Professor Catharine Coleborne

Professor Catharine Coleborne

Head of School

School of Humanities and Social Science

Hearing voices from the margins

Viewing the past through the critical lens of the present, historian Professor Catharine Coleborne is finding traces of histories hidden by accepted narratives.

Professor Cathy Coleborne

An internationally-recognised historian of health and medicine, Catharine has an extensive portfolio of research, teaching, administration, and academic leadership.

By looking at the intersections of mental health, illness, trauma, mobility, gender, law, colonialism, families, and medical institutionalisation, Catharine has attracted worldwide attention.

“The continuous theme through my work has been a focus on people who live on the margins of society,” Catharine explains.

“Asking questions about marginal identity or people who need somehow to be made visible, has changed the way we look at stories from the past, to better understand our present.”

After 16 years at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, Catharine returned to Australia to take up a new appointment as Head of School in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle.

Acknowledging multiple narratives

With an outstanding record of research and scholarly activity, Catharine has published three sole-authored books, more than six edited collections, and a range of book chapters and refereed journal articles.

The bulk of her work until this point has focused on institutions in the context of historical psychiatric practices and the formation of colonial social identities.

“It is very complicated, to tell the story of institutions and psychiatry, because the lives of individuals were impacted by experiences in different ways,” Catharine notes.

“There are multiple narratives, and therefore, many individual stories.”

Catharine’s most recent book, Insanity, Identity and Empire (Manchester University Press, 2015), looks inside institutions in Australia and New Zealand during the end of the nineteenth, and start of the twentieth, centuries.

Catharine calls this work ‘a bookend’ as she is now refocusing to examine the lived experience of consumers, through the narratives of mental health service users in the twentieth century.

“I'm really shifting my attention to look at contemporary issues so that we can more accurately talk about mental illness.”

Madness in the twentieth century

Catharine notes that economic rationalism, and the wider introduction of psychotropic therapies lead to the push to close down institutions in favour of community care.

This trend began in the UK in the 1960s and rippled through other Western countries until the end of the twentieth century.

“Some people felt really sad at the closure of institutions because they found them places of care and respite, often in lovely settings in the countryside,” Catharine says.

“But other people found institutions to be very repressive, very dark, very violent places, where abuses occurred.”

“Both stories are true, and multiple stories need to be told.”

Talking with colleagues in the UK, Canada and New Zealand, and forming a broad research group to inform her work, Catharine has begun work on her next volume, in which she explores Narrating Madness in the Twentieth Century.

Catharine is also preparing a project in collaboration with Professor Brian Kelly and Professor Sally Chan, looking at the unique aspects of Newcastle’s mental health care, past and present.

Examining mobility

A recipient of a Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) Stipendiary Award from Lancaster University in 2015, Catharine is also investigating mobility and its regulation through social collusion and law.

“All through Australia's history, the mobility of Indigenous people has been regulated, the mobility of transient and poor people has been regulated. The mobility of refugees and migrants is still regulated, I could go on,” Catharine says.

“All mobility is not regulated uniformly. People who have private planes aren’t scrutinised or regulated the way people with no home are regulated, so it’s unwanted mobility, a fear of mobility, that interests me.”

Societal attitudes around people in motion fascinate Catharine, as does the movement of ideas and objects.

“Mobility is a sociological concept, a really flexible one. I like to think of the world as being highly mobile,” Catharine says.

“It allows us to examine all kinds of movement: the movement of objects, such as people collecting shells and feathers, photographs, postcards, the technology of passports, the books migrants carry.”

“Looking at the world through the lens of mobility is really exciting because you see different things.”

Global Newcastle

As a new resident of our city, Catharine brings an outsider’s perspective to the Global Newcastle Network, an umbrella for many projects aimed at making Newcastle’s history as a global city more visible, and accessible, to both the community and visitors.

In partnership with Newcastle City Council, Newcastle Region Library, and the UON Centre for 21st Century Humanities, the Global Newcastle Network seeks to activate the city’s rich heritage sources.

Digital, physical, and written resources, plus experiences designed to showcase living histories, will explore the city’s changing identity.

“Even though we might feel like Newcastle is a fixed place there has actually been a lot of movement,” Catharine says.

“Global Newcastle is actually the story of lots of people who have been moving through this city across many generations, as workers, as seafarers as migrants, as tourists, as students.”

Over the course of her career, many individuals and community groups working on historical projects have approached Catharine seeking help.

“Global Newcastle is also a way that I, and others in history here, could become helpful to communities wanting to preserve, write and catalogue histories,” she says.

Reading madness

Born in Armidale NSW, Catharine grew up in the coal mining area of the Latrobe Valley in Victoria, and having completed her undergraduate and masters qualifications at the University of Melbourne, graduated with her PhD, 'Reading Madness', on gender and nineteenth-century colonial institutional confinement for the mentally ill in Victoria, from La Trobe University, in 1998.

The following year, Catharine took up a post at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

During her sixteen years there, she performed a number of key academic, administration, and leadership roles including Chairperson, Department of History, and Associate Dean - Graduate and Postgraduate, while also maintaining her research.

Catharine has held the post of President of the Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society, was a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Panel (Humanities) for three years, and was a Specialist Adviser to New Zealand’s Tertiary Education Commission.

She also has vast experience in course design, digital delivery of content and team teaching.

Describing her students as ‘fantastic’ and ‘talented’, Catharine has supervised more than 40 pieces of postgraduate research, including doctorates, masters and honours dissertations to completion, and is currently supervising one student at UON.

In her new role with a new team at the UON, Catharine aims to make the School of Humanities and Social Sciences a destination of choice for postgraduates and researchers.

“Humanities and Social Sciences need to be present in the whole university – called upon to be part of research priority areas, invited to be part of external funding applications / bids and research collaborations, and blazing a trail in terms of relevant engagement with research."

Hearing voices from the margins

Professor Cathy Coleborne is an internationally recognised historian of health and medicine.

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Career Summary

Biography

Professor Coleborne is an internationally recognised historian of health and medicine with an extensive portfolio of research, teaching, administration and academic leadership. Her research and publishing in the histories of mental health, families, illness, colonial worlds and medical institutions, as well as in law and history has attracted world-wide attention.

Professor Coleborne completed her PhD, 'Reading Madness', on gender and nineteenth-century colonial institutional confinement for the mentally ill in Victoria, at La Trobe University, Melbourne, in 1998.

She has an outstanding record of research and scholarly activity, including three sole-authored books, more than six edited collections, and a range of book chapters and refereed journal articles. Professor Coleborne has also twice attracted grant funding from New Zealand's Marsden Fund (Royal Society of New Zealand). Her new book, Insanity, Identity and Empire, was published by Manchester University Press in October 2015. With Professor Katie Pickles (Canterbury) she also recently published New Zealand's Empire (Manchester University Press, 2015).

Professor Coleborne has also been an active contributor to community mental health projects that have involved postgraduate students in publishing and research, such as a project focused on mental health histories in the Waikato.  This culminated in awards for the students and a publication: Changing Times, Changing Places: From Tokanui to Mental Health Services in the Waikato, 1910-2012 (Hamilton: HalfCourt Press, 2012).

Since her appointment to Waikato in 1999, she has performed a number of key academic, administration and leadership roles including Chairperson, Department of History, and Associate Dean Graduate and Postgraduate.

Academic Leadership Experience

I have performed a number of key roles in academic administration and leadership since my appointment at the University of Waikato. Until January 2015, I was a member of the faculty’s Executive Management Group by virtue of my appointment as Associate Dean Graduate and Postgraduate from mid-2012.  In 2014 I was appointed as the faculty’s PBRF Coordinator and between September and December 2014, I ran a Formative Research Exercise for the Faculty with 106 staff participating which involved coordinating the FRE advice, running training workshops, devising assessment criteria and steering the assessment panel of four in the faculty, and preparing the final advice to staff in a team, and the final report to the Deputy Vice Chancellor. I have also been active in the university on specific committees including appointments committees, the University’s Postgraduate Research Committee, the Research Committee, a PBRF working group, among other significant roles.

