The Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne, Melbourne University Press 1978, reprinted in paperback 1979, 1981, 1984, 1988, 1994 304 pp. (Jointly awarded Ernest Scott Prize for Australian History 1978-9).

Melbourne on Foot: 15 Walks through Historic Melbourne, Rigby Ltd., Adelaide, 1980, 214 pp. (editor and author of three chapters).

The Outcasts of Melbourne: Essays on Social History, George Allen and Unwin, Sydney 1985, 220 pp. (co-editor with David Dunstan and Chris McConville).

Australians 1888 (co-editor with J.W. McCarty and A. McLeary) Fairfax, Syme and Weldon, Sydney 1987, 474 pp.

A Heritage Handbook, George Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1991; reprinted 1996, (co-editor with Chris McConville and author of five chapters).

Journeys into History, Weldon Russell, Sydney, 1990 (editor and author of a chapter).

Out of Work Again: The Autobiographical Narrative of Thomas Dobeson, 1855-1891 (co-editor with Shirley Constantine), Monash Publications in History : 6, 1990, 98pp.

Melbourne Centre Stage: The Corporation of Melbourne 1842-1992, (edited with Andrew May), Royal Victorian Historical Society, 1992, 189 pp.

The Unforgiving Minute: How Australia Learned to Tell the Time, Oxford University Press, 1993, 160 pp.

The Cream Brick Frontier: Histories of Australian Suburbia (edited with Tony Dingle and Seamus O’Hanlon) Monash Publications in History no. 19, 1995, 167pp.

Cities Down Under: Urban History in Australia and New Zealand (editor) Special issue of Journal of Urban History, November 1995.

The Oxford Companion to Australian History, Oxford University Press Melbourne, 1998, reprinted 1999, 2000 714 pp. (co-editor with John Hirst and Stuart Macintyre, and author of about 100 entries).

The Use and Abuse of Australian History, Allen and Unwin Sydney 2000, 326 pp. (Honourable Mention Australian Cultural Studies Awards, 2001).

The Oxford Companion to Australian History, (revised edition), September 2001 (Honourable Mention, Centre for Australian Cultural Studies Award)

Car Wars: How the Car Won Our Hearts and Conquered Our Cities, Allen and Unwin, Sydney 2004, xix+308 pp. (Awarded the Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction, Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, 2004, Short-listed for Age Book of the year (Non-fiction) 2004, New South Wales Premier’s Prize for Australian History, 2004, Centre for Australian Cultural Studies Award 2004, Victorian Community History Awards 2004.).

The Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne, revised and expanded edition, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2004, 382 pp.

‘The End of the Affair’, Special issue of Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 51, Number 1, 2005, (co-edited with Stuart Ward).

Yesterday’s Tomorrows: The Powerhouse Museum and its Precursors 1880-2004, Powerhouse Museum and University of New South Wales Press, 2005, pp. 288 (edited with Kimberley Webber and author of four chapters).

Struggle Country: The Rural Ideal in Twentieth Century Australia, Monash ePress, 2005, (edited with Marc Brodie).

The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne 2005, pp. 820, (Associate-editor).

Body and Mind: Historical Essays in Honour of F. B. Smith, MUP Academic Monographs, Carlton 2009 (edited with Pat Jalland and Wilfrid Prest)

University Unlimited: The Monash Story, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 2012 xxix + 385 pp. (with Kate Murphy). (Short-listed for the Ernest Scott Prize, commended for the Victorian Community History Awards).

Trendyville: The Batttle for Australia’s Inner Cities, Monash University Publishing, Clayton 2014 (co-authored with Renate Howe and David Nichols), xviii+200. (Shortlisted, Victorian Community History Awards).

Lost Relations: Fortunes of my family in Australia’s golden age, Allen and Unwin, Sydney 2015,  xiii+272 pp. (Judge’s Special Prize, Victorian Community History Awards, 2015).

City Dreamers The Urban Imagination in Australia, New South, Sydney, 2016,  pp. 314.

Shorter Monographs, Working Papers and Reports

What Makes a Building Historic?, Historic Buildings Council of Victoria 1980.

