Journal of Australian Studies

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

Articles from January

Aboriginal House Names and Settler Australian Identity. (Representing Identities)
During his time as a federal politician and prime minister, Alfred Deakin divided his time between his city residence in Toorak and his holiday retreat at Point Lonsdale. His family had acquired several acres of land on the Bellarine peninsula in...
Alchemy, Real Estate and the Culture of Conservation in Byron Bay. (Visualising Place and Space)
The scientific and industrial revolutions marked a radical shift in how we describe the universe and operate within it. The shift has been revolutionary not in the speed with which changes have taken place but in their continuing influence on our...
`Botanising on the Asphalt': Australian Modernity and the Street Poetics of Kenneth Slessor. (Framing Stories and Poetry)
`The city is a poem', writes Roland Barthes, `but it is not a classical poem, a poem tidily centred on a subject. It is a poem which unfolds the signifier and it is this unfolding that ultimately the semiology of the city should try to grasp and...
Clearing Ground for the New Arcadia: Utopia, Labour and Environment in 1890s Australia. (Defining Borders and the Land)
`Australia ... is a land, which, with very little effort on the part of man, can be made as it were to flow with milk and honey.' William Strutt As twenty-first century Australians, we are used to images of drought and desert out in the middle...
`Fuck All Editors': The Ern Malley Affair and Gwen Harwood's Bulletin Scandal. (Framing Stories and Poetry)
Until the 1990s and Helen Demidenko, there have been only been two Australian literary hoaxes. The first was the Ern Malley Hoax; the second Gwen Harwood's Bulletin scandal. James McAuley and Harold Stewart were the two poets behind the creation...
History, Memory and the Stranger in the Practice of Detention in Australia. (Defining Borders and the Land)
Australia has practised mandatory detention of all people who arrive without travel documents for the last ten years. The detention of persons who have arrived in a country without documentation and who are thereby deemed to be unauthorised or illegal...
Imaging Colonial Greenough. (Visualising Place and Space)
Anyone who visits the Greenough Flats and its historic hamlet may be forgiven for thinking that they have stepped into the pages of a Gothic novel. Deserted stone buildings stand amongst fields of wheat and lupins, birds nest in the eaves of the...
Internalised Racism and the Work of Chinese Australian Artists: Making Visible the Invisible World of William Yang. (Representing Identities)
It is only since 1997--a historic year in Australian politics--that I have been truly aware, and consequently proud of, my own Chineseness. At the time, Pauline Hanson and One Nation were reminding Australians that those of us not of European descent...
In the Vernacular: On the Architecture of the National Museum of Australia. (Visualising Place and Space)
The recently completed National Museum of Australia (NMA) in Canberra, designed by architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall, has polarised the architectural community in Australia. While much of the critical comment centres on its apparent contravention...
Jumping the Queue: New Talents 2002.(brief Article)
Gabriella T Espak is a PhD candidate at the University of Debrecen, Hungary where she is an instructor in Australian and American history and literature. As an Australian-European Awards Program awardee, she spent a year doing research in Australian...
Lacking the Will to Power? Australian Anti-Communists 1917-1935. (Politics and Economics)
Anti-communism profoundly affected Australia in the early twentieth century. It shaped Australia's foreign, domestic policing and immigration policies but remains understudied and misunderstood. While its impact during the cold war is widely recognised,...
Looking for New Opportunities: Sang Ye and the Discourse of Multiculturalism. (Representing Identities)
I don't care what happens, I'm not going back, and no one in Australia can do anything to make me. Just try me: you can boil me in oil, cook me in soy sauce, pop me in a steamer, whatever you've got a taste for. Call me a slut if you like. Doesn't...
Myths and Markets: Australian Culture and Economic Doctrine. (Politics and Economics)
Among contemporary politicians Australia's cultural mythologies provide fertile ground for the propagation of economic policies. Politicians of both major political panics have been keen to align themselves with recognisably Australian cultural...
`Our Travellers' out There on the Road: Lonely Planet and Its Readers, 1973-1981. (Visualising Place and Space)
Tourism has become one of the largest industries in the western world, and one of the most recognised images within this industry is the logo of the Australian-born Lonely Planet guides. (1) Just as Karl Baedeker's guides became an icon of nineteenth...
Pulped Fiction: Broometime and the Ethics of Oral History. (Framing Stories and Poetry)
The publication of Broometime in March 2001 triggered a heated debate in the Australian media about issues of confidentiality, privacy and the rights of authors to publish observations or conversations of a personal nature. (1) The authors, Anne...
Reading Oral Histories from the Pastoral Frontier: A Critical Revision. (Defining Borders and the Land)
Before Ann McGrath's Born in the Cattle (1987), (1) discussion of the Aboriginal situation in the cattle industry focused on `how badly Aboriginal labour was treated by white pastoralists'. The first major publication on the topic was Frank Stevens'...
Reclaiming the Game: Fandom, Community and Globalisation. (Everyday Life).(South Sydney Rugby League Football Club, Australia)(s)
Just after 10am on 6 July 2001, I received an email from a South Sydney rugby league football club supporter advising that the club had won the support of the Australian Federal Court in pressing for re-admission to the competition from which it...
Sustained and Growing Underemployment in Australia and Canada: The Truth Behind Government Employment Figures. (Politics and Economics).(Statistical Data Included)
`[M]inimum wage is just your boss's way of telling you that if he could pay you less, he would!' Chris Rock, Saturday Night Live. `The hopelessness of the poor has become ordinary.' William DiFazio, Post Work. This article attempts to...
The Flapper in the Heterosexual Scene. (Representing Identities)
If it's naughty to rouge your lips, shake your shoulders, shake your hips let a lady confess I wanna be bad. This thing of being a good little girl is all very well But what can you do when you're loaded with plenty of hell? (1) ...
The Home Front: Hostess, Housewife and Home in Olympic Melbourne, 1956. (Everyday Life)
My Olympics begins with the tall, dark figure of Mrs John Murphy, who is preparing her Victorian terrace in Grey Street, East Melbourne for the many informal parties she expects to host there during the 1956 Games. She wipes clean her china in the...
The Universal Autobiographer: The Politics of Normative Readings. (Framing Stories and Poetry)
In Australia, autobiographies `seem to be published more than ever'. (1) Hilary McPhee argues that 'life-writing is now a profitable enterprise for publishers. The readership is growing all the time. First person narratives ... sell much better...
Thinking about White Weddings. (Everyday Life)
This article aims to conceptualise how girls, brides-to-be and others interested in the bride and the wedding are invited--through what is commonly referred to in cultural studies as the practise of the everyday--to consume, produce and reproduce...
Towards a Further Redescription of the Australian Pastoral Frontier. (Defining Borders and the Land)
This article proposes a reading of Aboriginal agency on the Australian pastoral frontier that departs from some of the conventional interpretative patterns. (1) It simultaneously constitutes a reinterpretation of the secondary sources published...
Translated Spaces/translated Identities: The Production of Place, Culture and Memory in an Australian Suburb. (Visualising Place and Space)
There is a story that is passed around the many historical societies in the inner south-west region of Sydney. It was recounted for me one evening by a member of the Canterbury Historical Society. The story condenses ideas of memory, place and history...
`Young Asians in Our Homes': Colombo Plan Students and White Australia. (Representing Identities)
`We need to understand and be understood by the countries of South and South-East', said Richard Casey, Australia's Minister for External Affairs, while addressing the Australian Institute of International Affairs on 25 September 1952. One of the...