Current / New Research Projects

  • Regulating Mobility in the Australasian Colonial World, 1850s-1910
  • 'Mad' Histories: Narratives of Mental Health in the Twentieth Century
  • Mental Hygiene in Transnational Perspective: Australia, New Zealand and the United States

Research Networks


Qualifications

  • PhD, La Trobe University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne
  • Master of Arts (History), University of Melbourne

Keywords

  • Australian history
  • New Zealand history
  • colonialism
  • cultural history
  • digital history
  • gender
  • histories of the family
  • institutional closures
  • mental health service history
  • national identity
  • social history

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified 25
220205 History and Philosophy of Medicine 25
210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Head of School University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2014 - 31/12/2014 Professor University of Waikato
School of Social Sciences
New Zealand
1/01/2009 - 31/12/2013 Associate Professor University of Waikato
School of Social Sciences
New Zealand
1/01/1999 - 31/12/2008 Lecturer University of Waikato
School of Social Sciences
New Zealand

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2014 - 31/12/2014 Performance Based Research Fund Coordinator University of Waikato
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
New Zealand
1/06/2012 - 31/01/2015 Associate Dean University of Waikato
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
New Zealand
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Pickles K, Coleborne C, New Zealand¿s empire, Manchester University Press, Manchester, England (2016)
2015 Coleborne CS, Insanity, Identity and Empire: Immigrants and institutional confinement in Australia and New Zealand, 1873-1910, Manchester University Press, Manchester, England, 224 (2015)
2012 Coleborne C, Graham J, Lambert S, Poole S, Waikato MHHG, Changing Times, Changing Places: From Tokanui Hospital to Mental Health Services in the Waikato, 1910-2012, Half Court Press Ltd, Hamilton, New Zealand (2012)
2012 McCarthy A, Coleborne C, Migration ethnicity and mental health: International perspectives, 1840-2010 (2012)

© 2012 Taylor & Francis.Most investigations of foreign-born migrants emphasize the successful adjustment and settlement of newcomers. Yet suicide, heavy drinking, violence, famil... [more]

© 2012 Taylor & Francis.Most investigations of foreign-born migrants emphasize the successful adjustment and settlement of newcomers. Yet suicide, heavy drinking, violence, family separations, and domestic disharmony were but a few of the possible struggles experienced by those who relocated abroad in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and were among the chief reasons for committal to an asylum. Significantanalysis of this problem, addressing the interconnected issues of migration, ethnicity, and insanity, has to date received little attention from the scholarly community.This international collection examines the difficulties that migrants faced in adjustment abroad, through a focus on migrants and mobile peoples, issues of ethnicity, and the impact of migration on the mental health of refugees. Itfurther extends the migration paradigm beyond patients to incorporate the international exchange of medical ideas and institutional practices, and the recruitment of a medical workforce. These issues are explored through case studies which utilize different social and cultural historical methods, but with a shared twinpurpose: To uncover the related histories of migration, ethnicity, and mental health, and to extend existing scholarly frameworks and findings in this under-developed field of inquiry.

DOI 10.4324/9780203128435
Citations Scopus - 2
2011 Coleborne C, MacKinnon D, Exhibiting Madness in Museums: Remembering Psychiatry through Collections and Display, Routledge, New York (2011)
2009 Coleborne C, Madness in the family: Insanity and institutions in the Australasian colonial world, 1860-1914 (2009)

© Catharine Coleborne 2010. All rights reserved.Madness in the Family explores how colonial families coped with insanity through a trans-colonial study of the relationships betwe... [more]

© Catharine Coleborne 2010. All rights reserved.Madness in the Family explores how colonial families coped with insanity through a trans-colonial study of the relationships between families and public colonial hospitals for the insane in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand between 1860 and 1914.

DOI 10.1057/9780230248649
2007 Coleborne C, Reading ¿Madness¿: Gender and difference in the colonial asylum in Victoria, Australia, 1848-1888, Network Books, Australia (2007)
2006 Coleborne C, Houlahan M, Morrison H, Telling Lives: Essays in Biography and History, Department of History and Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Waikato, Hamilton (2006)
2003 Coleborne CS, Mackinnon D, Madness in Australia: Histories, Heritage and the Asylum, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, Queensland (2003)
2001 Kirkby D, Coleborne C, Law, history and colonialism: The reach of empire, Manchester University Press, Manchester (2001)
1997 Pearson AJ, Taylor B, Coleborne CS, The Nature of Nursing Work in Colonial Victoria, 1840-1870, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia (1997)
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Chapter (22 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Pickles K, Coleborne CS, 'Introduction: New Zealand¿s empire', New Zealand¿s Empire, Manchester University Press, Manchester, England 1-10 (2015)
2015 Coleborne CS, 'Law¿s mobility: Vagrancy and imperial legality in the trans-Tasman colonial world, 1860s-1914', New Zealand¿s Empire, Manchester University Press, Manchester, England 89-101 (2015)
2013 Coleborne C, 'Crime, the legal archive and postcolonial histories', Crime and Empire 1840-1940: Criminal Justice in Local and Global Context 92-105 (2013)
DOI 10.4324/9781843925804
Citations Scopus - 2
2012 Campion M, Coleborne C, Prebble K, 'Mental health at Tokanui in the early years', Changing Times, Changing Places: From Tokanui Hospital to Mental Health Services in the Waikato, 1910-2012, Half Court Press Ltd 27-51 (2012)
2012 Coleborne C, 'Introduction: Changing times, changing places', Changing Times, Changing Places: From Tokanui Hospital to Mental Health Services in the Waikato, 1910-2012, Half Court Press Ltd 1-6 (2012)
2012 Coleborne C, 'Patient journeys: Stories of mental health care from Tokanui to mental health services, 1930s to the 1980s', Changing Times, Changing Places: From Tokanui Hospital to Mental Health Services in the Waikato, 1910-2012, Half Court Press Ltd 97-109 (2012)
2012 McCarthy A, Coleborne C, 'Introduction: Mental health, migration, and ethnicity', Migration Ethnicity and Mental Health: International Perspectives, 1840-2010 1-14 (2012)
DOI 10.4324/9780203128435
2012 Coleborne C, 'Locating ethnicity in the hospitals for the insane: Revisiting case books as sites of knowledge production about colonialidentities in Victoria, Australia, 1873-1910', Migration Ethnicity and Mental Health: International Perspectives, 1840-2010 73-90 (2012)
DOI 10.4324/9780203128435
2012 Gray MM, Midgeley J, Webb SA, 'Introduction', The Sage Handbook of Social Work, Sage, Los Angeles 1-14 (2012) [B2]
Co-authors Mel Gray
2011 MacKinnon D, Coleborne C, 'Seeing and not seeing psychiatry', Exhibiting Madness in Museums: Remembering Psychiatry through Collections and Display, Routledge, New York 3-13 (2011)
2011 Coleborne C, 'Collecting psychiatry¿s past: Collectors and their collections of psychiatric objects in Western histories', Exhibiting Madness in Museums: Remembering Psychiatry through Collections and Display, Routledge, New York 14-29 (2011)
2009 Coleborne C, 'Challenging institutional hegemony: family visitors to hospitals for the insane in Australia and New Zealand, 1880s-1910s.', 289-308 (2009)

Historians have increasingly come to identify that there was considerable traffic between nineteenth-century psychiatric institutions and the world beyond, with official visitors ... [more]

Historians have increasingly come to identify that there was considerable traffic between nineteenth-century psychiatric institutions and the world beyond, with official visitors recording details of their regular forays inside asylum walls, and sometimes family members visiting the institution to check on treatments, patients' progress and welfare. This chapter explores the broad array of experiences of asylum visitors in colonial Australia and New Zealand, focusing on families and their responses to the institution. It draws upon a range of materials to show that visitors found their way inside the hospital for the insane, both in their letters and through their actual physical presence. Through these glimpses, it suggests that the asylum itself should be unsettled as the focus of all the meanings of insanity and its cure.

