PROFESSOR JENNY HOCKING FASSA is Research Professor and Australian Research Council Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) Fellow in the National Centre for Australian Studies. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and in 2014 was appointed the inaugural Distinguished Whitlam Fellow with the Whitlam Institute, Western Sydney University. Professor Hocking is an award winning author and scriptwriter and a regular commentator on Australian politics and history, political biography and counter-terrorism. She is the author of several books including The Dismissal Dossier: Everything You Were Never Meant to Know About November 1975 (MUP 2015), Gough Whitlam: His Time (MUP 2012) and Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History (MUP 2008), Frank Hardy: Politics Literature Life (2005) and Lionel Murphy: a Political Biography (CUP. 1997). The second volume of Jenny Hocking’s definitive two-volume biography of Gough Whitlam, Gough Whitlam: His Time, won the 2014 Barbara Ramsden Award in the Fellowship of Australian Writers Literary Awards and was shortlisted in the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (Australian History Prize), the National Biography Award, the Queensland Literary Awards and long-listed in the 2013 NiB Waverley Awards for Literature. The fist volume, Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History, was shortlisted for the 2009 Magarey Medal for Biography, the Queensland Premier’s Awards, The Age Book of the Year and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and long-listed in the 2009 Walkley Awards.
Professor Hocking’s research has been supported by several Australian Research Council Grants and Fellowships. She is currently working on an ARC Discovery Grant project, From Sarah Wills Howe to Thomas Wentworth Wills: An Australian Family Biography, a biographical study of the Wills family a significant yet overlooked colonial family. From the economic success of its matriarch Sarah Wills, who arrived in Sydney in 1798 with her convict husband Edward Wills, to the tragic decline and suicide of her grandson, the sublimely gifted sportsman Tom Wills, the project will bring a new perspective to these early years of colonial settlement.
- Jenny Hocking’s paper on Gough Whitlam’s notion of ‘the public’ was published this month in Anna Yeatman (ed) Reclaiming the Public, Working Papers in the ... Read more
- On July 11, the centenary of Gough Whitlam’s birth, the guide to archives of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was launched by the Hon. John Faulkner ... Read more
- Jenny Hocking and Nell Reidy’s article, ‘Marngrook, Tom Wills and the Continuing Denial of Indigenous History’, published in Meanjin, has been featured in The Monthly’s ‘Shortlist Daily ... Read more