Faulty Spires: The Church and Historic Conservation, Uniting Church Historical Society 1988.

Old Age in a Young Society: Towards a History of Ageing in Australia, Lincoln Papers in Gerontology, La Trobe University, Melbourne 1993.

The Past and Future of the Australian Suburb, Urban Research Program Working Paper no. 33, Australian National University, Canberra 1993

Australia: The First Postmodern Republic? Robert Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, London 1995.

Melbourne’s Golden Mile, Melbourne 1999, 24 pp.

The Compassionate Eye: Research and Reform, Oswald Barnett Oration, Ecumenical Housing September 2000..35 pp.

History as a Vocation, Lecture on the occasion of his retirement from the School of Historical Studies, 23 November 2005, School of Historical Studies, 2006, 23 pp.

From the Market to the Mall: A Short History of Shopping in Melbourne, Research paper prepared for the Department of Sustainability and Environment, September 2006.

Speed-relating: Family History in a Digital Age, Don Grant Lecture, Family History Week, 2007,

A Short History of Housing in Victoria (with Tony Dingle), Victorian Premier’s Department, 2010.

‘Founding Monash: The University and the Promise of Modernity’ lecture podcast at

Narrating the Nation in Australia, Menzies Lecture, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, London 2009, 48 pp.

Delivering Sustainable Urban Mobility, Report for the Australian Council of Learned Academies, SF 08, Canberra 2016 with Bruce Godfrey, Bruce Armstrong and Brendan Gleeson.

Chapters and Journal Articles

‘Alexander Harris and the Australian Legend’, Melbourne Historical Journal, no.2, 1962.

‘Royal Mint’ in Historic Public Buildings of Australia, National Trust in association with Cassells, Melbourne 1969.

‘Balfour, James’, Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 3, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne 1969, pp. 80-82.

*`Public Utilities and the Expansion of Melbourne in the 1880s’, Australian Economic History Review, vol. 10, no. 2, September 1970, pp. 169-89, (reprinted in J.W. McCarty and B.D. Schedvin (eds) Australian Capital Cities: historical essays, Sydney University Press 1978, pp. 82-101.

*`R.E.N. Twopeny and Town Life in Australia’, Historical Studies, vol. 16, no. 63, Oct. 1974, pp. 292-305.

*Explanations of Urban Radicalism: Old Theories and New Histories’, Historical Studies, vol. 18, no. 70, Apr. 1978, pp. 68-87.

*`Sydney and the Bush: an urban context for the Australian Legend’, Historical Studies, vol. 18, no. 71, Oct. 1978, pp. 191-209, (reprinted in John Carroll (ed.) Intruders in the Bush: the Australian Quest for Identity, Oxford University Press 1982), G. Whitlock and D. Carter (eds), Images of Australia, University of Queensland Press 1992 pp. 191-204: and Penny Russell and Richard White (eds) Pastiche 1 The Nineteenth Century, Allen and Unwin Sydney 1994, pp.239-259; also on-line in Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism, vol. 116, Gale Publications (US), 2003.
A Conversation with Graeme Davison: Urban History in Australia’ (interview), Journal of Urban History, Vol. 5, no. 1, Nov. 1978, pp. 69-91.

*`Australian Urban History: a progress report’, Urban History Yearbook, Apr. 1979, pp. 100-9.

`The Dimensions of Mobility in Nineteenth Century Australia’, Australia 1888, no. 2, 1979, pp. 7-32.

`First Thoughts on Religion in 1888′, Australia 1888, no. 6, 1980, pp. 54-8.

`Historic Time and Everyday Time’, Australia 1888, no. 7, 1981, pp. 5-10.

‘Dyson, Edward George’ in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 8. Melbourne University Press, Melbourne 1981, pp. 395-6.

*`Planning the New Social Order: the Melbourne University Social Survey, 1941-3′, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Sociology, vol. 17, 1981, pp. 36-45.

*`Slicing Australian History: Reflections on the Bicentennial History Project’, New Zealand Journal of History, vol. 16, 1982, pp. 3-20.

`The Australian Energy System in 1888′, Australia 1888, no. 10, 1982, pp. 3-37.

