Journal of Australian Studies

This quarterly journal publishes scholarly articles on Australian culture, society, history and literature.

Articles from September

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DUGGAN, John Edmund Shop assistant. B. 30 Dec 1910 Port Augusta, SA; s. of John Stephen, store manager, Berri, SA, and Charlotte Mathieson; m. 26 Dec 1935 Beatrice Mary Dunne; 1s. 1d.; D. 19 June 1993; Toowoomba; RC. Ed. Maree and Hoyleton primary...
`By Chance and Divine Intervention': D B Waterson's Contibution to Federation Studies
When the commissioning editor of the Bulletin set about selecting the authors of their central commemorative feature on Federation, no better choice could have been made than Duncan Waterson. I do acknowledge the co-authorship of Paul Ashton, Director...
Duncan Bruce Waterson: Select Bibliography
Books Squatter, Selector and Storekeeper: A History of the Darling Downs, 1859-93, Sydney, Sydney University Press, 1968. A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, Canberra, Australian National University Press, 1972. ...
Duncan Waterson: A Lapidary Historian
It is a consolation in the historian's profession that, confronted by pomposity, stupidity, or abuse of power in high places, we know that we shall have the last word. As Nikita Khrushchev observed in another context: `We shall bury you'. But although...
Duncan Waterson and Macquarie University
It is a pleasure to be here in the old Blackfriars school site. These splendid buildings represent an important moment in New South Wales educational history, as the site of the early kindergarten training and practising school, and later the Correspondence...
Duncan Waterson: Public Historian
In 1995, while driving back from a meeting, a senior academic colleague innocently remarked to me that this `public history thing' seemed to be taking off. He was bold enough to speculate that it might even develop into a minor field of academic study....
Flights from Modernity: German and Australian Utopian Colonies in Paraguay 1886-1896
1. Modernity and agrarianism Founding fathers Apart from being utopian colonies founded within a few years of each other in Paraguay, William Lane's New Australia and the Neuva Germania founded by Bernhard Forster and Elisabeth Forster-Nietzsche...
Interview with Duncan Waterson: Conducted 13 July 2001, Macquarie University
DM: Please tell me about your intellectual formation. DW: I was taught English, History, Biology and Geography by a series of dedicated and alive teachers at Matamata College, a rather autonomous (in terms of staff selection and retention) state...
Introduction
This special issue is based on the papers that were presented at the festschrift to mark the retirement of Professor Duncan Waterson from the chair of Modern History at Macquarie University. The festschrift was held at the Blackfriars campus of the...
My Adventures in Queensland History
This is a story of an adventure that began as adventures often do, on a slowly-moving train somewhere in Queensland in 1946. The train was in fact moving so slowly that my father was able to leap out break a piece off the giant sensitive plant growing...
Queensland Political Personalities
I first encountered the name, Duncan Waterson, when I commenced work at Queensland State Archives in May 1976. It was in two ways. First, he sent in a query about the location of the polling booth at the Irvingdale station on the Darling Downs in the...
The Battle of Melbourne: The Rise and Fall of the Star
It is often remarked that newspaper ownership in Australia became increasingly concentrated during the inter-war years. R B Walker has calculated that in 1923 Australia had twenty-six metropolitan daily newspapers published by twenty-one separate proprietaries;...
The Brisbane Line: An Episode in Capital History
The Dominant Views of the Brisbane Line The Brisbane Line remains one of the enigmas of Australian History. It is seen either as a military plan drawn up in 1908 to defend Australia from a possible Japanese invasion, or in terms of the unfounded...
The Left Book Club in Australia: Achieving Reform and Change through Reading and Its Attempted Suppression
In the 1930s there were two publishing phenomena in England. Although only one was lasting, both had a significant influence. One was Penguin Books, the other the Left Book Club. Founded within a year of each other, the two changed the way people...
The Making of a Queensland Politician: Jack Duggan's Life before Parliament 1910-1935
The Biographical Registers and Jack Duggan Professor Duncan Waterson has a long-term and on-going commitment to the study of Queensland politics -- an intellectual curiosity that is the more remarkable for one who was not born in Queensland and...
Voyeurs or Scholars? Biography's Role in Labour History
Does biography have a utility beyond its mere existence? It is clear that within a number of disciplines, biography is more than just `a sort of sophisticated entertainment, [a] bedside companion after the daily torments in the labouratory or at the...