Australian Journal of Biography and History

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

Melissa Fagan at Brisbane Square Library

February 2nd, 2019
Brisbane Square Library is hosting an event with Melissa Fagan, Sunday 10 February 11am-12noon as she discusses her book, What Will Be worn: A McWhirters Story, about the iconic department store in Fortitude Valley. For all who know Brisbane, McWhirters, a once celebrated department store in Fortitude Valley, is an icon. For Melissa Fagan, it is […] Read more

Self-Service Digitisation Trial at National Archives

February 2nd, 2019
The Queensland Office of the National Archives is testing the feasibility of allowing self-service digitisation of selected records by the public in a controlled reading room environment. The service being trialled in the Queensland Reading Room only, until 30 April 2019. A flyer with details of the service can be found here. Read more

Timothy Roberts’ new publication on Rose Blakemore

February 2nd, 2019
Timothy Roberts is an art historian specialising in Australian art heritage before 1945. Tim has recently consolidated three years of research in a new paper “Portrait of an artist: rediscovering Rose Blakemore, published in the February 2019 edition of Australiana. The test expands upon a presentation Tim made to the Queensland Women’s Historical Association in 2016, […] Read more

The History Behind the Horseshoe

February 2nd, 2019
Author and historian, Peter Ludlow, will be presenting to the newly formed Redlands branch of the National Trust an updated presentation of his recent work The History Behind the Horseshoe (2019). Peter will highlight Peel Island’s history including pre-European occupation, its use by Europeans as a quarantine station, inebriate home, and lazaret (leprosarium), and in […] Read more

Australian Journal of Biography and History

February 2nd, 2019
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 […] Read more