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Does the age of human settlement in Victoria rival that of Lake Mungo?

February 21, 2014

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While many Australians were heading to the beach during the mid-January heatwave, La Trobe archaeologist Dr Jillian Garvey was undertaking an archaeological dig west of Mildura in outback Victoria. The dig is part of a six-year project led by Dr Garvey at Ned’s Corner Station and in the Murray-Sunset National Park close to the South […]

Centenary book: stories from a hundred war memorials

February 20, 2014

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There are more than 12,000 war memorials across the length and breadth of Australia – and La Trobe University photojournalists are documenting stories about 100 of these, from cities to outback towns, in every state and territory. The ambitious project is for a book to be published around Remembrance Day, as part of this year’s […]

Eureka to the Great War: women at historic turning points

December 3, 2013

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Hear the phrase ‘Eureka Stockade’ and chances are you’ll think of burly male miners confronting the local constabulary. But this leaves out half of the participants on the miners’ side of the fence: the women. It’s the story of these women  that is told in a new book by La Trobe historian Clare Wright, The […]

New future for historic Greek migration archive

October 3, 2013

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La Trobe University’s recently announced three-year Greek Archives project was inspected in September by a high-level delegation when the Greek Ambassador to Australia, Mr Haris Dafaranos and Consul-General for Victoria, Mrs Eleni Lianidou, visited the Melbourne campus. Also taking part were the Greek Consul for Education Mr Vasileios Gkogas, three Greek community members of the […]

La Trobe scholar wins NSW Premier’s History Prize

September 13, 2013

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La Trobe University historian and author Dr Janet Butler has won this year’s NSW Premier’s Australian History Prize for her book Kitty’s War, based on the diaries of World War One army nurse, Sister Kit McNaughton. The $15,000 award, one of Australia’s top history prizes, was announced last night. The judges described Dr Butler’s work […]

Archives to preserve 130 years of the Greek Diaspora

August 23, 2013

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La Trobe University has begun the massive job of listing and assessing a valuable collection of Greek archives which captures the life, culture and history of the Greek Diaspora in Australasia, Oceania and South America over the last 100 years. The archives, donated by the Greek-Australia community over the years, are in 5,500 boxes containing more […]

Aboriginal writer challenges Maralinga ‘whitewash’

May 28, 2013

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West Australian Nyungar Aboriginal elder Dulcie Donaldson is finalising a book that reopens an extremely contentious part of our history – the fate of Indigenous people who in the 1950s lived on the nuclear weapons test range of Maralinga in South Australia. Ms Donaldson recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing […]