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Anne Partlon

Anne Partlon
Anne Partlon is a West Australian writer who has contributed short stories, essays, and reviews to various journals, newspapers and anthologies. The author of Harps in the Mulga: A Bibliographical Guide to the Irish in Western Australia 1829-2003, and Mightier than the Sword: The Life and Times of Sir John Waters Kirwan (1866-1949), she teaches at Murdoch University.

Anne Partlon reviews 'Perth' by David Whish-Wilson

February 2014, no. 358 19 January 2014
Once regarded as a provincial backwater, Perth has been transformed by the latest mineral resources boom into the nation’s fastest-growing city. The world’s most isolated capital, it is also one of the most outward-looking: a land of ‘porous boundaries’ and endless possibilities, where time and distance are illusory, and the collective gaze of its citizens has, from the first, been resolut ... (read more)

Anne Partlon reviews 'The Marriage Knot: Marriage and divorce in colonial Western Australia 1829-1900' by Penelope Hetherington

February 2014, no. 358 17 January 2014
Between European settlement in 1829 and the 1900 federal referendum, the legislation regulating matrimony in the infant Swan River colony changed eight times. Now, in this intelligent dissection of marriage and divorce laws in colonial Western Australia, historian Penelope Hetherington examines the political, religious, and social forces that effected change, redefined gender relations, and led to ... (read more)