Citations Scopus - 1
2009 Ochsner A, Augustin C, 'Introduction', Multifunctional Metallic Hollow Sphere Structures: Manufacturing, Properties and Application, Springer, Berlin 1-4 (2009) [B2]
DOI 10.1002/9781444346268
Citations Scopus - 5
2009 Coleborne C, 'Health and illness, 1840s-1990s', The New Oxford History of New Zealand, Oxford University Press 487-510 (2009)
2007 Coleborne CS, 'Manning, Frederick Norton', Dictionary of Medical Biography, Greenwood Press 843-844 (2007)
2005 Coleborne C, 'Mental health', The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press, USA 471-471 (2005)
2003 Coleborne CS, '¿Hearing the speech of the excluded: re-examining madness in history¿', History on the Couch, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, Australia 17-25 (2003)
2003 Coleborne C, 'Space, power and gender in the asylum in Victoria 1850s-1870s', Madness in Australia: Histories, Heritage and the Asylum, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, Queensland 49-60 (2003)
2003 Coleborne CS, 'Collecting madness: Psychiatric collections and the museum in Victoria and Western Australia', Madness in Australia: Histories, Heritage and the Asylum, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, Queensland 183-194 (2003)
2003 Coleborne C, 'Passage to the asylum: The role of the police in committals of the insane in Victoria, Australia, 1848¿1900', The Confinement of the Insane: International Perspectives, 1800-1965 129-148 (2003)

© Cambridge University Press 2003 and Cambridge University Press, 2009.Australia's European population arrived in 1788, transported from the British Isles to establish New South ... [more]

© Cambridge University Press 2003 and Cambridge University Press, 2009.Australia's European population arrived in 1788, transported from the British Isles to establish New South Wales as a penal colony. In the first few years of settlement, David Collins, legal advocate on the First Fleet and chronicler of the early history of the colonies, commented on the existence of insanity among convicts. Policies, legislation and practices surrounding insanity in the different Australian colonies developed over the next ten decades. Subsequent histories of the insane in nineteenth-century Australia, following the trajectory of British scholarship on asylumdom, have largely been explored through institutional records. Historians have been interested in exploring the broad concept of asylum committals, and have considered the relationships between agencies of the law, including police and the courts, families and asylums. The custodial character of the colonial asylum meant that ¿public disturbances¿ could result in asylum committals, rather than imprisonment, for women and men. Colonial policing practices of detection and surveillance, and the policing of sex and race, were central to the apprehension of lunatics. Families negotiated with the police in many instances, and the police played roles as intermediaries between the asylum and the families of lunatics. This chapter examines the development of policing practices around lunacy and the asylum in the colony of Victoria in the nineteenth century. The history of the asylum in colonial Victoria was not unique, and is usefully compared to the histories of other Australian colonies and also the colony of New Zealand.

DOI 10.1017/CBO9780511497612.006
Citations Scopus - 2
2001 Coleborne C, 'Making ¿mad¿ populations in settler colonies: The work of law and medicine in the creation of the colonial asylum', Law, history and colonialism: The reach of empire, Manchester University Press, Manchester 106-122 (2001)
1997 Coleborne CS, '¿She does up her hair fantastically¿: The production of femininity in patient case-books of the lunatic asylum in 1860s Victoria', Forging Identities: Bodies, Gender and Feminist History, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, Western Australia 47-68 (1997)
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Journal article (49 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Young-Hauser AM, Hodgetts D, Coleborne C, 'Caring for a Man Who Sexually Abused Children', Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 56 34-52 (2016)

© 2014, The Author(s) 2014.Child sex abuse is a serious health concern, involving considerable pain, suffering, and hurt for victims and their families, as well as generating pub... [more]

© 2014, The Author(s) 2014.Child sex abuse is a serious health concern, involving considerable pain, suffering, and hurt for victims and their families, as well as generating public interest and scrutiny. Such abuse damages, weakens, but perhaps surprisingly does not necessarily sever all family ties. In this article, people from familial networks within which child sexual abuse has occurred recount their experiences of extending compassion and support to a man who has sexually abused children. Crucially, the supporters acknowledge the gravity of child sex abuse and their stories emphasize the need to ensure the safety of the victims of abuse and other children. Our participants attempt to balance the needs of the victims with a continued commitment to supporting offenders so that they are less likely to reoffend. We document how in maintaining ties with an offender, supporters in fact take on elements of an offender¿s stigma, and also become tainted. Support narratives offer insights into how society might develop more holistic understandings of the consequences of child sex abuse and ultimately help us understand offenders and the efforts of those around them to provide integrated rehabilitation and to minimize the risk of reoffending.

DOI 10.1177/0022167814555576
2015 Coleborne C, Twomey C, 'Histories of nation and place, Australian style', Australian Historical Studies, 46 155-156 (2015)
DOI 10.1080/1031461X.2015.1055076
2015 Coleborne C, Twomey C, Darian-Smith K, Edmonds P, 'Crossing over: In this Issue', Australian Historical Studies, 46 337-339 (2015)
DOI 10.1080/1031461X.2015.1086043
2015 Coleborne C, 'Mobility Stopped in Its Tracks: Institutional Narratives and the Mobile in the Australian and New Zealand Colonial World, 1870s¿1900s', Transfers, 5 87-103 (2015)
DOI 10.3167/TRANS.2015.050307
2014 Coleborne C, 'White men and weak masculinity: men in the public asylums in Victoria, Australia, and New Zealand, 1860s¿1900s', History of Psychiatry, 25 468-476 (2014)

© The Author(s) 2014.This article reveals a set of formulations of masculine identity through the fragments of extant casebook evidence from nineteenth-century psychiatric instit... [more]

© The Author(s) 2014.This article reveals a set of formulations of masculine identity through the fragments of extant casebook evidence from nineteenth-century psychiatric institutions in Victoria, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand. It shows that some patterns in the identification of masculinity and insanity emerge, also highlighting the relevance of individual stories and ¿cases¿ to fully understand how masculine identities were fashioned through medical institutional language.

DOI 10.1177/0957154X14543758
Citations Web of Science - 1
2014 Coleborne C, Twomey C, ''Challenging White Australia' INTRODUCTION', AUSTRALIAN HISTORICAL STUDIES, 45 163-164 (2014)
2014 Coleborne C, Twomey C, 'Challenging white Australia', Australian Historical Studies, 45 163-164 (2014)
DOI 10.1080/1031461X.2014.918500
2014 Twomey C, Coleborne C, 'Australia: Present and past histories', Australian Historical Studies, 45 295-296 (2014)
DOI 10.1080/1031461X.2014.950404
2014 Coleborne CS, 'Mental health and the museum: Institutional spaces for memories and interaction', Museum Worlds: Advances in Research, 2 162-166 (2014)
2014 Coleborne CS, 'Universities of the past', TDU Talk, May 20-20 (2014)
2013 Coleborne C, Godtschalk O, 'Colonial Families and Cultures of Health: Glimpses of Illness and Domestic Medicine in Private Records in New Zealand and Australia, 1850-1910', Journal of Family History, 38 403-421 (2013)

This article draws on both published and unpublished private family writing to examine how European settler colonial families in southeastern Australia and New Zealand negotiated ... [more]

This article draws on both published and unpublished private family writing to examine how European settler colonial families in southeastern Australia and New Zealand negotiated worlds of sickness and health between 1850 and 1910. It argues that personal writing is a neglected yet rich repository for shedding light on colonial cultures of health across families and households in colonial Australia and New Zealand. In examining challenges to well-being and gendered lay health care practices inside domestic spaces, we glimpse more than worlds of health and treatment. Through their management of health and illness in private domestic spaces, the sense of well-being colonial families created for their members tells us something both about their emotional lives and cultures of colonialism. © 2013 The Author(s).

