ANU History students, Eleanor Foster and Freya Willis, who received the Eric Fry Encouragement Grants will speak about their research work and materials used in the Noel Butlin Archives Centre (NBAC) in The Friends of the Noel Butlin Archives Centre Inc. panel session in conjunction with FNBAC AGM on 7 December 2021.
Eleanor Foster is a history honours student who is interested in and has published articles on social reform movements, museums and public culture. Eleanor will discuss her honours thesis research titled Objects in Circulation: Encounters, Exchanges, and Engagements with Aboriginal Material Culture in the Hunter Valley, 1826-1839 and how the Australian Agricultural Company records at the NBAC enabled her to analyse the ways in which Aboriginal people were brought into – and excluded from – new colonial economies.
Freya Willis’ 2019 award-winning honours thesis was on female unionists’ campaigns for equal pay and social welfare, and their challenge to sexual division of labour in 1970s Australia. Freya’s talk will be informed by her honours research on ‘The changing patterns of women’s participation in trade unions in 1970s Australia,’ and particularly her experience using the Australian Council of Trade Union records held at the NBAC. Freya is now a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.