*`What happened to History’ (review article), Historical Studies, vol. 20, No. 79, Oct. 1982, pp. 292-301.

*`The City as a Natural System: Ideas of Urban Society in Early Nineteenth Century Britain’, in Derek Fraser and Anthony Sutcliffe (eds.), The Pursuit of Urban History, Edward Arnold, London, 1983, pp. 349-70.

*`The City-Bred Child and Urban Reform in Melbourne, 1900-1940′ in Peter Williams (ed.), Social Process and the City, Urban Studies Yearbook, 2 (Allen and Unwin, Sydney 1983), pp. 143-174.

*`Exhibitions’, Australian Cultural History, no. 2, 1983, pp. 5-21.

‘Judkins, William Henry’, Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds.) Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol 9, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne 1983, pp. 527-8.

`Introduction’ and (with David Dunstan) `"This Moral Pandemonium": images of low life’ in G.J. Davison, David Dunstan and Chris McConville (eds), The Outcasts of Melbourne, George Allen and Unwin, Sydney 1985, pp. 1-28, 29-57.

*`Unemployment, race and public opinion: reflections on the Asian immigration controversy of 1888′ in Andrew Markus and M.C. Ricklefs (eds) Surrender Australia?  (Allen and Unwin 1985), pp. 101-111.

`What makes a Building Historic?", Heritage Australia, Winter 1987, pp. 21-4.

*`Centennial Celebrations’, in Graeme Davison, J.W. McCarty and Ailsa McLeary (eds), Australians 1888, Fairfax Syme and Weldon, Sydney 1987, pp. 1-29,

`Energy’, in Davison, McCarty and McLeary (eds), Australians 1888, pp. 69-89,

`Capital Cities’ in Davison, McCarty and McLeary (eds.) Australians 1888, pp.   188-253,

‘People Moving’ in Davison, McCarty and McLeary (eds.), Australians 1888, pp.229-256.

`Towards 1988′  in Davison, McCarty and McLeary (eds.), Australians 1888,  pp. 427-31.

`Learning history: reflections on some Australian school textbooks’, Australian Historical Association Bulletin, no. 53, Dec. 1987 pp. 2-8.

*`The Picture of Melbourne 1835-1985′ in A.G.L. Shaw (ed.), Victoria’s Heritage, Allen and Unwin Sydney, 1986, pp. 12-36.

`Marrying History with the Future: the Rialto story’, Victorian Historical Journal, vol. 58, no. 1, Mar. 1987, pp. 6-19.

*`Festivals of Nationhood: the International Exhibitions’ in F.B. Smith and S.L. Goldberg (eds) Australian Cultural History, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 1988, pp. 158-177.

*`Slicing History: Nationhood and the Bicentennial’, History Today, vol. 38, January 1988, pp. 25-34.

"New, brawny, uneven and half-finished": Brisbane among the Australian capital cities’ in Brisbane in 1888: The Historical Perspective, Brisbane History Group Papers, no. 8, 1989, pp. 151-162.

*`The Use and Abuse of Australian History’, Australian Historical Studies, vol. 23, no. 91, Oct. 1988, pp. 56-76.

*`Cities and Ceremonies: Nationalism and Civic Ritual in Three New Lands’, New Zealand Journal of History, vol. 24, no. 2, Oct. 1990, pp. 97-117.

`Greener Pastures: the Western District of Victoria’ in Davison (ed.) Journeys into History, Weldon Russell, Sydney 1990, pp. 155-167.

`A sense of place’ in Bain Attwood (ed.), Boundaries of the Past, The History Institute, Victoria, Melbourne 1990, p. 28-35.

`The Parochial Past: Changing Uses of Australian Local History’ in P. Ashton (ed.), The Future of the Past? Australian History after the Bicentenary, Royal Australian Historical Society, Sydney 1990, pp. 5-19.                         

`History & Heritage’, in The Role of History in Conservation Work (ed.) T. Kass, seminar paper published by the Professional Historians’ Association, NSW, Nov. 1990. 