DOI 10.1177/0363199013506165
Citations Scopus - 1
2013 Twomey C, Coleborne C, 'In this issue', Australian Historical Studies, 44 169-171 (2013)
DOI 10.1080/1031461X.2013.792231
2013 Coleborne C, Twomey C, 'In this issue', Australian Historical Studies, 44 327-328 (2013)
DOI 10.1080/1031461X.2013.817292
2012 Coleborne C, McCarthy A, '(Editors) Special Issue: Health and Place: Medicine, Ethnicity, and Colonial Identities', ., 14 1-223 (2012)
2012 Coleborne C, McCarthy A, 'Health and place in historical perspective: medicine, ethnicity, and colonial identities.', Health and history, 14 1-11 (2012)
Citations Scopus - 1
2012 Coleborne C, 'Insanity, gender and empire: women living a 'loose kind of life' on the colonial institutional margins, 1870-1910.', Health and history, 14 77-99 (2012)

This article examines how female immigrants were characterised inside the Yarra Bend Asylum in Melbourne, Victoria (Hospital for the Insane after 1905), once they slipped into the... [more]

This article examines how female immigrants were characterised inside the Yarra Bend Asylum in Melbourne, Victoria (Hospital for the Insane after 1905), once they slipped into the world of the institutionally 'hidden.' Forms of social difference inside colonial institutions for the insane were embedded in patient case records. This article argues that through a closer examination of cases of female immigrants, we might find out more about gender relations in colonial situations. In particular this article returns to ideas about women patients and constructions of these women through case records to uncover new interpretations of this material in the Australasian context. To do this, it sets out specific ways of reading patient cases and teases out the importance of these frameworks for making some kind of synthesis of the ways in which institutionalised people--already at the margins of society--were further marginalised inside institutional populations through specific practices. It examines immigrant women in the hospitals for the insane; the cases of women designated as living so-called 'loose' lives who also ended up inside the institution for the insane; and finally concludes with a commentary about the descriptive power of cases and the production of concepts of gender, class, and race difference within their pages.

Citations Scopus - 1
2011 Byrnes G, Coleborne C, '(Editors) Special Issue: The New Zealand Journal of History', ., 45 1-148 (2011)
2011 Byrnes G, Coleborne C, 'THE UTILITY AND FUTILITY OF 'THE NATION' IN HISTORIES OF AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND' Introduction', NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF HISTORY, 45 1-14 (2011)
Citations Web of Science - 2
2011 Byrnes G, Coleborne C, 'Editorial introduction: The utility and futility of 'the nation' in histories of Aotearoa New Zealand', New Zealand Journal of History, 45 1-14 (2011)
2011 Barry L, Coleborne C, 'Insanity and ethnicity in New Zealand: Maori encounters with the Auckland Mental Hospital, 1860-1900.', Hist Psychiatry, 22 285-301 (2011)
DOI 10.1177/0957154X10390435
2011 Barry L, Coleborne C, 'Insanity and ethnicity in new zealand: maori encounters with the auckland mental hospital, 1860-1900', History of Psychiatry, 22 285-301 (2011)

This article examines Maori patients at the Auckland Mental Hospital between 1860 and 1900. We argue that the patient case notes reveal 'European' categories in which Maori were s... [more]

This article examines Maori patients at the Auckland Mental Hospital between 1860 and 1900. We argue that the patient case notes reveal 'European' categories in which Maori were situated, and demonstrate the extent to which the authorities at the hospital grappled with their appearance, their language and their culture, all of which were elements of their ethnicity. We argue that the use of institutional case records is highly suggestive of some of the historical meanings of insanity for Maori, including the lack of detailed or sustained collection of information about patients' tribal affiliations, the interest shown in their rights to land in maintenance payment inquiries, the experiences of cultural alienation or mate Maori, and the sad outcomes for Maori. © The Author(s) 2011.

DOI 10.1177/0957154X10390435
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 3
2011 Coleborne C, 'Regulating ¿mobility¿ and masculinity through institutions in Colonial Victoria, 1870s-1890s', Law Text Culture, 15 45-71 (2011)
2011 Coleborne C, Bliss E, 'Emotions, digital tools and public histories: Digital storytelling using Windows Movie Maker in the history tertiary classroom', History Compass, 9 674-685 (2011)
2010 Coleborne C, 'Reading insanity¿s archive: Reflections from four archival sites', Provenance, 9 1-13 (2010)
2009 Coleborne C, 'Pursuing Families for Maintenance Payments to Hospitals for the Insane in Australia and New Zealand, 1860s-1914', AUSTRALIAN HISTORICAL STUDIES, 40 308-322 (2009)
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2009 Coleborne C, 'Families, insanity, and the psychiatric institution in Australia and New Zealand, 1860-1914.', Health and history, 11 65-82 (2009)

International historians have begun to challenge the view that the nineteenth-century psychiatric hospital was a place of horrors and custody, and have shown that families were so... [more]

International historians have begun to challenge the view that the nineteenth-century psychiatric hospital was a place of horrors and custody, and have shown that families were sometimes intimate with the institutions of the past, often participating in the process of institutional committal. This article explores the state of historical inquiry into families and insanity in Australia and New Zealand. It asserts that by re-examining patient cases we might find fresh insights into the dynamic between families and mental health. Through a close examination of archival sources, the article argues, we can see the presence of families 'inside' the asylum in several ways. Overall, the article suggests that institutional archives present both opportunity and risk for historians intent on discovering 'what happened' to the insane and their families.

Citations Scopus - 2
2008 Coleborne C, Melling J, Forsythe B, 'The Politics of Madness: The State, Insanity and Society in England, 1845-1914', Health and History, 10 162-162 (2008)
DOI 10.2307/40111603
2007 Coleborne C, 'Documenting health: Contemporary social and cultural histories of medicine and psychiatry', JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY HISTORY, 42 683-691 (2007)
DOI 10.1177/0022009407082156
2006 Coleborne C, '"His brain was wrong, his mind astray": Families and the language of insanity in New South Wales, Queensland, and New Zealand, 1880S-1910', Journal of Family History, 31 45-65 (2006)

Family and friends made descriptions of the behavior of individuals at the time of their committal to institutions for the insane in Australasian colonies, including Gladesville H... [more]

Family and friends made descriptions of the behavior of individuals at the time of their committal to institutions for the insane in Australasian colonies, including Gladesville Hospital for the Insane, Sydney, New South Wales; Goodna Hospital for the Insane, near Brisbane in Queensland; and the Auckland Mental Hospital in New Zealand's North Island, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These lay descriptions of insanity, gleaned from those close to patients by doctors during initial interviews at the stage of asylum committal, eventually became marginal notes in clinical patient cases. This article seeks to understand this interplay between lay descriptions by family and friends and the asylum 's use of these descriptions in its profiling and diagnosis of patients. It argues that patient case notes should be reexamined as rich sources of information about families, households, and, most importantly, the language used by ordinary people to describe mental states. © 2006 Sage Publications.

DOI 10.1177/0363199005283009
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 14
2006 Coleborne C, 'Families, patients and emotions: Asylums for the insane in colonial Australia and New Zealand, c. 1880-1910', Social History of Medicine, 19 425-442 (2006)

Historians have successfully challenged the social control thesis in relation to nineteenth century insane asylums in many different parts of the world. They have asserted that fa... [more]

Historians have successfully challenged the social control thesis in relation to nineteenth century insane asylums in many different parts of the world. They have asserted that families were actively involved in committal. Their work has enriched the field, and provided new possibilities for historians researching in asylum archives. Yet despite the very 'emotional' content of these archives, historians have not often specifically examined the question of emotional relationships between the 'mad' and their families. This article examines correspondence and patient case notes, among other archival materials, from four hospitals for the insane in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and New Zealand from the 1880s to 1910. This was a critical period in the development of asylum management, and was also shaped by an emerging discourse of modernity expressed through new prescriptions for family roles. Drawing upon existing historical explorations of similar themes in other contexts, the article demonstrates the potential of this approach, to suggest both new paths for historians of psychiatry, families and the asylum, and to engage with histories of the emotions.

