence

Top 10 for 2016

Book thieves in 19th-century Melbourne

Bethany Phillips-Peddlesden

IMG_2373Bethany Phillips-Peddlesden is a Ph.D. candidate, tutor and research assistant in Australian history at The University of Melbourne. Her thesis examines the intersections of power and gender in the lives of Australian Prime Ministers. Bethany was a National Library of Australia Summer Scholar (2015); a member of the Australian Women’s History Network’s Lilith Editorial Collective (2014-2016), including Submissions Manager (2016); and a Postgraduate Representative for the Australian Historical Association (2014-2016).


Writing histories of gender in Australia and the world – Personal thoughts on a public roundtable

Marian Quartly

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-3-37-47-pmProfessor Marian Quartly is Professor Emerita of Australian history in the Monash School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies. Her long and distinguished research career has ranged across diverse topics in gender and Australian history, covering issues such as nationalism, the family, religion, and the construction of male and female sexualities. Her most recent book, Respectable Radicals: A History of the National Council of Women of Australia 1896-2006, was co-authored with Judith Smart. Marian was also a Chief Investigator on the ARC funded History of Adoption Project.


Marital separation and family heroines

Maria Quirk

screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-2-08-59-pmDr Maria Quirk is Curator of History and Digital at Adderton and an historian of art and women’s history. A former University of Queensland Writing Fellow and recipient of the State Library of Queensland’s Q ANZAC 100 fellowship, Maria has previously worked on the casual teaching staff at the University of Queensland and at the Queensland Supreme Court and Fryer Libraries. Her research on women and art has been published in The Journal of Victorian CultureVisual Culture in Britain and Woman’s Art Journal.

Follow Maria on Twitter @maria_quirk.


Day in the working life of a historian: Maria Quirk

Laura Rademaker

rademaker-profile-picDr. Laura Rademaker is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University. Her research covers themes of race, gender and religion in twentieth century Australia. Her work on Aboriginal missions in Australia has received numerous prizes, including the Australian Historical Association’s Serle Award for best Ph.D. in Australian History, the Australian National University’s J.G. Crawford prize for most outstanding doctoral thesis and the John Molony Prize in History. Currently, she is working with Tiwi Islanders to write book on the history of Catholic missions that foregrounds the memories and perspectives of Aboriginal people. She is also researching Australia’s ‘religious realignment’ (or ‘secularisation’) in the 1960s and 70s, focusing particularly on questions of gender and race.

Follow Laura on Twitter @laurarads.


The stolen generation: motherhood in black and white

Senthorun Raj

senthorun-raj-photoDr Senthorun Raj recently submitted his Ph.D. at Sydney Law School at The University of Sydney and has been appointed as a Lecturer in Law at Keele University.

Follow Senthorun on Twitter @senthorun.



Are you really gay enough to be a refugee?

Anne Rees

screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-6-19-46-amDr. Anne Rees is a David Myers Research Fellow at La Trobe University. She is a historian of Australia in the world, and her current research examines Australian women’s transpacific mobility and the impact of United States interwar immigration restriction upon Anglospheric relations. Prior to joining La Trobe, Anne was a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Junior Research Fellow in the Laureate Research Program in International History at the University of Sydney. She holds a Ph.D. from the Australian National University and an MA from University College London, and has been a Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University.

Follow Anne on Twitter @AnneLRees.


A different view of women: Mentors, Australian women professionals and the United States

Persia Campbell, our woman at the United Nations

Nadia Rhook

headshot_nrhookDr. Nadia Rhook is a Melbourne-based historian and writer, currently lecturing at La Trobe University. She’s published in journals including the Journal of Women’s HistoryPostcolonial Studies and Peril: Asian Australian Arts and Culture Magazine. Nadia is interested in the transformative power of learning language and history. Nadia created the walking tour “Migration and the Private Lives of the Hoddle Grid,” and is curating the City of Melbourne heritage exhibition “Moving Tongues: language and migration in 1890s Melbourne.”

Follow Nadia on Twitter @NadiRhook.


Representing a non-English speaking woman in 1890s Melbourne: some dilemmas

Shirleene Robinson

screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-11-15-49-amDr Shirleene Robinson is the Vice Chancellor’s Innovation Fellow in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University. She has written extensively on topics encompassing histories of sexuality, race, childhood, medicine, law and politics. Her most recent book was Gay and Lesbian, Then and Now: Scenes from an Australian Social Revolution with Robert Reynolds.

