Bibliography of Australian history

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This is a bibliography of selected publications on the history of Australia.

The history of Australia is the history of the area and people of the Commonwealth of Australia with its preceding Indigenous and colonial societies. Aboriginal Australians arrived on the Australian mainland by sea from Maritime Southeast Asia between 40,000 and 70,000 years ago. The artistic, musical and spiritual traditions they established are among the longest surviving such traditions in human history .


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John Hirst (historian) Australian historian

John Bradley Hirst, was an Australian historian and social commentator. He taught at La Trobe University from 1968 until his retirement in 2006, and also served on the boards of Film Australia and the National Museum of Australia. He has been described as an "historian, public intellectual, and active citizen".

Stuart Forbes Macintyre is an Australian historian, and a former Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. He has been voted one of Australia's most influential historians.

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Robert Studley Forrest Hughes AO was an Australian-born art critic, writer, and producer of television documentaries. His best seller The Fatal Shore (1986) is a study of the British penal colonies and early history of Australia. He was described in 1997 by Robert Boynton of The New York Times as "the most famous art critic in the world."

Frank Welsh is a historian, novelist and former international banker.

Specialty studies

Australian nationalism

Australian nationalism asserts that the Australians are a nation and promotes the national and cultural unity of Australia. Australian nationalism has a history dating back to the late 19th century as Australia gradually developed a distinct culture and identity from that of Britain, beginning to view itself as a unique and separate entity and not simply an extension or a derivation of British culture and identity.

Recent political history (since 1939)

Diplomacy and military

Jeffrey Grey Australian military historian

Jeffrey Guy Grey was an Australian military historian. He wrote two volumes of The Official History of Australia's Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts 1948–1975, and several other high-profile works on Australia's military history. He was the first non-American to become the president of the Society for Military History, but is perhaps best known as the author of A Military History of Australia.

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Second World War


  • Hasluck, Paul The Government and the People, 1939–41 (1965) online vol 1; The Government and the People, 1942–45 (1970) online vol 2
  • Blum, Timothy. "Profits Over Patriotism: Black Market Crime in World War II Sydney." (2011). online
  • Butlin, S.J. War Economy, 1939–42 (1955) online
  • Butlin, S.J. and C.B. Schedvin, War Economy 1942–1945, (1977) online
  • Darian-Smith, Kate. On the Home Front: Melbourne in Wartime, 1939–1945. Australia: Oxford UP, 1990.
  • Fort, Carol. "Regulating the labour market in Australia's wartime democracy." Australian Historical Studies 34.122 (2003): 213–230.
  • Goot, Murray. "Labor's 1943 landslide: Political market research, Evatt, and the public opinion polls." Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History 107 (2014): 149–166. in JSTOR
  • McKernan, Michael. Australia During the Second World War: All In! (Nelson, 1983).
  • Mellor, D.P. The Role of Science and Industry (1958) online
  • Saunders, Kay. War on the Homefront: State Intervention in Queensland, 1938–1948 (1993)
  • Saunders, Kay. "The dark shadow of white Australia: racial anxieties in Australia in World War II." Ethnic and Racial Studies 17#2 (1994): 325–341.
  • Saunders, Kay. "‘The stranger in our gates’: Internment policies in the United Kingdom and Australia during the two world wars, 1914–39." Immigrants & Minorities 22#1 (2003): 22–43.
  • Spear, Jonathan A. "Embedded: the Australian Red Cross in the Second World War." (2007). online
  • Willis, Ian C. "The women's voluntary services, a study of war and volunteering in Camden, 1939–1945." (2004). online

Economics, business and labour


Environment and geography


Primary sources

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