Jill Roe’s Searching for the Spirit: Theosophy in Australia, 1879–1939 (2020)

Marian Quartly reflects upon historian Jill Roe’s book Searching for the Spirit: Theosophy in Australia, 1879-1939, upon its recent republication. Jill Roe, described on her death as ‘one of Australia’s greatest historians’, is best remembered for her internationally acclaimed biography of … Continue reading

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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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Doing feminist history: A symposium for emerging historians

Michelle Staff reflects on the recent Sydney Feminist History Group symposium for early career researchers and PhD candidates. In 2014, Joy Damousi posed the important question: “Does feminist history have a future?”. In her response, she highlighted the various challenges … Continue reading

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Gender Violence around the World: Reading List

To mark the launch of Alana Piper and Ana Stevenson’s edited collection, Gender Violence in Australia: Historical Perspectives (Monash University Publishing, 2019), we compiled a growing list of resources about gender violence around the world. Books Allen, Judith A. Sex and Secrets: Crimes Involving … Continue reading

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