Publications

Authored Books

  • Australian Lives: an Intimate History (co-author with Anisa Puri), Melbourne, Monash University Publishing, in press, 2017 (paperback and ebook).
  • Anzac Memories: Living With the Legend, Melbourne, Monash University Publishing, new edition (three new chapters), 2013.
  • Moving Stories: an intimate history of four women across two countries, Manchester University Press and UNSW Press, 2011.
  • Ten pound Poms: Australia’s Invisible Migrants (co-author with A. James Hammerton), Manchester University Press, 2005.
  • Anzac Memories: Living With the Legend, Oxford University Press, 1994.

Edited Books

Journal articles

  • ‘Digital Aural History: an Australian Case Study’, Oral History Review, 43, 2, 2016, pp. 292-314.
  • ‘”History is a Conversation”: Teaching Student Historians through Making Digital Histories’ (with Johnny Bell, Rebecca Carland, Peg Fraser) History Australia, 13, 3, 2016, pp. 415-30.
  • ‘Australian Generations? Memory, oral history and generational identity in postwar Australia’, Australian Historical Studies, theme issue on Australian Generations, 47, no. 1 (2016), pp 41-57. 
  • ‘Anzac Memories Revisited: Trauma, Memory and Oral History’, Oral History Review 42, 1, 2015, pp 1-29.  (winner, History Article (peer reviewed) Award, Victorian Community History Awards, 2015).
  • ‘Biography of an Archive: “Australia 1938” and the Vexed Development of Australian Oral History’, Australian Historical Studies 45, 3, 2014, pp 425-449. 
  • ‘”Tied to the kitchen sink”? Women’s lives and women’s history in mid-twentieth century Britain and Australia’, Women’s History Review, 22, 1, 2013, pp. 126-47.
  • ‘Moving Stories, Women’s Lives: Sharing Authority in Oral History’, Oral History 39, 2, 2011.
  • ‘Oral history and community history in Britain: Personal and critical reflections on twenty-five years of continuity and change’, Oral History, 36, 1, 2008, pp 95-104.
  • ‘Dancing through the memory of our movement: four paradigmatic revolutions in oral history’, BIOS, 2007, pp 21-29.
  • ‘Four paradigm revolutions in oral history’, Oral History Review 34, 1, 2007, pp 49-70.
  • ‘Anzac Stories: Using Personal Testimony in War History’, War and Society 25, 2, 2007, pp 1-22.
  • “Le storie di vita nello studio dell’emigrazione femminile” (“What was really going on!’ Illuminating migrant women’s experience through the comparative study of contemporary and retrospective life stories”),Quaderni Storici , 120, 3, 2005, pp. 685-708.
  • ‘I live on my memories: British return migrants and the possession of the past’, Oral History 31, 2, 2003, pp 55-65.
  • ‘Introduction – Sharing Authority: Oral History and the Collaborative Process’,The Oral History Review, 30, 1, Winter / Spring 2003, pp 23-26 (and editor of theme issue).
  • ‘Voices we never hear: the unsettling histories of postwar ten pound Poms who returned to Britain’, Voices of a 20th Century Nation: Oral History Association of Australia Journal 24, 2002, pp 52-59.
  • ‘Landscapes of memory: the migrations of Elizabeth Jolley’, Meanjin 61, 3, 2002, pp 81-97.
  • ‘Recording British migration: meaning and identity in the Good family audio letters from Australia, 1963-65’, in W. Prest and G. Tulloch (eds),Scatterlings of EmpireJournal Of Australian Studies / University of Queensland Press, 2001.
  • ‘Making the Most of Memories: The Empirical and Subjective Value of Oral History’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 6th series, Vol. ix, 1999, pp. 291-301.
  • ‘Moving Stories: Oral History and Migration Studies’, Oral History 27, 1, Spring 1999, pp. 24-37.
  • ‘Fifty Years On: An International Perspective on Oral History’, Journal of American History 85, 2, September 1998, pp 581-595.
  • ‘Recompondo a Memória: Questôes Sobre a Relaçâo Entre a História Oral as Memórias’, Projecto História 15, April 1997, pp 51-85 (‘Deconstructing memory: issues about oral history relationships and remembering’).
  • ‘Experience Never Ends: Connecting Life History Work and Experiential Learning’, Australian Journal of Experiential Learning, Issue 35, 1996, pp 24-29.
  • ‘Memory as a Battlefield: Personal and Political Investments in the National Past’, Oral History Review 22, 2, Winter 1995, pp 55-73.
  • ‘The Memory and History Debates: Some International Perspectives’ (with Michael Frisch and Paula Hamilton), Oral History, 22, 2, 1994, pp 33-43.
  • ”The Vilest Libel of the War’? Imperial Politics and the Official Histories of Gallipoli’, Australian Historical Studies 25, 101, 1993, 628-636.
  • ‘Learning About Adult Learning: the 1992 North American adult education research conferences’, Studies in the Education of Adults 25, 1, April 1993, pp 92-104.
  • ‘A Past You Can Live With: Digger Memories and the Anzac Legend’, Oral History Association of Australia Journal, 13, 1991, pp 12-18.
  • ‘Anzac: Putting Popular Memory Theory Into Practice in Australia’, Oral History, Spring 1990, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp 25-31.
  • ‘Steadfast Until Death’? C.E.W. Bean and the representation of Australian Military Manhood’, Australian Historical Studies, Vol. 23, No. 93, October 1989, pp 462-478.
  • ‘Out of the People: J.B.Priestley as Wartime Populist’, Scottish Labour History Journal, No. 21, 1986, pp 4-13.

