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Beverley Kingston

Beverley Kingston’s publications included A History of New South Wales (2006).

Beverley Kingston reviews ‘What Australia Means to Me’ by Bob Carr and ‘Bob Carr: A self-made man’ by Andrew West and Rachel Morris

November 2003, no. 256 01 November 2003
Not since Henry Parkes has New South Wales had such a literary-minded premier as Bob Carr. Parkes published his own poems and wrote two earnest volumes of autobiography. Carr, so far, has tried his hand at a novel, a memoir and a diary, as well as writing lots of occasional pieces. Carr, like Parkes, was a journalist before becoming a professional politician. Parkes, too, dragged himself from humb ... (read more)

Beverley Kingston reviews ‘The Other Anzacs: Nurses at war, 1914–18’ by Peter Rees

March 2009, no. 309 01 March 2009
According to Peter Rees’s introduction to The Other Anzacs, ‘at least 2498 nurses’ served overseas with the Australian Army Nursing Service during World War I, with about 720 in other units raised in Britain or privately sponsored. There were ‘at least 610 nurses’ in the New Zealand Army Nursing Service, and perhaps another 100 overseas. The criteria for acceptance were high. Nurses were ... (read more)

Beverley Kingston reviews 'Captain Charles, Engineer of Charity: The remarkable life of Charles Gordon O’Neill' by Stephen Utick

June 2008, no. 302 01 June 2008
In 1881 Charles O’Neill abandoned a career in New Zealand and moved to Sydney, settling in The Rocks, close to the Marist fathers at St Patrick’s on Church Hill. Soon he had gathered about him a group of men keen to do something about the poverty they saw around them under the name of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. O’Neill was then in his early fifties, having been born in 1828 in Dumbar ... (read more)

Beverley Kingston reviews 'Fifty Key Thinkers on History, Second Edition' by Marnie Hughes-Warrington

July–August 2008, no. 303 01 July 2008
Written by Marnie Hughes-Warrington, of Macquarie University, this is essentially a text for both students and teachers studying ‘historiography’, which, according to my dictionary, is writing about history, rather than historians ‘making’ history, as is sometimes said here. Enthusiasm for the first edition of Fifty Key Thinkers on History (2000) has brought forth this new edition and shif ... (read more)

Beverley Kingston reviews 'Federation: The Secret Story' by Bob Birrell

April 2001, no. 229 01 April 2001
In 1995 Robert Birrell gave us an interesting book called A Nation of Our Own: Citizenship and nation-building in federated Australia. It traced the growth of a nationalist consciousness in the 1890s and the translation of that Australian nationalism into the forms of Federation and the early shape of the Australian Commonwealth. He argued that there was something distinctively Australian about th ... (read more)

Beverley Kingston reviews 'Lucy Osburn, A Lady Displaced' by Judith Godden

June 2007, no. 292 01 June 2007
The cover of Judith Godden’s biography of Lucy Osburn, the founder of modern nursing in Australia, is dominated by a ghostly white statuette of Florence Nightingale. Lucy herself appears in a bottom corner, photographed with a book in hand, an insignificant figure dressed in black silk, with a white cap over a severe hairstyle. At times, it seems as if Nightingale is going to overshadow the book ... (read more)

Beverley Kingston reviews 'Weary: The Life of Sir Edward Dunlop' by Sue Ebury

May 1994, no. 160 01 May 1994
Over 35,000 copies of the hardback edition of Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop’s war diaries had been sold before they were reissued in paperback. Now Sue Ebury, who edited those diaries for publication, has written an accompanying ‘Life’. An impish picture of the older Weary in a sportscoat looking rather smaller than he really was grins beneath his name written in gold on a red silk background. I ... (read more)

Beverly Kingston reviews 'Gross Moral Turpitude: The Orr Case reconsidered' by Cassandra Pybus

February–March 1993, no. 148 01 February 1993
There were no winners in the first round of the Orr Case. Sydney Sparkes Orr lost his job as Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tasmania in 1955. Suzanne Kemp, who had accused him of seduction, lost her reputation. Her father, who had supported her accusations, was subjected to all manner of speculation and innuendo. Edwin Tanner, a mature-age student who had complained about Orr’s poo ... (read more)

Beverley Kingston reviews 'The Commonwealth of Speech' by Alan Atkinson

December 2002-January 2003, no. 247 01 December 2002
According to the back cover: ‘This book explores the way common conversation matters … that during the last two hundred years we have been beguiled by reading and writing. Only during the last part of the twentieth century have we begun to remember the importance of speech as a source of truth in human affairs.’ It could also be noted that the seven essays collected here began as lectures, s ... (read more)

Beverley Kingston reviews 'A History of Victoria' by Geoffrey Blainey

March 2007, no. 289 01 March 2007
An earlier version of this history of Victoria first appeared in 1984 as Our Side of the Country. Though for the past sixteen years Sydney-born politicians Paul Keating and John Howard have usurped Victoria’s former almost constant ‘top position’ in Canberra, the possessive pride reflected in that early title still runs through this modern version. Wondering how such a small state could exer ... (read more)