*`The Meanings of Heritage’ in Graeme Davison and Chris McConville (eds.), A Heritage Handbook, Allen and Unwin, Sydney 1991, pp. 1-13

`A Brief History of the Heritage Movement’ in Davison and McConville (eds.) A Heritage Handbook, pp. 14-27.

 `The Battle for Collins Street’ in Davison and McConville (eds.) A Heritage Handbook, pp. 65-76,. 

`What Makes a Building Historic?’ in Davison and McConville (eds.) A Heritage Handbook, pp. 115-132.

`Reading a Building’ in Davison and McConville (eds.) A Heritage Handbook,

`Presenting a Case’ in Davison and McConville (eds.) A Heritage Handbook pp. 251-6.

*`Paradigms of Public History’ in John Rickard and Peter Spearritt (eds), Packaging the Past: Public Histories, Melbourne University Press 1991, pp. 4-15 (Special issue of Australian Historical Studies, vol. 14, no. 96, April 1991.

*`Punctuality and Progress: The Foundations of Australian Standard Time’, Australian Historical Studies, vol. 25, no. 99, October 1992, pp. 169-191.

`Melbournes that Might have Been: Three Visions of the Future City’ in Davison and May, Melbourne Centre Stage, pp. 168-188.

`Use – a heritage issue’, Trust News, vol. 21, no. 5, April 1993, p. 20.

`Time in Our Own Time’, Arena Magazine, August/September 1993, pp. 44-47.

‘The Evidence History Forgot’ in Who, What and Why of Collecting, The Ephemera Society of Australia, Conference Proceedings, Melbourne 1993, pp. 8-10.

`The Changing Image of Central Melbourne’ in Andrew May (ed.), The Living Heart: Images and Prospects for Central Melbourne, Monash Publications in History no. 15, Melbourne 1993, pp. 22-31.

`The Broken Lineage of Australian Family History’ in Donna Merwick (ed.), Dangerous Liaisons: essays in honour of Greg Dening, Melbourne 1993, pp 333-352.

*’The Past and Future of the Australian Suburb’ in Louise Johnson (ed.) Suburban Dreaming An Interdisciplinary Approach to Australian Cities, Deakin University Press 1994, pp. 99-113.

`Suburban Pioneers’ (with Barbara Davison) in Davison, Dingle and O’Hanlon (eds.), Cream Brick Frontier: Histories of Australian Suburbia, , pp. 41-50.

‘Public Life and Public Space: A Lament for Melbourne’s City Square’ Historic Environment, vol. 11 no. 1 1994, pp. 4-9.

*’Our Youth is Spent and our Backs are Bent’: The Origins of Australian Ageism’, Australian Cultural History, no. 14, 1995, pp. 40-62.

*’Australia-The First Suburban Nation?’ in Davison (ed.), Cities Down Under: Urban History in Australia and New Zealand, Journal of Urban History, November 1995, pp. 40-74.

`Past Dreams of the Future City: An Australian Case-study’, in Peter Spearritt and James Walter (eds.), Changing Cities, National Centre for Australian Studies 1995, pp. 42-64.

‘The Last Hero and the First Saint’, Quadrant, vol. xxix, no. 322, December 1995, pp. 19-25.

*’The Culture of the International Exhibitions’ in David Dunstan and others, Victorian Icon The Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne, Melbourne 1996, pp. 11-18.

‘Melbourne’s Triple By-pass’, Arena Magazine, no. 22 April-May 1996, pp. 19-25.

*’Sex, Speed and Power: Young People and the Car in Melbourne, 1945-1970′ in The Australian City – Future/Past The Third Australian Planning History/Urban History Conference Proceedings, Melbourne 1997, pp. 133-142.

‘The Great Australian Sprawl’, Historic Environment, vol. 13 no. 1 1997, pp. 10-17.

*’History and Hypertext’, Electronic Journal of Australian and New Zealand History, <http//> 23 August 1997.

*’Welcoming the World: The 1956 Olympics and the Re-presentation of Melbourne’ in Judith Smart and John Murphy (eds.), The Forgotten Fifties, Australian Historical Studies and Melbourne University Press, November 1997, pp. 64-76. (An abridged version of this essay also appeared as ‘Welcoming the World: Melbourne in 1956’ in 1956 Melbourne, Modernity and the XVI Olympiad, Museum of Modern Art at Heide Exhibition Catalogue, Melbourne 1996, pp. 49-57).

