Past events

The cover of Wives and Wanderers, depicting a native New Guinea woman tending to her pigs.

Wives and wanderers in a New Guinea highlands society »

Fri 13 Mar 2015
Women's lives in the Waghi Valley Marie Olive Reay Edited by Francesca Merlan, with additional introduction by Marilyn Strathern Wives and Wanderers...
The Naturalist and his 'Beautiful Islands'.  Charles Morris Woodford in the Western Pacific

The Naturalist and his 'Beautiful Islands' »

Thu 12 Mar 2015
Charles Morris Woodford in the Western Pacific David Russell Lawrence Charles Morris Woodford devoted his working life to pursuing this dream,...
Joan Beaumont

2014 Professor Joan Beaumont: The Real War? Battles on the Australian home front 1914–19 »

Tue 23 Sep 2014
If you read only one book about Australia's experience of World War I... make it Broken Nation, an account that joins the history of the war to the...
Professor Jeannette Bastian

2013 Professor Jeannette Bastian: Whose memories, whose records: when the archival legacy of a colonial past meets the cultural records of a post-colonial future »

Wed 25 Sep 2013
Islands, specifically the former colonial islands of the Caribbean and the Pacific, share many similar archival and records issues. Questions around...
Marian Sawer

2012 Emeritus Professor Marian Sawer: Feminism for the 21st century »

Thu 13 Sep 2012
Feminism has suffered from 'false feminist death syndrome' for almost as long as it has existed. Some believe that now with a woman Prime Minister...
John Faulkner

2011 annual lecture: Proud past, bright future »

Tue 15 Feb 2011
Senator John Faulkner presents the annual Archives lecture reflecting on the history of the Labour movement in Australia. His talk also opens the '...
Peter Stanley

2010 annual lecture: Smiths in Stasiland: Archival reminders of an uncomfortable Australian past (2010) »

Tue 14 Sep 2010
Dr Peter Stanley is currently researching Australia's Great War through the experience of people with the family name Smith, and German-Australians...
Graeme Davison

2009 annual lecture: Rethinking the Australian legend. Graeme Davison »

Tue 8 Sep 2009
Fifty years after its publication Russel Ward's book The Australian Legend remains the classic account of our national origins. In tracing Australia'...
Michael Piggott

2008 annual lecture: Alchemist magpies? Collecting archivists & their critics »

Tue 16 Sep 2008
Are archivists complicit in helping the victors write history, privileging some voices and silencing others? Are they alchemists transforming 'turds...
Anne Curthoys

2007 annual lecture: Harry Potter & the Holocaust: Reflections on history & fiction »

Tue 18 Sep 2007
In recent debates over truth and fiction in history, the Holocaust has loomed large. It is often seen to be a litmus test for historians, in terms of...