Detroit’s Destruction

These images defy understanding. I can’t quite wrap my head around the way these buildings have been left just as they were used, not packed up or dismantled or torn down. Do they have so little value for the community? Or is the community so beyond the niceties of popular, contemporary, Western understandings of what is important … Continue reading

Book Review: What’s Wrong with Anzac

What’s Wrong with Anzac by Marilyn Lake , Henry Reynolds , Joy Damousi  and Mark Mckenna has been on my to-read list since it came out earlier this year. I watched and read with interest all the debate that surrounded its release. I have had a difficult relationship (academically) with Marilyn Lake. For some reason I don’t even … Continue reading

Review: Letters of a Woman Homesteader

I downloaded Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart on the strength of a review on Amazon that said, simply, I wouldn’t regret it. And I didn’t. There are 26 letters, written from Elinore to her previous employer Mrs Coney. They span the years 1909 to 1913 when Elinore took her daughter Jerrine … Continue reading

History of Reading Online Exhibition

Just another quick post to send you to this fabulous online exhibition – A Place of Reading – using some wonderful images of people reading. It comes out of the American Antiquarian Society, whose goal is to “engage scholars in the study of the history of the book”. A very pleasant way to spend some … Continue reading

History in the Pub

An historic pub, open fires, beer and a lecture on settlement society from a eminent Historian. A lovely way to spend a Sunday. Today my mum, aunt and I went along to the Albion Hotel in Cottesloe to listen to James Belich give a talk based on his new book Replenishing the Earth. The Settler Revolution … Continue reading

5th Annual Limina Conference – UWA

Yesterday I woke especially early to make it to the University of Western Australia and attend the 5th Annual Limina Conference (it started at 8.30!). Limina is a refereed academic online journal published through the Discipline of History at UWA. It focuses on cultural and historical research work and aims to publish post-graduate students and Early Career … Continue reading

The Next Chapter

I’m suspicious that some scandal happened and she changed her name when she married. I can’t find any evidence of this, but I haven’t finished searching yet. Nothing ever works out the way you think it will (or at least that’s my perception). The above quote is where I left off talking about Johanna (Mary … Continue reading

‘Digger Nurses on the Western Front, 1916-1919’

I have been reading this book by Rosemary Lancaster about Australian women who travelled, lived and worked in France from 1880 to 1945. It is wonderfully interesting and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. I was going to do a full review when I’d finished it but last night I read the chapter on the WWI nurses … Continue reading

One door closes and another opens

The thrill of just leaping out into the void and seeing what happens, following a dream or goal, knowing what you want your life to look like and just making it that way, is thrilling. Yesterday I finished off my first consultant project. I worked at the tail end of a very large project, bring … Continue reading