Hilary L. Rubinstein

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Hilary L. Rubinstein (born 1946) is an Australian historian and author. She researches and writes on British naval history and modern Jewish history. [1] [2]



She graduated with a BA(Hons) in economics, history and politics at Keele University in England, having spent a year on an exchange scholarship at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, and subsequently gained a master's degree in librarianship from Simmons College, Massachusetts and a PhD in history for her thesis titled 'King Campbell: The public career of the Marquess of Argyll (1607?-1661)' from the Australian National University. [3]

A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, she spent two years (1991–93) as a research fellow in history at the University of Melbourne and from 2013-15 was an adjunct research fellow at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University. She is an editor of the Australian Jewish Historical Society Journal. [4] She appeared in Bitter Herbs and Honey, directed by Monique Schwarz, a nostalgic look at Jewish settlement in the inner Melbourne suburb of Carlton. [5] She was Australian correspondent for the American Jewish Committee's American Jewish Year Book from 1992 to 1996 inclusive. [6] In 2018 she took over from Suzanne Rutland as Australian representative on the editorial board of the Jewish Women's Archive's Shalvi/HymanEncyclopedia of Jewish Women project. [7]

She has contributed entries to both the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) and the Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB). From 2007-2010 she served on the Council of the Navy Records Society, [8] for which she more recently edited the papers of Admiral Sir Philip Durham. Her latest book, a study of the sinking of HMS Royal George in 1782, has been described as "surely the definitive account of the sinking of the Royal George". [9] An aspect of it was featured on the popular History Hit website. [10]

On 26 January 2021, Rubinstein was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for 'service to community history through a range of roles'. [11]

Selected works

British history

Jewish history

Australian history

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