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Georgina Arnott

Georgina Arnott

Dr Georgina Arnott joined Australian Book Review as Assistant Editor in 2022 after a career in academic research in Australian history, biography, the British empire and literary studies. She has a PhD in History and an MA in Literary Studies, both from the University of Melbourne. Georgina has been published as a book reviewer, essayist and scholarly journal author. Her first book, The Unknown Judith Wright (UWAP, 2016), was shortlisted for the National Biography Award in 2017, and she is the editor of Judith Wright: Selected Writings (La Trobe University Press, 2022). In 2021 she was named an ABC Top 5 Humanities Scholar and produced the Radio National episode Commemorating James Stirling?

Georgina Arnott reviews 'The Interest: How the British establishment resisted the abolition of slavery' by Michael Taylor

March 2021, no. 429 22 February 2021
In August 1823, Quamina Gladstone and his son Jack led an uprising in the British sugar colony of Demerara where they were held as slaves. The men believed that the British parliament had voted to abolish slavery and that this was being concealed from them. The colonists quashed the rebellion with firepower, torture, and execution. Something had happened in Britain’s parliament: the Anti-Slavery ... (read more)

Georgina Arnott reviews 'Switched On: Conversations with influential women in the Australian media' by Catherine Hanger

October 2006, no. 285 01 October 2006
Switched On showcases the careers of twenty-nine ‘influential’ women who work in the media. Catherine Hanger, interviewer and former editor of Vogue Australia, believes that Switched On ‘connects two major spheres of influence in our society – the media and the women who work in it’ – and argues that the influence of these women is ‘very powerful indeed’. While the title promises ... (read more)

'Links in the Chain: Legacies of British slavery in Australia' by Georgina Arnott

August 2020, no. 423 24 July 2020
In 2007, Britain’s Royal Mint issued a £2 coin commemorating two hundred years since the Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, the zero in ‘1807’ appearing as if a broken link in a chain. While interrupting the notorious transatlantic trade, the Act did not end slavery itself – that was achieved, at least in parts of the British world, with further legislation in 1833 that outlawed en ... (read more)
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