DOI 10.1093/shm/hkl042
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11
2006 Coleborne C, MacKinnon D, 'Psychiatry and its institutions in Australia and New Zealand: An overview', International Review of Psychiatry, 18 371-380 (2006)
DOI 10.1080/09540260600813248
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 10
2006 Hight C, Coleborne C, 'Robert Winston's superhuman: Spectacle, surveillance and patient narrative', Journal of Health Psychology, 11 233-245 (2006)

Health psychologists are being challenged by researchers to consider interdisciplinary approaches to health research, particularly around media representations. This article argue... [more]

Health psychologists are being challenged by researchers to consider interdisciplinary approaches to health research, particularly around media representations. This article argues that the praxis and research of health psychology might benefit from strategic and interdisciplinary readings of media texts. It argues that insights from current documentary theory are important because they show us how documentary texts are structured and how medical documentary deploys techniques from medicine itself in order to effect certain persuasive discursive shifts in our wider culture. The article takes the BBC documentary series Superhuman as its example and explores this text as it involves media spectacle, medical surveillance of the body and of patients and the positioning of patient narratives of personal experiences with medical intervention. Copyright © 2006 SAGE Publications.

DOI 10.1177/1359105306061184
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Craig Hight
2006 Coleborne C, Phillipson G, Fleras A, Rudd C, Shaw R, Pawson E, 'Book reviews', Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 1 203-213 (2006)
DOI 10.1080/1177083X.2006.9522419
2005 Coleborne C, Eigen JP, 'Unconscious Crime: Mental Absence and Criminal Responsibility in Victorian London', Health and History, 7 107-107 (2005)
DOI 10.2307/40111518
2005 Coleborne CS, 'Like a family where you fight and you roar - Inside the ¿personal and social¿ worlds of Tokanui Hospital, New Zealand, through an oral history project', Oral History in New Zealand, 16 17-27 (2005)
2003 MacKinnon D, Coleborne C, 'Introduction: Deinstitutionalisation in Australia and New Zealand', Health and History, 5 1-1 (2003)
DOI 10.2307/40111450
2003 Seuffert NM, Coleborne CS, 'Law, History and Postcolonial Theory and Method', Making Law Visible: Past and Present Histories and Postcolonial Theory, Special Issue of Law Text Culture, 7 1-8 (2003)
2003 Coleborne C, 'Remembering psychiatry's past: The psychiatric collection and its display at Porirua hospital museum, New Zealand', Journal of Material Culture, 8 97-118 (2003)

This article explores the historical meanings of a collection of psychiatric objects on display at the Porirua Hospital Museum, at Porirua, near Wellington, in New Zealand. Founde... [more]

This article explores the historical meanings of a collection of psychiatric objects on display at the Porirua Hospital Museum, at Porirua, near Wellington, in New Zealand. Founded in 1987 to celebrate the original asylum's centenary, the museum commemorates the history of the institution. Its curators are former psychiatric nursing staff. Visitors to the museum include educators, researchers and members of the psychiatric community. This article asks why some people have preserved the 'relics' of past psychiatry. Such collections and museum exhibitions raise fascinating questions about the 20th-century experience of psychiatric institutions, and the role of the museum collection in people's lives. In talking about why and how former staff have struggled to preserve their private memories through collections of physical objects, and by interpreting history inside the space of the museum, the article suggests that historians can make a new contribution to the understandings of psychiatric institutions in histories of 20th-century psychiatry.