*’The Unsociable Sociologist: W.S. Jevons and his Social Survey of Sydney, 1858′ in Michael Bennett (ed.), Intellect and Emotion: Essays in Honour of Michael Roe, Australian Cultural History, no. 16, 1997-8, pp. 127-150.

*’Urban Studies in Australia: A Road Map and the Way Ahead’ in Challenges for the Social Sciences and Australia, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and Australian Research Council, Canberra July 1998, vol. 2, pp. 3-30 (with Ruth Fincher); also in Urban Policy and Research, vol. 16, no. 3, 1998, pp. 13-27.

*’Heritage and the University’, Keynote Address in The University and Heritage, Conference proceedings of UNESCO Forum Conference, Deakin University 1998.

*’Images of Modern Melbourne, 1945-1970′, Journal of Australian Studies, Number 57, June 1998, pp. 145-161.

‘The Inaugural Melbourne Debate: That Historians Should Wear Black Armbands’, Melbourne Historical Journal, vol. 26, 1998, pp. 11-16.

*’Driving to Austerica: The Americanisation of the Postwar Australian City’ in Harold Bolitho and Chris Wallace-Crabbe (eds) Approaching Australia, Harvard University Committee on Australian Studies/Harvard University Press, 1998, pp. 159-183.

*’The Modern and Melbourne: self-imaging in photography, journalism and film’ in Lynette Finch and Chris McConville (eds.), Gritty Cities Images of the Urban, Pluto Press, Sydney 1999, pp. 45-64.

*’Suburban Character’, People and Place. Vol.7, no. 4 December 1999, pp. 26-31.

*’Colonial Origins of the Australian Home’ in Patrick Troy (ed.), A History of European Housing in Australia, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne 2000, pp. 6-25.

*’Engineers and Equity: The Political Economy of High-Speed Roads in the 1960s and 1990s’, Urban Policy and Research, vol. 18, no. 2, June 2000, pp. 191-204.

‘Zeit-Guised’ [review article], Australian’s Review of Books, August 2000, pp. 12-13.

* ‘Goldrush Melbourne’ in Iain McCalman, Alexander Cook and Andrew Reeves (eds), Gold: Forgotten Histories and Lost Objects of Australia, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne 2001, pp. 52-66.

*’National Museums in a Global Age: Observations Abroad and Reflections at Home’ in Darryl McIntyre and Kirsten Webber (eds.), National Museums: Negotiating Histories: Conference Proceedings, National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 2001, pp. 12-28.

‘The Family Bungalow: 16 Banchory Street, Essendon, Victoria’ in Susan Marsden (ed.), Our House, Australian Heritage Commission 2001,

*”The European City in Australia’ in Brian Nelson and David Garrioch (eds.), Journal of Urban History, vol. 27 no. 6 September 2001, pp. 779-793.

 ‘Beyond the Paper-Chase: The New Archival Revolution’, LaTrobe Forum, no. 18 May 2001, pp 8-11. Also in Australian Historical Association Newsletter, July 2003.

‘The Australian Suburb’, Locality, Winter 2001, pp. 4-7.

*’Navigating Australia’s Past: Milestones, Crossroads, Slow Curves and Blind Turns’, Tasmanian Historical Studies, vol. 7 no. 2, 2001, pp. 4-15.

‘The Imaginary Grandstand: International Sport and the Recognition of Australian Identity’, in Bernard Whimpress (ed.), The Imaginary Grandstand: Identity and Narrative in Australian Sport, Australian Society of Sports History, Adelaide, 2002, pp. 12-26.

*’The Imaginary Grandstand’, Meanjin 3/2002, pp. 4-18.

‘Tipping, Edmond. William.’ in John Ritchie and Diane Langmore (eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 16 1940-1980, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne 2002, pp. 400-1.

*’Frontier Conflict in the Museum’ in Bain Attwood and S. G. Foster (eds.), Frontier Conflict: The Australian Experience, National Museum of Australia, Canberra 2003, pp. 201-214.

