Past NCB events

28
Nov
2017

Related Histories: Studying the Family

In 2015 Graeme Davison observed that family history had emerged from the world of the ‘private hobby’ and, taking on new understandings of genealogy, memory...
26
Oct
2017

Karen Fox: Fame, Reputation, Significance, and Biography

Reputations – and historians’ assessments of the significance of a life – may change over time, and can be the subject of intense conflict, as demonstrated by...
16
Oct
2017

Indigenous Lives and the Australian Dictionary of Biography

It has been more that 50 years since the first volume of the Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB) was published. Over that time the ADB has consolidated...
28
Sep
2017

Katherine Aigner: Writing Uncomfortable Stories

Katherine Aigner, a PhD student in the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the ANU, will discuss 'How do you write uncomfortable stories?' Says...
17
Sep
2017

The Enigmatic Mr Deakin

The private papers of Australia’s second prime minister reveal a solitary, religious character who found distasteful much of the business of politics, with its...
31
Aug
2017

Peter Rees: Charles Bean and Len Waters

Peter Rees published his biography of Charles Bean in 2015 (Bearing Witness, Allen & Unwin, 2015), a study which, for the first time, captured the essence...
27
Jul
2017

Peter Monteath: Red Professor: The Cold War Life of Frederick Rose

Peter Monteath discusses his book Red Professor (Wakefield Press, 2015) a portrait of the life of the anthropologist, communist, and spy Fred Rose, which he co...
29
Jun
2017

Nick Brodie: Telling Big History

Nick Brodie discusses making methodological history accessible to a broad public audience – especially by using people to revise master narratives, rather than...
25
May
2017

Garry Sturgess talks to Barry Jones

Garry Sturgess and Barry Jones discuss Garry’s film about Barry and the use of film and oral history in political biography.
27
Apr
2017

John Murphy on Evatt: A Life

Professor John Murphy will discuss his recent book Evatt: A Life (NewSouth Publishing, 2016), a biography of the significant Australian parliamentarian and...

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