DOI 10.1177/1359183503008001764
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
2003 Coleborne CS, 'Preserving the Institutional Past and Histories of Psychiatry: Writing about Tokanui Hospital, New Zealand, 1950s-1990s', Health & History, 5 104-122 (2003)
2003 Coleborne CS, Mackinnon D, 'Deinstitutionalisation in Australia and New Zealand: Introduction', Special Issue Health and History, 5 1-16 (2003)
2003 Coleborne CS, 'Health and History (Special Issue): Histories of psychiatry after deinstitutionalisation', Health and History, 5 1-162 (2003)
2003 Seuffert NM, Coleborne CS, 'Making law visible: Past and present histories and postcolonial theory', Law Text Culture, 7 1-307 (2003)
2002 Labrum BJ, Coleborne CS, 'Making local histories: Museums, identity and place, 1970-2000', PHANZA E-journal, online 1-6 (2002)
2001 Hamerton J, Coleborne C, 'Ten-pound poms revisited: Battlers¿ tales and British migration to Australia, 1947-1971', Scatterlings of Empire: Journal of Australian Studies, 68 86-96 (2001)
2001 Coleborne CS, 'Exhibiting ¿madness¿: Material culture and the asylum', Health and History, 3 104-117 (2001)
2001 Coleborne C, '¿Disquiet, but also frustration¿: Historians as ¿public intellectuals¿ in Australia', History Now, 7 10-11 (2001)
2000 Coleborne C, 'A closed world: the asylum system in Victoria, 1848 to 1920, Exhibition at the University of Melbourne Medical History Museum', Chiron: Journal of the University of Melbourne Medical Society, 4 68-68 (2000)
2000 Coleborne C, 'Notes on a public history conference', Phanzine: Newsletter of the Professional Association of New Zealand/Aotearoa, 6 8-9 (2000)
1997 Twomey C, Coleborne C, Joshi V, Twomey C, 'Gender and Australian history in the 1990s', Australian Feminist Studies, 12 344-356 (1997)
DOI 10.1080/08164649.1997.9994876
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Review (42 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Coleborne C, 'Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine', MEDICAL HISTORY (2016)
2016 Coleborne C, 'Gender and Class in English Asylums, 1890-1914', SOCIAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE (2016)
DOI 10.1093/shm/hkv128
2015 Coleborne CS, '[Review of Insanity, race and colonialism: Managing mental disorder in the post-emancipation British Caribbean, 1838-1914 by Leonard Smith]', Medical History (2015) [C3]
DOI 10.1017/mdh.2015.38
2015 Coleborne C, '[Review of Psychiatry, mental institutions, and the mad in Apartheid South Africa by Tiffany Fawn Jones (Routledge, 2012)]', History of Psychiatry (2015) [C3]
DOI 10.1177/0957154x15584545d
2015 Coleborne CS, '[Review of The rise and fall of National Women¿s Hospital by Linda Bryder]', New Zealand Journal of History (2015) [C3]
2014 Coleborne C, 'Health, Medicine, and the Sea: Australian Voyages, c.1815-1860', AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW (2014)
DOI 10.1093/ahr/119.2.505
2013 Coleborne C, 'Genteel Women: Empire and Domestic Material Culture, 1840-1910', NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF HISTORY (2013)
2013 Coleborne C, '[Review of Genteel women: Empire and domestic material culture, 1840-1910 by D. Lawrence]', The New Zealand Journal of History (2013)
2012 Coleborne C, '[Review of Transnational psychiatries: Social and cultural histories of psychiatry in comparative perspective c. 1800-2000 by W. Ernst & T. Mueller]', History of Psychiatry (2012)
DOI 10.1177/0957154x12445003
2010 Coleborne C, 'A Sadly Troubled History: The Meanings of Suicide in the Modern Age', NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF HISTORY (2010)
2010 Coleborne C, '[Review of A sadly troubled history: The meanings of suicide in the modern age. by John Weaver]', New Zealand Journal of History (2010)
2008 Coleborne C, 'States of Mind: Searching for Mental Health in Natal and Zululand, 1868-1918', SOCIAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE (2008)
DOI 10.1093/shm/hkn069
2008 Coleborne C, '[Review of States of mind: Searching for mental health in Natal and Zululand, 1868-1918 by Julie Parle]', Social History of Medicine (2008)
2008 Coleborne C, '[Review of The Politics of madness: The state, insanity and society in England, 1845-1914 by Joseph Melling & Bill Forsythe]', Health and History (2008)
2007 Coleborne C, 'The insanity of Place/The place of insanity: Essays on the history of psychiatry', SOCIAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE (2007)
DOI 10.1093/shm/hkm061
2007 Coleborne C, 'Lucy Osburn, a lady displaced: Florence nightingale's envoy to Australia', AUSTRALIAN HISTORICAL STUDIES (2007)
2007 Coleborne C, '[Review of Lucy Osburn, a Lady Displaced: Florence Nightingale¿s Envoy to Australia by Judith Godden]', Australian Historical Studies (2007)
2007 Coleborne C, '[Review of The insanity of place/the place of insanity: Essays on the history of psychiatry by Andrew Scull]', Social History of Medicine (2007)
2006 Coleborne C, 'Psychiatric cultures compared: Psychiatry and mental health care in the twentieth century: Comparisons and approaches', SOCIAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE (2006)
DOI 10.1093/shm/hkl063
2006 Coleborne C, '[Review of Psychiatric cultures compared: Psychiatry and mental health care in the twentieth century: Comparisons and approaches by Marijke Gijswijt-Hofstra, Harry Oosterhuis, Joost Vijselaar & Hugh Freeman]', Social History of Medicine (2006)
2006 Coleborne C, '[Review of Madness at home: The Psychiatrist, the patient and the family in England by Akihito Suzuki]', H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online (2006)
2006 Coleborne C, '[Review of Disputed histories: Imagining New Zealand¿s pasts by Tony Ballantyne and Brian Moloughney]', Kotuitui (2006)
2005 Coleborne C, 'Sex and seclusion, class and custody: Perspectives on gender and class in the history of British and Irish psychiatry', SOCIAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE (2005)
DOI 10.1093/sochis/hki043
2005 Coleborne C, 'Book Reviews [Review of Sex and seclusion, class and custody: perspectives on gender and class in the history of British and Irish psychiatry by J. Andrews and A. Digby]', Social History of Medicine (2005)
2005 Coleborne C, '[Review of Dangerous motherhood: insanity and childbirth in Victorian England by Hilary Marland]', Social History of Medicine (2005)
2005 Coleborne C, '[Review of Unconscious crime: Mental absence and criminal responsibility in Victorian London by Joel Peter Eigen]', Health & History (2005)
2004 Coleborne C, 'Environmental histories of New Zealand', AUSTRALIAN HISTORICAL STUDIES (2004)
2004 Coleborne CS, '[Review of Environmental histories of New Zealand by Eric Pawson and Tom Brooking]', Australian Historical Studies (2004)
2004 Coleborne CS, '[Review of The quest for origins: Who first discovered and settled New Zealand and the Pacific Islands? by Kerry Howe]', History Now (2004)
2003 Coleborne CS, 'Attic Dweller [Review of Parkville Days by Melissa Petrakis]', TEXT (2003)
2002 Coleborne C, 'Body trade: Captivity, cannibalism and colonialism in the Pacific', NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF HISTORY (2002)
2002 Coleborne C, 'Boundary markers: Land surveying and the colonisation of New Zealand', NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF HISTORY (2002)
2002 Coleborne CS, '[Review of 1901: Australian life at federation- An illustrated chronicle by Aedeen Cremin (ed)]', History Now (2002)
2002 Coleborne CS, '[Review of Body Trade: Captivity, cannibalism and colonialism in the Pacific by Barbara Creed and Jeanette Hoorn (ed)]', New Zealand Journal of History (2002)
2002 Coleborne CS, 'Boundary Markers [Review of Boundary markers: Land surveying and the colonisation of New Zealand by Giselle Byrnes]', New Zealand Journal of History (2002)
2001 Coleborne C, '[Review of Conflict, Politics and Crime: Aboriginal Communities and the Police by Chris Cunneen]', Journal of Australian Studies, Review of Books (2001)
2001 Coleborne C, '[Review of The politics of sex: Prostitution and pornography in Australia since 1945 by Barbara Sullivan]', Law and History Review (2001)
2000 Coleborne C, '[Review of To constitute a nation: a cultural history of Australia¿s constitution by Helen Irving]', Law and History Review (2000)
1999 Coleborne C, 'Purity and pollution: Gender, embodiment and Victorian medicine', AUSTRALIAN FEMINIST STUDIES (1999)
1999 Coleborne C, '[Review of Purity and pollution: gender, emodiment and Victorian medicine by Alison Bashford]', Australian Feminist Studies (1999)
1999 Coleborne C, 'Galileo¿s Daughter [Review of History of a great man and an anonymous daughter by Sobel, David]', Waikato Times (1999)
1997 Coleborne CS, 'Hunters and Collectors [Review of Gender and Australian History in the 1990s by Tom Griffiths]', Australian Feminist Studies (1997)
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Conference (59 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Coleborne C, 'The Changing Face of Mental Health Care' (2016)
2016 Coleborne C, 'Psychiatric histories and service-user accounts of institutional care: The Confidential Forum, New Zealand, 2005-2007' (2016)
2016 Coleborne C, 'The everyday mobility and intimacies of the vagrant in late nineteenth century New Zealand and Victoria' (2016)
2016 Coleborne C, 'Talk, Dissent, Silence: Narrating Madness in the Twentieth Century' (2016)
