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Zoe Smith

Zoe Smith

Zoe Smith is a PhD candidate in the School of History at the Australian National University. She is a gender historian, currently writing a feminist, social, and cultural history of domestic violence in New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria between 1880–1914.

Zoe Smith reviews 'Courting: An intimate history of love and the law' by Alecia Simmonds

January-February 2024, no. 461 19 December 2023
In 2023, a broken engagement might be followed by tears, the division of possessions, and a reliance on family and friends. It might even involve a few trips to the therapist. But up until the mid-to-late twentieth century, Australian men and women’s heartbreaks could also see them take a trip to court to charge their partner with breach of promise of marriage. Alecia Simmonds’s Courting: An ... (read more)