Research

ARC Funded-Projects

Discovery Project, 2016-18. Australia’s Asian Garrisons and regional engagement, 1945-1988. This project examines Australia’s overseas military communities, which saw over 100,000 Australian service personnel and their families reside in japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong between 1945 and 1988. By undertaking the first detailed analysis of these communities as major sites of cultural contact, the project seeks to integrate the experiences of service personnel, their families and host societies into the history of regional relationships. It is anticipated that the project will expand and reinterpret the history of Australia’s engagement with Asia and extend the international scholarship on military bases, by focusing on the role of overseas garrisons in bilateral and regional relations.

The project team includes Professor Sean Brawley (Macquarie), Dr Agnieszka Sobocinska, Dr Ernest Koh and Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Mathew Radcliffe.

Future Fellowship, 2012-15. Detention: The Imperial and Humanitarian Origins of Internment and Concentration Camps. The project will examine the colonial origins of the concentration camp system and its previously unexplored links with protection policies for Indigenous and immigrant groups. It seeks to contribute to how we understand the history of non-criminal and non-citizen detention, humanitarianism and human rights.

Linkage Project, 2010-14. Australian Generations: Life Histories, Generational Change and Australian Memory with my colleagues Al Thomson, Seamus O’Hanlon and LaTrobe University historians Katie Holmes and Kereen Reiger. The National Library of Australia and ABC Radio National were the industry partners on this large-scale oral history project.

Discovery Project, 2010-12. Captive Australians: The place of the Prisoner of War (POW) in post-war Australian culture. This research involves inquiry into the POW as witness, claimant, photographic subject and politician. It also explores how Australia’s regional relationships were influenced by the experience of captivity in World War II. I am further interested in the representation of POWs and civilian internees on film, television and in novels.

I am also interested in the relationship between photography and human rights and Australia’s role as a mandatory power in the Pacific.

I have broad experience in nineteenth and twentieth century Australia history, and I am particularly interested in supervising topics relating to Australian experiences of war; commemoration, memory and the representation of war; histories of captivity, detention and protection; atrocity and photography; the history of humanitarianism and human rights; Australian women’s history.

Current Postgraduate Supervisions (as main)

Johnny Bell, ‘A History of fatherhood in twentieth-century Australia’ (PhD)

Alesha Lister, ‘Infanticide in England, 1900-1939’ (PhD)

Julia Smart, ‘Australian prisoners of war and the impact of wartime captivity after the First World War’

Geraldine Moore, ‘The Young George Higinbotham’

Completed Theses

Simone Sharpe, ‘Made in Melbourne: Making, Using and Collecting Domestic Technology in Twentieth-Century Melbourne’ (PhD 2015)

Lynda Collier, ‘The Women of the Culloden’ (MA, 2011)

Lachlan Grant, ‘The AIF in Asia and the Pacific 1941-1945: a reorientation in attitudes toward Asia, empire and nation’ (PhD 2010)
Marianna Stylianou, ‘Combating ‘Ignorance… the greatest enemy of health’: health education in Australia 1945-1981′ (PhD 2010)

Simon Sleight, ‘The Territories of Youth: Young People and Public Space in Melbourne, c. 1870-1901.’ (PhD 2008, joint supervision. Winner of the Australian Historical Association’s Serle Prize for the Best Postgraduate Thesis)

Jacqueline Z. Wilson, ‘Public History and the Australian prison museum: an investigation of social memory and the ‘other”, (associate supervisor, PhD, 2006. Now published as Prison: Cultural Memory and Dark Tourism, P. Lang, New York, 2008)

Lachlan Grant, ‘Mateship, Memory and the Australian ex-POW memorial: incorporating the POW experience within the Anzac legend’ (MA, 2005)