Angela Woollacott

Angela Woollacott is the Manning Clark Professor of History at The Australian National University. She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Academy of Humanities, and a former president of the Australian Historical Association. Her most recent book, Settler Society in the Australian Colonies: Self-Government and Imperial Culture (2015), was shortlisted for the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards—University of Southern Queensland History Book Award. Her biography Don Dunstan: The Visionary Politician who Changed Australia, which has been supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery grant, will be published by Allen & Unwin in August 2019.

Everyday Revolutions »

Remaking Gender, Sexuality and Culture in 1970s Australia

The 1970s was a decade when matters previously considered private and personal became public and political. These shifts not only transformed Australian politics, they engendered far-reaching cultural and social changes. Feminists challenged ‘man-made’ norms and sought to recover lost histories of female achievement and cultural endeavour. They made films, picked up spanners and established printing presses. The notion that ‘the personal was political’ began to transform long-held ideas about masculinity and femininity, both in public and private life. In the spaces between official discourses and everyday experience, many sought to revolutionise the lives of Australian men and women. Everyday Revolutions brings together new research on the cultural and social impact of the feminist and sexual revolutions of the 1970s in Australia. Gay Liberation and Women’s Liberation movements erupted, challenging almost every aspect of Australian life. The pill became widely available and sexuality was both celebrated and flaunted. Campaigns to decriminalise abortion and homosexuality emerged across the country. Activists set up women’s refuges, rape crisis centres and counselling services. Governments responded to new demands for representation and rights, appointing women’s advisors and funding new services. Everyday Revolutions is unique in its focus not on the activist or legislative achievements of the women’s and gay and lesbian movements, but on their cultural and social dimensions. It is a diverse and rich collection of essays that reminds us that women’s and gay liberation were revolutionary movements.

Transnational Ties »

Australian Lives in the World

Edited by: Desley Deacon, Penny Russell, Angela Woollacott
Australian lives are intricately enmeshed with the world, bound by ties of allegiance and affinity, intellect and imagination. In Transnational Ties: Australian Lives in the World, an eclectic mix of scholars—historians, literary critics, and museologists—trace the flow of people that helped shape Australia’s distinctive character and the flow of ideas that connected Australians to a global community of thought. It shows how biography, and the study of life stories, can contribute greatly to our understanding of such patterns of connection and explores how transnationalism can test biography’s limits as an intellectual, professional and commercial practice.