My research interests include histories of youth, gender, welfare, education and disability. I have a keen interest in digital history and all things web.
My dissertation is titled "Help Us/Help Them: How Australian parents understood the problem of mental retardation, and what they did about it, 1945-1970."
In 2013 I founded Consulting Historian Pty Ltd. We have some brands, and provide a range of historical and heritage consultany services.
It’s that time of year again. Abstract time. This year I’m (hoping) to go the Australian Historical Association Conference, conveniently being held at Sydney University, and the Australian and New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine Conference, being held the following week at ACU North Sydney.
This is what I’ve submitted:
From the Medical to the Social: “Rejected Volunteers,” Disablement, and Voluntarism during Australia’s Great War
During the Great War, the systematic medical inspection of civilians created a hitherto unimagined problem: a large proportion of young Australian men were unfit. Inspectors revealed a suite of problems such as poor vision, irregular heartbeats, poor lung capacity and varicocele. Many of the volunteers didn’t even know they were unfit until they’d been inspected. Read more…
Mr. George Hudson was a fitter without welding experience when he lost an arm in a motor accident. Training in welding was arranged by the Railways Department and the rehabilitee returned to a higher graded position with Trade Union cooperation.
It’s been quite a lot of fun. We’ve shot the videos in 1080p using a Canon S100 compact camera mounted on a tripod, plus an old mic plugged into my laptop. I’ve cut them together using Windows Live Movie Maker. This is quite a good program for basic free editing, but it seems to lack many features that more sophisticated editors have (multiple audio tracks, etc). That feature would be especially useful given the constant ringing of the Carillion we are subjected to at the REGS offices. Read more…
This is shaping up to be a great event. The organisers have billed it as:
bring[ing] together history professionals and media practitioners to communicate our mutual interests and exchange ideas, skills and visions for the future. Presenters include media professionals from television production companies, broadcasting and funding agencies, historians, radio producers, journalists, editors and social media specialists.
I’m hosting a History Week event!
Is a picture really worth a thousand words? Help decide over a cocktail in an award-winning small bar at this unique event. See (and hear) historians Matthew Allen, Hannah Forsyth, Dave Earl and Nick Irving discuss the context and creation of some captivating historical images. In just ten minutes, the speakers will delve into the histories of four fascinating, but largely unexplored subjects: Norman Lindsay’s women, the Vietnam moratoriums, the role of alcohol in Australian society, and the creation of farm colonies for “subnormal” boys and men.