2015 Coleborne CS, 'The disruptive mobility of the ¿vagrant¿ in Harvest, by Jim Crace (2013)' (2015)
2015 Coleborne CS, 'Regulating colonial mobility: The Australasian history, 1850s to 1910' (2015)
2015 Coleborne CS, 'Mad histories, or histories of psychiatry? Re-reading historical narratives of mental health in the twentieth century' (2015)
2015 Coleborne CS, 'Consorting with others: Vagrancy laws and unauthorized mobility across colonial borders in New Zealand from 1866 to 1910' (2015) [E3]
2015 Coleborne C, 'Medical subjects: History, health and the present' (2015)
2015 Coleborne CS, 'Mental hygiene and colonial institutions, Australia and New Zealand to 1920' (2015)
2014 Coleborne CS, 'Vagrant families: Mobility, gender and colonial life in New Zealand, 1860s-1910s' (2014)
2014 Coleborne CS, 'Telling tales: Writing a community collaborative history of mental health in contemporary New Zealand' (2014)
2014 Coleborne CS, 'Talking back to the state: The Confidential Forum (2004-2006) and narratives of psychiatric institutional care and control in New Zealand' (2014)
2013 Coleborne C, 'Gendering historical mobility' (2013)
2013 Coleborne C, 'Mobility stopped in its tracks: Colonial social institutions and the regulation of undesirable movement in Victoria and New Zealand' (2013)
2012 Coleborne C, 'Mobile subjects and the mobile historian: Transcolonial histories of immigration and the insane' (2012)
2012 Coleborne C, 'Law¿s mobility: Imperial legality in the trans-Tasman colonial world' (2012)
2012 Coleborne C, 'Imagined webs: narratives of the mobile trans-Tasman world of the nineteenth century' (2012)
2011 Coleborne C, 'Digital pasts? Teaching history online' (2011)
2011 Coleborne C, 'Illness and domestic medicine in private writing in New Zealand and Australia, 1850-1900' (2011)
2011 Coleborne C, 'Insanity, identity and empire: Women living a ¿loose kind of life¿ on the colonial institutional margins' (2011)
2011 Coleborne C, 'Regulating ¿mobility¿ through institutions in colonial Australasia' (2011)
2011 Coleborne C, 'Insanity, identity and empire: Lived experiences on the colonial institutional margins' (2011)
2010 Coleborne C, 'Regulating ¿mobility¿ through institutions in colonial Australasia' (2010)
2010 Coleborne C, 'Locating ethnicity in the hospitals for the insane: Revisiting casebooks as sites of knowledge production about colonial identities in Victoria, 1873 to 1910' (2010)
2010 Coleborne C, 'Locating ethnicity in the hospitals for the insane: Revisiting casebooks as sites of knowledge production about colonial identities in Victoria 1873 to 1910' (2010)
2010 Coleborne C, 'From the immigrants¿ home to the mental hospital: Understanding colonial identities through mental hospital records to 1910' (2010)
2010 Coleborne C, 'Creating colonial cultures of health: Glimpses of illness and domestic medicine in private writing in New Zealand and Australia, 1850-1900' (2010)
2009 Coleborne C, 'Trial leave, leave-of-absence and probation: Defining the legal space between psychiatric institutional care and the family in Australia and New Zealand to 1910' (2009)
2009 Coleborne C, 'Muscular insane? The institutional construction of male whiteness' (2009)
2008 Coleborne C, 'Families, insanity, and the archive' (2008)
2007 Coleborne C, 'Families, insanity and the asylum' (2007)
2007 Young-Hauser AM, Coleborne C, Hodgetts D, 'Narratives of the past: Reading deviancy in historical documents' (2007)
2005 Coleborne C, '"Her conduct has been very strange": Families and descriptions of insanity in the colonial Australasia, 1860s-1914' (2005)
2005 Coleborne C, '"Unwilling and unable to contribute": Tracing families for maintenance payments to the asylum in New Zealand and Australia 1880s - 1910' (2005)
2005 Coleborne CS, 'Colonial families and illness: Insanity and colonial life in south-eastern Australia and New Zealand to 1914' (2005)
2005 Coleborne C, 'Psychiatry¿s colonial world: Insanity and families in New South Wales, Victoria and New Zealand, 1860s to 1914' (2005)
2004 Coleborne CS, 'Inside the ¿personal and social¿ worlds of the psychiatric institution: Preserving the past of Tokanui Hospital, New Zealand, through an oral history project' (2004)
2004 Coleborne CS, 'Populations of the ¿mad¿ in colonial Australia and New Zealand 1860-1914' (2004)
2003 Coleborne CS, 'Reading the legal archive: Modes of analysis for post-colonial law and history in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific' (2003)
2003 Coleborne CS, Mackinnon D, 'Sonic and Visual Boundaries: the Gendered Culture of Medicine inside Colonial Asylums for the Insane in Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand' (2003)
2003 Coleborne CS, 'Crime, the legal archive, and post-colonial histories in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific' (2003)
2002 Coleborne CS, 'Collecting Madness: Histories of psychiatry, memory and museums in Australia' (2002)
2002 Coleborne CS, 'Findings Ways to Read the Multiple Gendered Pasts of Oceania: Historians and Law(s)' (2002)
2002 Labrum BJ, Coleborne CS, 'Making Local Histories: Museums, Identity and Place, 1970-2000' (2002)
2001 Coleborne C, Hight C, 'Superhuman: medical science, chaotic naturalism and spectacle' (2001)
Co-authors Craig Hight
2001 Coleborne CS, MacKinnon D, 'Asylum: HIstory, heritage and ¿madness¿ in Australia' (2001)
2000 Green AE, Gibbons PJ, Coleborne CS, 'Perspectives from the Periphery: teaching world history in New Zealand' (2000)
2000 Coleborne C, 'Mad colonials: ¿casualties¿, ¿unsettlers¿ and the insane asylum in Australia and New Zealand' (2000)
2000 Coleborne C, 'Remembering the asylum: the material evidence for a history of Porirua' (2000)
2000 Coleborne C, Green A, 'Perspectives from the periphery: teaching world history in New Zealand. Inventing world history courses in New Zealand' (2000)
2000 Coleborne C, 'Perspectives from the periphery: teaching world history in New Zealand. Imperialism and decolonisation' (2000)
1999 Coleborne C, Monk L, 'The right to reason: the right to speak: womesn¿s speech at the official inquiry into the Kew Lunatic Asylum in Nineteenth Century Victoria, Australia', 1998 International Federation for Research in Women¿s History Conference (1999)
1999 Coleborne C, 'Psychiatry in the museum: interpreting medical collections' (1999)
1999 Coleborne C, 'Presenting ¿a closed world¿: exhibiting the history of psychiatry' (1999)
1998 Coleborne CS, 'Empire of Madness: Comprative Studies of Colonial Psychiatry' (1998)
1998 Coleborne CS, Monk L, 'The Right to Reason: The Right to Speak' (1998)
1997 Coleborne CS, 'Negotiation and resistance: Lunatic asylum patients encounter the ¿State¿ in 1870s Victoria' (1997)
1997 Coleborne CS, 'Female madness at Beechworth: Asylum case-notes between 1878 and 1892' (1997)
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Other (19 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Coleborne C, 'Why talk about madness?', (2016)
2014 Coleborne CS, 'Men on the move: Towards a history of vagrancy in New Zealand, 1860-1910', (2014)
2013 Coleborne C, 'Colonial emotions: Expressions of mental health in private writing in New Zealand and Australia, 1840s to 1910', (2013)
2013 Coleborne C, 'Idle vagabonds¿, wanderers and vagrants: Legislation and forms of colonial mobility in New Zealand and Australia', (2013)
2012 Coleborne CS, '¿How I became an Historian of Psychiatry¿, Invited blog for H-Madness', (2012)
2010 Coleborne C, 'Gender in the archive', (2010)
2010 Coleborne C, 'History of mental healthcare in New Zealand', (2010)
2010 Coleborne C, 'Madness in the family: Exploring histories of families and insanity in colonial Australia and New Zealand', (2010)
2010 Coleborne C, 'Madness in the family: Researching the presence of families in the asylum archive in New Zealand and Australia to 1910', (2010)
2009 Coleborne C, 'Reading insanity¿s archive: Adventures in theory and method', (2009)
2008 Coleborne C, 'Sinking under loneliness: mental breakdown in public and in private in Colonial Australasia', (2008)
2008 Coleborne C, 'Sinking under loneliness: mental breakdown in public and private in Colonial Australasia', (2008)
2008 Coleborne C, 'New Zealand families and mental health in the 19th century', (2008)
2008 Coleborne C, 'Madness in the family: the Australasian colonial world and insanity', (2008)
2004 Coleborne CS, '¿His Brain was wrong, his mind astray¿', (2004)
2004 Coleborne CS, '¿His Brain was wrong, his mind astray¿: Families and the language of insanity in New South Wales 1860s to 1914', . Australia: The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (2004)
2000 Coleborne C, 'Researching women¿s histories in Australia and New Zealand: the life of Annie Baxter as a case-study', (2000)
1999 Coleborne CS, 'Lifting the Lid on a System of Madness', (1999)
1998 Coleborne CS, 'A Closed World: The Asylum System in Victoria 1848-1920', . New Zealand (1998)
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Report (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Cave J, Coleborne C, Johnston L, Li W, Robertson J, Hodgetts D, et al., 'Research as relationship: Critical reflections on collaboration', BRCSS II (2010)
2000 Coleborne C, 'A history of the Waikato Medical Research Foundation (Inc) 1986-1999', Waikato Medical Research Foundation (2000)

