John Rickard

John Rickard reviews 'Norman Haire and the Study of Sex' by Diana Wyndham

John Rickard
29 January 2013

Norman Haire was born in Sydney’s Paddington in 1892, the year in which the word ‘homosexual’ is said to have entered the English language in the translation of Krafft-Ebing’sPsychopathia Sexualis. It was a coincidence Haire might have enjoyed, though for a man given to speaking his mind he was always discreet about his homosexuality.

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Darrell Lewis: A Wild History

John Rickard
28 August 2012

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A Wild History: Life and Death on the Victoria River Frontier
by Darrell Lewis
Monash University Publishing, $29.95 pb, 342 pp, 9781921867262

 

Darrell Lewis first encountered the Victoria River District of the Northern Territory in 1971 when he wo ... More

Angela Woollacott: Race and the Modern Exotic

John Rickard
21 March 2012

Trio of sorts

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RACE AND THE MODERN EXOTIC: THREE ‘AUSTRALIAN’ WOMEN ON GLOBAL DISPLAY
by Angela Woollacott
Monash University Publishing (Footprint), $24.95 pb, 154 pp, 9781921867125

 

Annette Kellerman, described by Angela Woolla ... More

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

John Rickard
27 February 2012

I first saw Summer of the Seventeenth Doll in 1957 in London, of all places. I remember feeling some pride in seeing the symbolic kewpie doll presiding over the New Theatre in the heart of the West End. June Jago’s performance as Olive has stayed with me over the years; Philip Hope-Wallace, the Guardian reviewer, described her as ‘all chin and ... More

The fifty-seventh summer of Ray Lawler’s great play

John Rickard
01 February 2012

‘This harsh, cawing, strongly felt play’

by John Rickard

 

 

I first saw Summer of the Seventeenth Doll in 1957 in London, of all places. I remember feeling some pride in seeing the symbolic kewpie doll presiding over the New Theatre in the heart of the West End. June Jago’s performance as Olive has stayed ... More

John Rickard reviews 'Savage or Civilised? Manners in Colonial Australia' by Penny Russell

John Rickard
04 May 2011

Lacking a titled aristocracy and the leisured class that went with it, Australian colonial society encouraged an egalitarianism of manners. This, however, did not reflect the absence of so More

David Walker: Not Dark Yet

John Rickard
24 March 2011

An historian’s journey into the past

John Rickard

 

Not Dark Yet: A Personal History
by David Walker
Giramondo, $32.95 pb, 336 pp, 9781920882655

 

It is perhaps not surprising that historians, as they edge towards retirement, should consider the poss ... More

'The tyranny of text? Different readings at the Melbourne International Arts Festival' by John Rickard

John Rickard
07 December 2010

Different readings at the Melbourne International Arts Festival

by John Rickard

 

In October, Brett Sheehy’s Melbourne International Arts Festival presented, with a certain relish, I suspect, two productions that represent opposite ends of a dramatic spectrum of current concern to those working in theatre. Heiner Goebbels’s S ... More

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