Follow Shirleene on Twitter at @shirleene.


Beyond the culture wars: LGBTIQ history now

Lynette Russell

Lynette RussellProfessor Lynette Russell is the Director of the Faculty of Arts Monash Indigenous Centre at Monash University and President of the Australian Historical Association (2016-2018). Lynette’s publications include Savage Imaginings: Historical and Contemporary Constructions of Australian Aboriginalities (2001) and Roving Mariners: Australian Aboriginal Whalers and Sealers in the Southern Oceans, 1790-1870 (2012). Her historical focuses are far ranging – across the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, from the Gunditjmara and Wurundjeri people of Victoria to the Smoki people in Prescott, Arizona. One of her major concerns is to develop an anthropological approach to history.


Maulboyheenner and Tunnerminnerwait

Heather Sheard

Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 9.40.56 amDr Heather Sheard was a secondary school teacher and an assistant principal before retiring and completing a master’s thesis on the history of Victoria’s maternal and child health centres, published in 2007 as All the Little Children: The story of Victoria’s Baby Health Centres, and re-published in 2017. Her PhD thesis, completed in 2013 was a biography of Dr Vera Scantlebury Brown published in 2016 as A Heart Undivided: the biography of Dr Vera Scantlebury Brown. She is currently researching the contribution of Australian women surgeons during World War One.


Australia’s women doctors in the First World War

Jordy Silverstein

Screen Shot 2017-01-19 at 5.23.11 pmDr Jordy Silverstein is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Melbourne University, working as part of the ARC Laureate Fellowship Project ‘Child Refugees and Australian Internationalism: 1920 to the Present’. Her research focuses on histories of Australian government policy towards child refugees since the 1970s, as well as histories of Jewish sexuality, identity, and memory. She is the author of Anxious Histories: Narrating the Holocaust in Jewish Communities at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century (2015), and co-editor of In the Shadows of Memory: the Holocaust and the Third Generation (2016).

Follow Jordy on Twitter @jewonthis.


AWHN farewells 2016 and welcomes 2017…

Zora Simic

screen-shot-2016-11-20-at-4-45-54-pmDr Zora Simic is a Lecturer in History and Convener of Women’s and Gender Studies in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales. She has published widely on past and present feminist activism and debates, the history of sexuality and post-war migration to Australia.

Follow Zora on Twitter @ZoraSimic.


Towards a feminist history of domestic violence in Australia

Yorick Smaal

Screen Shot 2017-03-10 at 7.38.01 PMDr Yorick Smaal is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow and an Associate Investigator on the ARC-funded Laureate Fellowship the ‘Prosecution Project’. Yorick is an historian with particular interests in sex and gender, crime and punishment, and war and society and has published widely in these areas. His forthcoming book Boys, Sex and Crime (Routledge, 2018) examines young males as victims and offenders of sexual assault in Australia and the United Kingdom between 1870 and 1930. He is also investigating with Mark Finnane the history of courts-martial in the Australian forces and is author of Sex, Soldiers and the South Pacific, 1939-45: Queer Identities in Australia in the Second World War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).


Celebrating a career of engagement and achievement

Shurlee Swain

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-12-47-59-amProfessor Shurlee Swain is the team leader of the Historicising Social Policy program within the Australian Catholic University’s Historical Research Concentration. She has written extensively on Australia’s social history, women’s history, welfare history, history of the family, Indigenous history and history of childhood. With Marian Quartly and Denise Cuthbert she examined the history of forced adoptions in The Market in Babies: Stories of Australian Adoption and undertook a comparative study of child welfare practices with Margot Hillel in Child, Nation, Race and Empire: Child Rescue Discourse, England, Canada and Australia, 1850-1915. Shurlee is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.


Reading the silences of domestic abuse

Ana Stevenson

AnaStevensonDr Ana Stevenson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the International Studies Group at the University of the Free State, South Africa in the field of transnational social movements. In September 2015, she gained editorial and social media experience during an internship on the Arts + Culture desk at The Conversation. In the past she has contributed to The Conversation, the Queensland Historical Atlas, and the British Association for American Studies’ award-winning blog, U.S. Studies Online. Ana is one of the Managing Editors of VIDA blog.

Follow Ana on Twitter @DrAnaStevenson.


How can historians best use Twitter?

