Author Q&A: True Stories from Gurindji Country, NT

Earlier this year marked the 50th anniversary of the decisive Wave Hill Walk Off, in which 200 Gurindji men and women – stockmen and servants – protested against unfair work and living conditions. In the new book Yijarni: True Stories from Gurindji Country, editors Erika Charola and Felicity Meakins bring together compelling oral accounts of not only the … Read on

Author Q&A: Graeme Henderson on Australia’s historic shipwrecks

In his new book Swallowed by the Sea, leading maritime archaeologist Graeme Henderson delves into an array of shipwrecks around Australia’s coastline, from as far back as 1622 to as recent as 2010. Here, he shares his insights into researching and diving historic shipwrecks with Sarah Trevor – and recounts his thrilling first foray into maritime archaeology at … Read on

Author Q&A: 44 days – an RAAF squadron’s fight for Australia

In March and April 1942, the RAAF 75 Squadron defended Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, alone against the Japanese war machine. Here, author Michael Veitch explains how he researched this untold chapter of Australia’s World War II history for his book, 44 Days.  IHM: What inspired you to start researching the RAAF 75 Squadron for your book 44 Days? Michael: It’s … Read on

Author Q&A: Nick Richardson on sport in World War I

In October 1916, two teams of Australian soldiers played a special exhibition match of Australian Rules football in London – bringing the national game to the world beyond. Many of these players were sent to the Western Front, and some never returned. Here, Nick Richardson tells Sarah Trevor about the role of sport in World War I, and the stories … Read on

Author Q&A: Bruce Scates on 100 personal stories of World War I

Amidst the fanfare of the Great War centenary, historian Bruce Scates and his co-authors Rebecca Wheatley and Laura James set out to investigate 100 personal stories from the war: reflecting the experiences of servicemen and women, as well as their families. Here, Bruce tells us about how they researched for their book World War One: A History in 100 … Read on

Author Q&A: Glenn McFarlane on the Fair Dinkums of WWI

Enlisting after the horrors of Gallipoli hit home, the ‘Fair Dinkums’ were Anzac’s second wave. Inspired by a family connection to one such ‘Fair Dinkum’ soldier, journalist and author Glenn McFarlane set out to investigate their lives at war and beyond. The Fair Dinkums (MacMillan Australia, $34.99) is the result.  IHM: What initially drew you to … Read on

Author Q&A: Catherine Bishop on colonial-era businesswomen

Though tricky to trace in the historical record, the businesswomen of colonial Sydney led fruitful and fascinating lives, as historian Catherine Bishop – author of Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney – tells Sarah Trevor.  IHM: What inspired you to research colonial businesswomen in Sydney? Catherine: They kept inconveniently popping up! I was … Read on

Author Q&A: Tanya Evans on the history of the disadvantaged

Researching the histories of the disadvantaged is more challenging than researching the fortunate, Dr Tanya Evans tells Sarah Trevor – but also more fascinating. In this extended interview, Tanya tells us more about her new book, Fractured Families: Life on the Margins in Colonial New South Wales (NewSouth). IHM: What inspired you to start researching and writing about the … Read on

Author Q&A :: David Hill on the life of a First Fleet surgeon

The journal of surgeon Arthur Bowes Smyth, who travelled onboard the Lady Penrhyn convict ship, reveals much about the First Fleet voyage, attitudes to female convicts and life in the early settlement, says author David Hill. Here, he tells Sarah Trevor about his new book, First Fleet Surgeon: The Voyage of Arthur Bowes Smyth, published by the National … Read on

Author Q&A :: The Beach They Called Gallipoli

Awarding winning children’s author Jackie French and illustrator Bruce Whatley have created a beautiful children’s book with a focus on the events that occurred and the soldiers that passed through Gallipoli Beach from April to December 1915. Inside History chats with French and Whatley about their research. Click here to read more about The Beach They … Read on

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