*’Half a Determinist: Geoffrey Blainey and the Mechanics of History’ in Geoffrey Bolton and Deborah Gare (eds.), The Fuss That Never Ended: Geoffrey Blainey and Australian History, Melbourne University Press, 2003, pp. 15-27.

*’The Social Survey and the Puzzle of Australian Sociology’, Australian Historical Studies, vol. 34, no. 121, April 2003, pp. 139-162. (Also republished in John Germov and Tara Renae McGee (eds.), Histories of Australian Sociology, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne 2005, pp. 171-199).

*’Fatal Attraction? The Lure of Technology and the Decline of Rural Australia, 1890-2000′, Tasmanian Historical Studies, June 2003, pp. 40-55.

‘History on the Witness Stand: Interrogating the Past’ in Iain McCalman and Ann McGrath (eds.), Truth and Proof: The Humanist as Expert, Australian Academy of Humanities 2002 Symposium Proceedings, Canberra 2003, pp. 53-67.

*’Museums and the Burden of National Identity’, Public History Review no. 10, 2003, pp. 8-20.

‘The Archaeology of the Present: Excavating Melbourne’s Postwar Suburbs’ in Tim Murray (ed.) Exploring the Modern City: Recent Approaches to Urban History and Archaeology, Historic Houses Trust, Sydney, 2003, pp. 41-64.

*’The Habit of Commemoration and the Revival of Anzac Day”, Australian Cultural History, 22/ 2003, pp. 73-82.

*’Rural Sustainability in Historical Perspective’ in Chris Cocklin and Jacqui Dibden (eds), Sustainability and Change in Rural Australia, University of New South Wales Press, 2004, pp. 38-55..

*’A Historian in the Museum: The Ethics of Public History’ in Stuart Macintyre (ed.), The Historian’s Conscience: Australian Historians and the Ethics of History, Melbourne University Press, 2004, pp. 49-63.

*’Preface to the Second Edition’ in Graeme Davison, The Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne, revised edition, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne 2004, pp. v-xvii.

*’Afterword’ in Graeme Davison, The Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne, revised edition, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne 2004, pp. 316-322.

‘Marc Brodie’s The Politics of the Poor’. History Australia; 2. 2004, DOI:10.2104/ha040015

‘Country Life: The rise and decline of an Australian ideal’, Building Regional Capital, Regional History Seminar, Bendigo Bank, May 2004, pp. 31-36.

*’The Fallen Towers: Pride, Envy and Judgement in the Modern City’ in Brian Morris and Deb Verhoeven (eds.), The Passionate City, RMIT Press, Melbourne 2004.

*’The Colonial Strut: Australian Leaders on a World Stage’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 51, Number 1, 2005, pp. 6-16.

*’Urbanisation’ in Alison Alexander (ed.), A Companion to Tasmanian History, Tasmanian Historical Research Centre, 2005, pp. 491-496.

*’Introduction: Three Days in the Life of the Museum’ in Yesterday’s Tomorrows (with Kimberley Webber), pp 12-39.

*’The Heroic Age of Steam’ in Yesterday’s Tomorrows (with Debbie Rudder). pp. 200-213.

*’The Secret Life of the Strasburg Clock’ in Yesterday’s Tomorrows, pp. 148-159.

*’Interpreting the Nation: Which Stories, Whose Voice?’, Museums Australia Conference, Sydney 2 May 2005 published at.

*’The Exodists: Miles Franklin, Jill Roe and the Drift to the Metropolis in Twentieth Century Australia’, History Australia, vol. 2 no. 2, July 2005, pp. 1-11.

‘Introduction’ (with Marc Brodie) in Brodie and Davison (eds.), Struggle Country, pp. ix-xvi.

‘Country Life: The Rise and Decline of an Australian Ideal’ in Marc Brodie and Graeme Davison (eds.), Struggle Country, Monash ePress 2005, pp. 1-15.

‘Image of the City’ (4000 word essay) in Andrew Brown-May and Shurlee Swain (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne 2005, pp. 355-359.

