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Gillian Dooley

Gillian Dooley reviews ‘Restless Spirits’ by Cassi Plate

June–July 2005, no. 272 01 June 2005
Adolf Gustav Plate (1874–1913) was a German artist, photographer and writer who spent much of his youth on merchant vessels in the South Pacific, eventually settling (or trying to settle) in Australia. Cassi Plate, his granddaughter, researched his life for a higher degree at the University of Sydney; her thesis has now been revised for publication (the first of six such volumes to be published ... (read more)

Gillian Dooley reviews ‘The Life of George Bass: Surgeon and sailor of the enlightenment’ by Miriam Estensen

December 2005–January 2006, no. 277 01 December 2005
The only surviving image of George Bass is surrounded by as much mystery as his death. It is a photograph of a painting that has now disappeared, thought to have been painted in about 1800. A handsome young man looks straight out at the viewer, with a faintly supercilious smirk. His hair is tied back and perhaps powdered – old-fashioned, I would have thought, for a young man in 1800, when Bass w ... (read more)

Gillian Dooley reviews 'National Treasures from Australia’s Great Libraries' by NLA

April 2006, no. 280 01 April 2006
Treasures exhibitions have reached epidemic proportions in Australia since the runaway success of the National Library’s ‘Treasures from the World’s Great Libraries’, which ran from December 2001 to February 2002. Now the National Library has decided to repeat its act, but this time to concentrate on home-grown exhibits. Australia’s ‘great’ libraries, it must be noted, are in this ca ... (read more)

Gillian Dooley reviews 'Britishness Abroad: Transnational Movements and Imperial Cultures' edited by Kate Darian-Smith, Patricia Grimshaw and Stuart Macintyre

June 2008, no. 302 01 June 2008
In her contribution to Britishness Abroad, ‘Colonial Enclaves and Domestic Spaces in British New Guinea’, Anne Dickson-Waiko writes that ‘the experiences of the colonised Other in relation to empire and colonisation needs [sic] urgent investigation, so that the colonised other can … move on to the post-colonial’. She shows a touching belief in the usefulness of research in the humanities ... (read more)

Gillian Dooley reviews 'Living Politics' by Margaret Reynolds

June 2008, no. 302 01 June 2008
Margaret Reynolds was a junior minister in the Hawke government. She began her career in special education, developing a passion for advocacy of the marginalised. Providing effective early childhood education for Aboriginal children in race-bound Townsville in the 1960s took not only idealism but ingenuity and guts. Juggling the needs of a young family with work and political activism, she joined ... (read more)

Gillian Dooley reviews 'Life and Death in the Age of Sail: The passage to Australia' by Robin Haines

August 2004, no. 263 01 August 2004
The Age of Sail might be presumed to cover several centuries, beginning, say, as far back as the great age of European exploration in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and continuing until wind-powered sea travel was gradually replaced, in the late nineteenth century, by steamships. The euphonious title of Robin Haines’s book is therefore a little misleading. She deals only with British as ... (read more)