Contributions to Edited Books

  • ‘Life Stories and Historical Analysis’, in Simon Gunn and Lucy Faire (eds), Research Methods for History, Edinburgh University Press, second edition, 2016, pp. 104-21.
  • Australian generations? Transformative events, memory and generational identity, in Michael Boss (ed.), Conflicted Pasts and National Identities: Narratives of War and Conflict, Aarhus University Press, Denmark, 2014, 55-68.
  • ‘Oral history and fragments in Southeast Asia’ (with Kah Seng Loh, Ernest Koh), in Kah Seng Loh, Ernest Koh and Stephen Dobbs (eds) Oral History in South East Asia, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2013, pp. 1-21.
  • ‘Oral History’, in Anna Clark and Paul Ashton (eds), Australian History Now, Sydney, University of New South Wales Press, 2013, pp. 73-89.
  • ‘Oral history and life story research: Reconfiguring the questions, relationships and politics of history?’, The Humanities in Australia: Taking Stock, in Ian Donaldson and Mark Finnane (eds), Taking Stock: The Humanities in Australian Life Since 1968, University of Western Australia Publishing, 2012, pp 243-251 (ebook at http://uwap.uwa.edu.au/books-and-authors/book/taking-stock/).
  • ‘Life Stories and Historical Analysis’, in Simon Gunn and Lucy Faire (eds), Research Methods for History, Edinburgh University Press, 2011, pp 101-117.
  • ‘Introduction'(with Alexander Freund), in Alexander Freund and Alistair Thomson (eds), Image and Memory, Oral History and Photography, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. pp 1-23.
  • ‘Photo Memories and Family Stories’, in Alexander Freund and Alistair Thomson (eds), Image and Memory, Oral History and Photography, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp 169-185.
  • ‘Memory and Remembering in Oral History’, in Donald A. Ritchie (ed.), The Oxford Handbook to Oral History, New York, Oxford University Press, Oxford University Press, 2011, pp 77-95.
  • ‘Remembering in Later Life: Some lessons from oral history’, in Joanna Bornat and Josie Tetley (eds), Oral History and Ageing, London, Centre for Policy on Ageing, 2010, pp 26-42.
  • ‘”I’m not a good mother”: gender expectations and tensions in a migrant woman’s life story’, in Desley Deacon and Penny Russell (eds), Looking Out: Australian Lives in the World, ANU E Press, 2008. 
  • ‘”My wayward heart”: homesickness, longing and the return of British post-war immigrants from Australia’, in Marjory Harper (ed), Emigrant Homecomings: the return movement of emigrants, 1600-2000, Manchester University Press, 2005, pp 105-130.
  • ”The Empire was a bar of soap’: Life stories and race identity among British emigrants travelling to Australia, 1945-1971′, in Hsu-Ming Teo and Richard White (eds), Cultural History in Australia, University of New South Wales Press, 2003, pp 201-213.
