Professor Emerita Marian Quartly

Marian Quartly is Professor Emerita of Australian history in the Monash School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies. 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.

A major project has been her 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.

Most recently she has completed a history of the National Council of Women of Australia, written with Adjunct Professor Judith Smart.  To sample this research see the online exhibition of the lives of NCWA presidents, Stirrers with Style. The monograph Respectable Radicals: A History of the National Council of Women of Australia 1896-2006 is now available from Monash University Publishing, and all good bookstores.

  • In her speech launching Respectable Radicals: A History of the National Council of Women of Australia, 1896-2006, Marilyn Lake hailed the book as ‘a landmark work in the history of feminism in this country that also transforms our understanding of Australian history, politics and society more broadly’, one that ‘achieves that difficult balance necessary to ... Read more