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August 2016: Catherine Bishop was awarded the Australian Women’s History Network’s Mary Bennett Prize for best gender history article by an early career researcher for 2014–2015 for her article titled ‘When Your Money Is Not Your Own: Coverture and Married Women In Business in Colonial New South Wales’ which is published in Law and History Review 33.01 (2015): 181-200.

July 2016: Dr Hannah Forsyth was awarded the 2016 Deen De Bortoli Award for Applied History for her essay ‘Dreaming of Higher Education‘. Hannah’s essay was remarked by the judges to be a passionate political plea to those who work in the tertiary sector to take seriously the issue of social inclusion, read more here.

July 2016: Catherine Bishop was awarded a Australian Research Theology Foundation award for her project Annie Lock, Missionary to Aborigines.

April 2016: Australian of the Year, General David Morrison, launched Defending Country: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Military Service since 1945, written by Noah Riseman and Richard Trembath and published by UQ Press.

April 2016: Noah Riseman's monograph In Defence of Country: Life Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Servicemen and Women was published by ANU Press.

December 2015: Hannah Forsyth’s Conversation article ‘Group of Eight’s change of tack smacks of self-interest’ was selected for publication in the yearbook and appeared in John Watson (ed.) Politics, Policy & the Chance of Change Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

December 2015: Catherine Bishop was awarded a New Zealand History Trust Award for her project Colonial Businesswomen in New Zealand.

December 2015: Noah Riseman was awarded an ARC Discovery grant. The new project, entitled Serving in Silence? Australian LGBTI Military Service since 1945, will examine the histories of Australian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) servicemen and women from the end of the Second World War until the present.

December 2015: Chris Matthew published his fifth book, An Invincible Beast: Understanding the Hellenistic Pike-Phalanx at War, with Pen and Sword Books.

November 2015: Melissa Bellanta’s article ‘His Two Mates Around Him Were Crying: Masculine Sentimentality in Late-Victorian Culture’ was published in the Journal of Victorian Culture, 20.2:471-90.

November 2015: Catherine Bishop was awarded the 2016 NSW State Library Australian Religious History Fellowship for her project writing a biography of Australian female missionary, Annie Lock.

October 2015: Catherine Bishop’s first book, Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney, was published by NewSouth and launched at Gleebooks by Kristina Keneally.

September 2015: Shurlee Swain and Melissa Bellanta both have chapters published in Children, Childhood and Youth in the British World, edited by Shirleene Robinson and Simon Sleight and published by Palgrave Macmillan.

August 2015: John Foot’s book The Man Who Closed the Asylums. Franco Basaglia and the Revolution in Mental Health was published in English by Verso.

May 2015: Catherine Bishop was awarded a City of Sydney History Publishing Award.

May 2015: Noah Riseman and Catherine Bishop were awarded Australian Academy of the Humanities Publishing Subsidies. Along with Fiona Davis, they also received Australian Academy of Humanities Travelling Fellowships.

October 2014: Hannah Forsyth’s first book, A History of the Modern Australian University was published by NewSouth and launched at Gleebooks by John Dawkins.

June 2014: ACU welcomed Dr Fiona Davis as a postdoctoral fellow with the Historical Studies Research Concentration. Dr Davis is the author of Australian Settler Colonialism and the Cummeragunja Aboriginal Station: Redrawing Boundaries, published by Sussex Academic Press in 2014.

January 2014: The Historical Studies Research Concentration was launched, supported by funding from ACU. As Professor Shurlee Swain noted, 'Historical research at ACU has long had an impact on public debate and scholarship, and that impact is now set to increase.


  • Noah Riseman and Catherine Bishop organised a successful two-day conference held at ACU Melbourne campus in June 2015 as part of the ARC-funded project 'Our Mob Served'. Speakers from around the world, including postgraduate students as well as seasoned professors, gathered to discuss 'Brothers and Sisters in Arms: Indigenous Military Service'.Key note speakers included, Professor Emeritus Tom Holm (University of Arizona) and Dr Teresia Teaiwa (Victoria University of Wellington) and they provided much animated and fruitful conversation.
  • Professor John Foot's second History of Psychiatry workshop took place at the end of June in Sydney, providing another stimulating opening day before the annual Australasian Medical History Conference. He also gave a plenary address at the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies biennial conference.
  • ACU historians have been speaking at numerous conferences this year, including the annual Australian Historical Association conference in Sydney, the Australian European Historians Association conference in Newcastle, the Association for the Study of Australian Literature Convention in Wollongong and the Society for the History of Childhood and Youth conference in Vancouver, Canada.
  • Professor Shurlee Swain was invited to the Boundary Breaking: International Research Colloquium and Scoping Conversation Discerning the Consequences and Implications of the Clerical Sexual Abuse Crisis within the Roman Catholic Churchat Durham University and gave the keynote address at the Australian Religious History Conference.
  • Dr Chris Matthew presented a public lecture in Melbourne at the Greek Cultural Centre.
  • Dr Melissa Bellanta presented the Trever Reese Memorial Lecture for 2014 at the Menzies Centre, King's College, London on 6 November 2014. Her lecture was entitled: 'Tender Feeling in a Hard Man's Country: On Sentimentality in Australian Culture'.
  • Also in November 2014, Dr Noah Riseman also presented at the Menzies Centre on the topic of 'Indigenous People and the Armed Forces.'
  • Dr Hannah Forsyth's book, The History of the Modern University was launched to great acclaim by John Dawkins in October 2014.
  • John Foot convened the first workshop in a series of two, Psychiatric History and the History of Psychiatry. 1st International Research Workshop. ACU North Sydney 29 June 2014. This successful one-day workshop presented a series of papers around the theme of psychiatric history and the history of psychiatry. Papers looked at the value of official psychiatric documents for historians, the history of the movement for the reform of asylums in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s and the de-institutionalisation and anti-psychiatry. Papers also considered the way music represented mental illness in the post-war period in Italy, and the links between motherhood, madness and migration.