‘Suburbs and Suburbanisation’ (4000 word essay) in Ibid., pp 692-696.

‘Class’ (4000 word essay) in Ibid, pp. 142-144.

*’Living with the Motor Car: Melbourne’s Moment of Decision?’ in Seamus O’Hanlon and Tania Lukins (eds), Go! Melbourne in the Sixties, Melbourne Publishing Group, Melbourne, 2005, pp. 117-130.

‘What should National Museums Do?: Learning from the World’ in Marilyn Lake (ed.), History, Memory and Museums, Australian Academy of Humanities/ Melbourne University Press, 2006, pp. 91-109.

‘Suburbs’ in Peter Beilharz and Trevor Hogan (eds.), Sociology: Place, Time and Division, Oxford UP  2006, pp. 14-19. (also published in the revised edition Sociology: Antipodean Perspectives, OUP 2012).

‘Melbourne’ in ibid.pp. 55-58.

*’From Urban Gaol to Bourgeois Suburb: The Transformation of Neighbourhood in Early Colonial Sydney’, Journal of Urban History, (Special Issue on The Social History of Urban Neighborhoods edited by David Garrioch and Mark Peel), vol. 32, no. 5, July 2006, pp. 741-760.

‘The View from the Palisade Hotel’, Meanjin, vol. 65, no. 2, 2006, pp. 96-107.

‘Christianity and Australian Culture’ in Stuart Piggin (ed.), Shaping the Good Society in Australia. Papers read at the first Australia’s Christian Heritage National Forum, Parliament House, Canberra 6-7 August 2006, Macquarie Centre, NSW, pp. 99-108.

‘Discovering Australian History’ in Fay Anderson and Stuart Macintyre (eds.), The Life of the Past: The discipline of history at the University of Melbourne, RMIT Publishing 2006, pp. 253-278.

 ‘Museums and the Culture Wars: In Defence of Civic Pluralism’ Open Museums Journal, Vol 7 2006,

‘The Panorama and the Printing Press’ in Susan Hunt (ed.), Sydney Views 1788-1888 from the Beat Knoblauch Collection, Historic Houses Trust, Sydney 2007, pp. 14-23.

‘Beyond the Paper-Trail: National Archives in a Digital Age’, Dialogue, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, vol. 26, no. 2, 2007, pp. 39-47.

‘The Village and the City’ in The State Library of Victoria, The Art of the Collection, The Miegunyah Press, Carlton 2007, pp.78-106.

‘Heritage: From Patrimony to Pastiche’ in Graham Fairclough, Rodney Harrison, John Jameson and John Schofield (eds.), The Heritage Reader, Routledge, London 2008, pp. 31-41.

‘Testing Citizens ‘, Around the Globe, vol. 4, no. 3, Winter 2008, pp. 4-10.

‘Down the Gurgler: Historical Influences on Australian Domestic Water Consumption’, in Patrick Troy (ed.), Troubled Waters: Confronting Australia’s Urban Water Crisis, ANU ePress/ Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Canberra 2008, pp. 37-67.

*’Tourists, Expats and Invisible Immigrants: Being Australian in London in the 1960s and 70s’ in Carl Bridge and David Dunstan (eds.), Australians in Britain, Monash ePress, 2009, 14.1-12.

*’Speed-relating: Family History in a Digital Age’, History Australia, vol. 6, no. 2, 2009, pp. 43.1-10.

*’Sociology and Self-Knowledge; James Phillips Kay and the Manchester Cotton Masters 1828-1835′ in Graeme Davison, Pat Jalland and Wilfrid Prest (eds.), Body and Mind; Historical Essays in Honour of F. B. Smith, MUP Academic Monographs, Carlton 2009, pp. 11-41. 

*’Founding Monash: The University and the Promise of Modernity’, Victorian Historical Journal, vol. 80, no. 1, June 2009, pp. 91-111.

*’Carlton and the Campus: The University and the Gentrification of Inner Melbourne’, Urban Policy and Research, vol. 27, no. 3, September 2009, pp. 253-264. (Special Issue: Deindustrialisation, Gentrification and the Re-invention of the Inner City: London and Melbourne, c. 1960-2008).