‘Peace on earth good will to people’: Holiday reflections on Ms. Magazine

Top 10 for 2016

Stephanie Tarbin

BIOS_Steph TarbinDr Stephanie Tarbin is a Research Assistant with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe, 1100–1800), and a Lecturer in History at The University of Western Australia. Her main research interest is the gender and social history of late-medieval and early modern England and her doctoral thesis examined moral regulation in London, c. 1380–1530. She has published essays on moral regulation, masculinity, women’s friendships and children’s experiences. With Susan Broomhall, she is co-editor of Women, Identities and Communities in Early Modern Europe (Ashgate, 2008). This collection is a festschrift for Patricia Crawford.


Patricia Crawford: Celebrated scholar and mentor

Anna Temby

Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 6.32.21 PMAnna Temby is a Ph.D. candidate and tutor at the University of Queensland researching the construction and contestation of public space in nineteenth-century Brisbane and the impact of governmental process in controlling public behaviour. She also works as a public historian and heritage consultant, specialising in intangible heritage and the social and cultural significance of heritage spaces and museum collections.


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

Hsu-Ming Teo

Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 9.50.42 amAssociate Professor Hsu-Ming Teo is a literary novelist and cultural historian who teaches creative writing in the English Department at Macquarie University. Her first novel Love and Vertigo (2000) won The Australian/Vogel Literary Award and was shortlisted for several other awards. Her second novel Behind the Moon (2005) was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. She is working on her third novel. Her academic publications include Desert Passions: Orientalism and Romance Novels (2012) and Cultural History in Australia (2003), as well as a wide range of articles on the history of travel, Orientalism, imperialism, fiction, and popular culture. Hsu-Ming is currently editing The Popular Culture of Romantic Love in Australia, the Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction, and working on a monograph on history and the romance novel.


Love and the land: early Australian rural romances

Kathryn Ticehurst

pictureKathryn Ticehurst is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Sydney. Her thesis examines the work of several anthropologists who worked in Aboriginal communities in the 1940s and 1950s. She is more broadly interested in histories of empire and colonial science.




Review of the AHA Conference

Mary Tomsic

mtomsicDr Mary Tomsic is a Postdoctoral Research Associate researching visual representations of child refugees as part of the ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship on Child Refugees and Australian Internationalism from 1920 to the present at The University of Melbourne. Mary’s broad teaching and research interests are in cultural history in particular visual culture, film and history; historical representations in popular culture; Australian film culture and understandings of gender & sexuality. Her most recent publication is a co-edited collection Diversity in Leadership: Australian women, past and present (with Joy Damousi and Kim Rubenstein, ANU Press 2014).

Follow Mary on Twitter @mary_tomsic.


We Aim to Please: Cinematic activism, sex and violence

AWHN farewells 2016 and welcomes 2017…

Angela Wanhalla

aAssociate Professor Angela Wanhalla is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Art History, University of Otago, where she also co-directs the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture with Tony Ballantyne. Angela researches the relationship between race, intimacy and colonialism. Her current project, Marriage, Past and Present, supported by a Royal Society of New Zealand Rutherford Discovery Grant (2014-19), investigates the politics of intimacy in New Zealand.

Follow Angela on Twitter @AWanhalla.


Of Love and war: Marriages across the ‘colour line’ in the South Pacific

Phoebe Wilkens

screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-8-20-44-pmPhoebe Wilkens is a Director, researcher and one half of Born and Bred Historical Research. Phoebe has an Advanced Diploma in Local, Family & Applied History and a Bachelor of Historical Inquiry and Practice from the University of New England. She is also a member of the Professional Historians Association (Victoria) and has experience working at the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) and the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, as well as volunteer work at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. Phoebe’s passion is family history research, women’s history and uncovering those skeletons in the closet.


Dead and buried: Digging up controversial history

Sonya Wurster

Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 2.15.39 pmDr Sonya Wurster is an honorary fellow at the University of Melbourne. She is passionate about promoting equity and diversity in the discipline of Classics.  Her main areas of research are the literature and culture of the late Roman republic as well as Epicurean philosophy. She is currently writing a book on the works of Philodemus of Gadara, whose works were discovered at the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum, where they had been carbonised by the first pyroclastic surge of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE. The book, Reconstructing Philodemus: The Hellenistic Philosopher in the Late Republic, is due for publication later this year.

Follow Sonya on Twitter @DrSonyaWurster.


The leaking pipe: Women in academia