  • ‘Teaching Oral History to Undergraduate Researchers’, in Alan Booth and Paul Hyland (eds), The Handbook of University History Teaching, Manchester University Press, 2000, pp 154-165.
  • ‘Unreliable Memories? The Use and Abuse of Oral History’, in Willie Lamont (ed.), Historical Controversies and Historians, UCL Press, 1998, pp. 23-34.
  • ‘The Return of a Soldier’, in Penny Russell and Richard White (eds),Memories and Dreams: Reflections on Twentieth Century Australia, Pastiche II, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1997, pp. 60-76.
  • ‘Writing About Learning: Using Mass-Observation Educational Life Histories to Explore Learning Through Life’, in Juliet Swindell (ed.), Uses of Autobiography , Taylor & Francis, 1995, pp 163-176.
  • ‘A Crisis of Masculinity? Australian Military Manhood in the Great War’, in Marilyn Lake and Joy Damousi (eds), Gender and War, Cambridge University Press, 1995, pp 133-147.
  • ‘Working With Words: Active Learning in Community Writing and Publishing Groups’ (with Michael Hayler), in Jane Mace (ed.), Language, Literacy and Community Publishing: Essays in Adult Education , Multilingual Matters, 1995, pp 41-59.
  • ‘Embattled Manhood: Gender, Memory and the Anzac Legend’, in Kate Darian Smith and Paula Hamilton (eds), Memory and History in Twentieth Century Australia, Oxford University Press, 1994, pp 158-173.
  • ‘A Past You Can Live With: Digger Memories and the Anzac Legend’, in Alan Seymour and Richard Nile (eds), Anzac: Meaning, Memory and Myth, University of London Australian Studies Centre, 1991, pp 21-31.
  • ‘Anzac: exploring national myth and memory in Australia’, in Paul Thompson and Raphael Samuel (eds), The Myths We Live By, Routledge, 1990, pp 73-82.
  • ‘Domestic Drudgery Will Be a Thing of the Past: Co-operative Women and the Reform of Housework’, in S. Yeo (ed), New Views of Co-operation, Routledge, 1988, pp 108-127.
  • ‘Passing Shots at the Anzac Legend’, in V.Burgmann and J.Lee (eds), A Most Valuable Acquisition: A People’s History of Australia Since 1788, McPhee Gribble/Penguin, 1988, pp 190-204.

Radio and television productions

  • Script-writer and associate producer, ‘Anzac Memories Revisited: Searching for Hector Thomson’, contracted for ABC Radio National Hindsight, 2014.
  • Historical consultant and narrator, ABC Radio National, ‘Missing Pieces’, 30 minute documentary produced by Roz Bluett, 11 March 2012.
  • Historical consultant, BBC Timewatch in association with ABC and Essential Viewing Production Company, ‘Ten Pound Poms’, one hour documentary based upon my jointly-authored book, ABC TV, 1 November 2007.
  • Historical consultant and narrator, ABC Radio National, ‘Anzac Memories – Revisited’, one hour special, 31 July 2004.
  • Historical consultant and narrator, BBC Radio 4 The Archive Hour, ‘Ten Pound Poms’, 2001-02.