‘Victorian Genesis: Founding Histories’, Victorian Historical Journal, vol. 80, no. 2, November 2009., pp. 191-211.

‘Testing Times: Citizenship and “National Values” in Britain and Australia’ in Raimond Gaita (ed.), Essays on Muslims and Multiculturalism,, Text Publishing, Melbourne 2011, pp. 119-153. 

‘Phoenix Rising: The Academy and the Humanities in 1969’, Humanities in Australia, no. 1, 2010, pp. 6-14. (A revised version of this essay also appeared Ian Donaldson (ed.), Taking Stock: The Humanities in Australia, UWA Press, 2012, pp.33-45).

‘Beginnings’ in Keir Wotherspoon and Erik Ropers, Written into History: Celebrating Fifty years of the Melbourne Historical Journal, The Melbourne Historical Journal Collective, Parkville, 2012, pp. 33-38.

*’Rethinking the Australian Legend’, Australian Historical Studies, vol. 43, no. 3, September 2012, pp. 429-451.

*’Just Camping Out? A reply to Bill Garner’, Australian Historical Studies, vol. 43, no. 3, September 2012, pp. 466-471. 

‘Alan George Lewers Shaw, 1916-2012’, Australian Academy of Humanities, Annual Report, 2012, pp. 36-38.

‘Wilfred Prest’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 18, 2012, pp. 308-9.

*’The Suburban Idea and its Enemies’, Journal of Urban History, vol 20, no 10, September 2013, pp. 1-19. . 

‘City of Signs’ in Cluster: Exploring the Stories behind Melbourne’s Street Names, Exhibition catalogue, City Gallery, Melbourne Town Hall, 2013, no pagination.

‘Religion’ in Alison Bashford and Stuart Macintyre (eds.), The Cambridge History of Australia, vol. 2, Twentieth Century, Cambridge University Press 2013, pp. 215-236.

‘My Heritage Trail’ in Paul Ashton and Anna Clark (eds.), Australian History Now, UNSW Press 2013, pp. 181-197.

‘Fifty Years of Victorian Local History’, Victorian Historical Journal, Vol. 84, No. 1, June 2013, pp. 120-138.

‘The Imaginary Grandstand: Australian Nationalism in a Global Era’ in Cassandra Atherton (ed.), Travelling without Gods: Essays in Honour of Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Melbourne University Press, 2014, pp. 73-87.

‘Francis Barrymore (Barry) Smith’, Academy of Humanities Annual Report, 2014-15, pp. 58-60.

‘City Dreaming’, Griffith Review, no. 52, 2016, pp. 202-216.

‘Distance and Destiny'[50th anniversary of Geoffrey Blainey’s Tyranny of Distance], Inside Story, 28 July 2016,

 ‘The Governor, the Captain and the Needlewoman: how my great-great grandmother arrived in Port Phillip’, Latrobeana, vol 15, no. 3, November 2016, pp.17-23.

‘Shaping Melbourne’ in Richard Broome et. al (eds.), Remembering Melbourne 1850-1960, Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Melbourne 2016, pp. 14-16.

‘Spencer Street’ in Broome et. al. (eds), Remembering Melbourne, pp. 146-153.

‘Michael Roe’, Tasmanian Historical Research Association, Papers and Proceedings, vol. 63, no. 2, July 2016, pp. 98-99.

‘Yarning in the Street: The Evolution of Australian Public History’ in Stuart Macinyre et al (eds). A Historian for All Seasons: Essays for Geoffrey Bolton, Monash University Publishing, Clayton 2017, pp. 71-96.

‘”Suburb is not a rude word in Australia”: a lexical history’ in Richard Harris and Charlotte Vorms (ed.), What’s in a Name? Talking about Suburbs, University of Toronto Press, 2017, pp. 68-88..


‘Ken Inglis: Threads of Influence” in History Australia, 2017.

‘Hobbled by History: The Governmental Gap in Metropolitan Australia’ in Richard Tomlinson and Marcus Spiller (eds.),  A Metropolitan Reform Agenda for Australia, CSIRO Publishing 2017 (with David Dunstan).