Professor Emerita Marian Quartly

  • Marian Quartly is Professor Emerita of Australian history in the Monash School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies. She has recently completed work with a team of scholars on a four-year ARC funded project investigating the history of adoption in Australia. The book the Market in Babies: Stories of Australian Adoption was published in November 2013 by Monash University Publishing. Here are the book’s Table of Contents and its Introduction, and you can read reviews of the book here.

    Her research has ranged across nineteenth century and twentieth century Australia, covering the history of nationalism, the family, religion, and the construction of male and female sexualities. Currently she is completing a history of the National Council of Women of Australia, written with Adjunct Professor Judith Smart.  A foretaste of their research can be found in the online exhibition of the lives of NCWA presidents, Stirrers with Style.

  • Researchers frustrated by the absence of the Age newspaper from Trove’s marvellous collection may be interested to know that scanned copies of the entire run of the paper up to 1989 are now available on Google News. Searching by subject matter is possible though somewhat clunky from the home page at , and it is ... Read more
  • A review by Kay Quartly on her blog What Book to Read? can be read here. Thomas Graham reviewed the book in the Australian Journal of Adoption;  read the review here. Read more
  • We have learned from the history of adoption that the question of where babies comes from does matter when babies grow up and want to know about the mother who gave birth to them. Equally, for adopting parents the question of the origins of their child can become an urgent issue when the conflicts of ... Read more
  • Experts now think that adoptions that are legal under Australian law may be illegal under international law. What will this do to Tony Abbott’s promise to speed up intercountry adoption? Back in 2005, a parliamentary committee chaired by Bronwyn Bishop brought in a set of recommendations intended by Ms. Bishop to make adoption from overseas faster ... Read more
  • Just before Christmas Tony Abbott announced the formation of a taskforce to report in March on immediate steps “to make intercountry adoption easier and faster for Australian couples”. But is faster, easier adoption better adoption?  Intercountry adoption into Australia is a highly regulated and lengthy process. The federal attorney general has the job of making sure that ... Read more