Australian History

Brian Matthews reviews 'The Story of Australia’s People: The rise and rise of a New Australia' by Geoffrey Blainey

Brian Matthews
23 November 2016

The seminar, as far as I can remember, took place in what was then the Melbourne Teachers’ College on Grattan Street. The late-afternoon sunlight slanting through ornate ...

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John Arnold reviews 'The Vagabond Papers' by John Stanley James

John Arnold
24 August 2016

In March 2016 the Royal Historical Society of Victoria hosted a function to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Michael Cannon's The Land Boomers, first issued ... More

'How do we live with ourselves? The Australian national conscience' by Alan Atkinson

Alan Atkinson
22 August 2016

When Australian federation was being planned and its implications first worked through, various men and women with agendas of their own set themselves ...

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Joy Damousi reviews 'Armenia, Australia and the Great War' by Vicken Babkenian and Peter Stanley

Joy Damousi
22 August 2016

The Armenian Genocide, which claimed an estimated 1.5 million lives, began in 1915. It continues to cause controversy today and is a hotly contested event; ...

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'Making the Australian Quilt: 1800-1950' (NGV Australia)

Margaret Robson Kett
25 July 2016

With a needle on cloth, Mary Jane Hannaford preserved her sharp observations of people as stout appliquéd figures set amidst interpretative renditions of Australian animals. Late in life More

Peter Christoff reviews 'The Lucky Country? Reinventing Australia' by Ian Lowe

Peter Christoff
25 July 2016

When The Lucky Country was published in 1964, its cover – Albert Tucker's painting of a hat-wearing, stony-faced, beer-swilling Aussie gambler – captured its ...

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Seumas Spark reviews 'Anzac Day Then and Now' edited by Tom Frame

Seumas Spark
23 May 2016

I hazard a guess that more books are published on Anzac – the day, the legend, the myth – than on any other subject in Australian history. The least of these ...

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Peter Stanley reviews 'Unnecessary Wars' by Henry Reynolds

Peter Stanley
23 May 2016

In 1885 the Singleton MHA and Militia officer Albert Gould reflected that, New South Wales having sent a contingent to fight for the empire in the Sudan, 'we shall be ...

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Alistair Thomson reviews 'Memory and Migration in the Shadow of War: Australia's Greek immigrants after World War II and the Greek Civil War' by Joy Damousi

Alistair Thomson
23 May 2016

When we talk about the importance of Australia's remembered wartime past, we mostly think of home-front experiences or Australians who went away ...

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Simon Caterson reviews 'Waterfront: Graft, Corruption and Violence: Australia's crime frontier from 1788 to now' by Duncan McNab

Simon Caterson
27 April 2016

The Australian way of life has been much influenced by the proximity of most of the population to the coast. While we often think of the sunny side of that existence in terms of the beach, certain shadier aspects of the Australian experience have been shaped at the docks.

'Australia's major ports have been the birthplace of the nation, home to the tight-knit ... More

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