Australian Journal of Biography and History
The Australian Journal of Biography and History is an initiative of the National Centre of Biography (NCB) in the Research School of Social Sciences at The Australian National University. The journal seeks to promote the study of biography in Australia.
Articles that appear in the journal are lively, engaging and provocative, and are intended to appeal to the current popular and scholarly interest in biography, memoir and autobiography. They recount interesting and telling life stories and engage critically with issues and problems in historiography and life writing. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles on Australian historical biography, including biographical studies, studies relating to theory and methodology, and the associated genres of autobiography, life writing, memoir, collective biography and prosopography.
Latest news and events
Deadly Threads: Where did you get that shirt?
July 19th, 2021
The State Library of Queensland’s Deadly Threads displays over 190 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designed singlets, t-shirts, polo shirts, and jerseys born from protests in the 1970s and evolving as permanent mainstays in wardrobes across Australia. On today till 10 October 2021 from 10am-5pm. Learn more. Read more
Writing Family History
July 10th, 2021
Dr Naomi Parry, historian and lecturer in Humanities at UTAS, teaches a course called “Writing Family History”. In this interview she shares her top tips for capturing the good, the bad, and the ugly, in a way that everyone will want to read your family history. Listen to the interview. Read more
Subaltern Officers of Moreton Bay
June 23rd, 2021
The Queensland State Archives in conjunction with Griffith University’s Harry Gentle Resource Centre presented a seminar on 10 June 2021, with Visiting Fellow, Rod Pratt, discussing his research on the junior officers who served at Moreton Bay, and whose roles have been mostly eclipsed by their better known commanding officers. Listen here. Read more
Domestic ‘forts’ in frontier wars
May 31st, 2021
Heather Burke, Ray Kerkhove, Lynley Wallis, Bryce Barker & Cathy Keys, ‘Nervous Nation: fear, conflict and narratives of fortified domestic architecture on the Queensland frontier,’ Aboriginal History Vol. 40 (2020), pp.22-52. Colonists’ fear of retaliation by the Aboriginal peoples whose traditional lands they had forcibly dispossessed manifested itself in domestic defensive strategies across Queensland. This […] Read more
HGRC QSA seminar 10 June 2021
May 29th, 2021
“In support of the Commandants: subaltern officers of the Moreton Bay settlement, 1824-1850”. Hear Griffith University Visiting Fellow, Rod Pratt, discuss his research on the junior officers who served at Moreton Bay and whose roles have been mostly eclipsed by their better known commanding officers. The seminar will run from 12.30 to 1.30 pm on […] Read more