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
1997 Coleborne CS, Reading Madness: Bodily Difference and the Female Lunatic Patient in the History of the Asylum in Colonial Victoria, 1848-1888, La Trobe University (1997)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 19
Total funding $803,041

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20161 grants / $9,727

Global Newcastle: Regional Identity and Digital History$9,727

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Catharine Coleborne, Doctor Julie McIntyre, Doctor Nancy Cushing, Doctor James Bennett
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600837
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20152 grants / $7,100

Visiting Research Fellowship$4,100

Funding body: Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe)

Funding body Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe)
Scheme Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

Vice Chancellor's FASS Research Award$3,000

Funding body: University of Waikato

Funding body University of Waikato
Scheme Formative Research Exercise
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20141 grants / $4,500

Vice Chancellor's FASS Research Award $4,500

Funding body: University of Waikato

Funding body University of Waikato
Scheme Research distinction
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20132 grants / $12,700

Regulating Mobility in the Australasian Colonial World, 1850s-1910$8,815

Funding body: University of Waikato

Funding body University of Waikato
Scheme FASS Contestable Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

New Zealand's Empire$3,885

Funding body: University of Waikato

Funding body University of Waikato
Scheme Research Trust Contestable Fund
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20101 grants / $8,900

Under the Eye of the Law: Mobile Peoples in Aotearoa / New Zealand in the Pacific$8,900

Funding body: University of Waikato

Funding body University of Waikato
Scheme Research Trust Contestable Fund
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20091 grants / $612,000

Migration, ethnicity and insanity: New Zealand and Australia, 1860-1910$612,000

Funding body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Funding body Royal Society of New Zealand
Project Team

Professor Catharine Coleborne; Professor Angela McCarthy

Scheme Marsden Standard Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

20082 grants / $7,064

Text, Archive, Theory: Post-Colonial Histories in Aotearoa$4,000

Funding body: University of Waikato

Funding body University of Waikato
Project Team

Prof Catharine Coleborne; Prof Giselle Byrnes

Scheme Summer Scholar Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

FASS Contestable Research Fund$3,064

Funding body: University of Waikato

Funding body University of Waikato
Scheme Marsden Supplement
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20071 grants / $10,200

Harold White Research Fellowship$10,200

Funding body: The National Library of Australia

Funding body The National Library of Australia
Scheme Harold White Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

20051 grants / $9,281

Ocenia$9,281

Funding body: University of Waikato

Funding body University of Waikato
Project Team

Dr Peter Gibbons; Prof Catharine Coleborne

Scheme FASS Contestable Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20042 grants / $102,342

Family strategies involving 'madness' in colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1860-1914$100,000

Funding body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Funding body Royal Society of New Zealand
Scheme Marsden Fast Start Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

FASS Contestable Research Fund$2,342

Funding body: University of Waikato

Funding body University of Waikato
Scheme Marsden Supplement
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2005
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20031 grants / $5,000

Oral Histories of the Tokanui Community$5,000

Funding body: Waikato District Health Board

Funding body Waikato District Health Board
Scheme Discovery project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20021 grants / $3,000

Making Local Histories: Museums, Identity and Place, 1970-2000$3,000

Funding body: University of Waikato

Funding body University of Waikato
Project Team

Prof Catharine Coleborne; Dr Bronwyn Labrum

Scheme FASS Contestable Research Fund
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2003
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20011 grants / $2,000

Asylum: History, Heritage and 'Madness' in Australia$2,000

Funding body: University of Waikato

Funding body University of Waikato
Scheme FASS Contestable Research Fund
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2002
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20001 grants / $6,227

Madness in the Museum: Material Histories of Psychiatry in Australia and New Zealand$6,227

Funding body: University of Waikato

Funding body University of Waikato
Scheme FASS Contestable Research Fund
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2001
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

19941 grants / $3,000

Research Projects / Travel Grants$3,000

Funding body: La Trobe University

Funding body La Trobe University
Scheme Faculty Research Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1997
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed26
Current2

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Torture, Psychology, and the U.S War on Terror: A Manhattan Project of the Mind PhD (History), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2008 PhD Prospects and Intentions: a Spatial History of Imagining the Waikato, 1800-1920 History, University of Waikato Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Aspects of the Representation of Sport in Waikato Sport and Recreation, University of Waikato Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Releasing the Unreleased: a Case Study of a Family Member's Insanity through her Patient Case-files Med Studs Not Elswr Classified, Southern Cross University Co-Supervisor
2016 Masters Punishing female speech in early modern England History, University of Waikato Sole Supervisor
2015 Masters Gold rush narratives in Otago and Victoria History, University of Waikato Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD New Zealand Prisoners of War in European Camps in WWII History, University of Waikato Principal Supervisor
2014 Honours Making a Statement: Fashion and the fashion press as a conduit of political ideas in France, 1785-1815 History, University of Waikato Sole Supervisor
2014 PhD The Role of Medicinal Plants in Settler Medical Culture, 1850-1920 Med Studs Not Elswr Classified, University of Waikato Co-Supervisor
2014 Honours Hard work and handshakes: Employment and Labour Structure in Early Hamilton, 1850-1910 History, University of Waikato Sole Supervisor
2013 Masters "It's been a long hard fight for me": the Stolen Generations and narratives of poor health in Australia, 1883-2009 History, University of Waikato Sole Supervisor
2013 PhD A History of Infanticide and Child-Homicide in New Zealand, 1870-1910 History, University of Waikato Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD The 'Common-Health' and Beyond: New Zealand Medical Specialists, Medical Culture and the Transnational Medical Network, 1945 - 1984 Medical Studies, University of Waikato Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Puerperal Insanity, Ethnicity and Class in the Auckland Mental Hospital, 1860-1900
<strong>MARSDEN FUNDED</strong>
History, University of Waikato Principal Supervisor
2012 Masters "Wounded bodies" and illness narratives: a history of attitudes and behaviour towards HIV-positive homosexual men in New Zealand between 1983 and 1997 History, University of Waikato Sole Supervisor
2012 Honours Aboriginal Insanity in Australian Institutions for the Insane in an International Context, c.1880 to c. 1920 History, University of Waikato Sole Supervisor
2011 PhD Locating the Self? Reconfiguring Oral History and Tradition
<strong>TOP ACHIEVER AWARD</strong>
History, University of Waikato Co-Supervisor
2010 PhD A Contextual Approach to the Reintergration of Child Sex Offenders into Communities History, University of Waikato Co-Supervisor
2010 Masters Australian legends: historical explorations of Australian masculinity and film 1970-1995 History, University of Waikato Co-Supervisor
2009 Masters "Articulate others": the significance of patient pathography in New Zealand mental health history, 1950-2008 History, University of Waikato Sole Supervisor
2007 Honours Diversity or perversity? investigating queer narratives, resistance and representation in Aotearoa / New Zealand, 1948-2000 History, University of Waikato Sole Supervisor
2007 Masters The man from the future: traces of masculinity and modernity from Hamilton in the 1960s History, University of Waikato Sole Supervisor
2007 PhD Women and voluntary work: The participation of Pakeha women in welfare, recreational, religious and political activities in formal voluntary groups in Hamilton and the immediate adjacent districts, c. 1914 - c. 1945
<strong>THESIS COMMENCED IN 2000.  CHIEF SUPERVISOR 2006-2007.  STUDENT DECEASED PRIOR TO COMPLETION</strong>
History, University of Waikato Principal Supervisor
2007 Masters Institutional responses to mental deficiency in New Zealand, 1911-1935 Med Studs Not Elswr Classified, University of Waikato Sole Supervisor
2006 Masters "Unsettled, excited and quarrelsome": the intersection of violence, families and lunacy at the Auckland Asylum 1890-1910
<strong>MARSDEN FUNDED</strong>
History, University of Waikato Sole Supervisor
2006 Masters "The voices caused him to become porangi": Maori patients in the Auckland Lunatic Asylum, 1860-1900
<strong>MARSDEN FUNDED</strong>
History, University of Waikato Sole Supervisor
2006 Masters Digging for the families of the "mad": locating the family in the Auckland Asylum archives, 1870-1911
<strong>STUDENT WAS AWARDED A COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIP FOR DOCTORAL STUDY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM IN MARCH 2007</strong>
History, University of Waikato Sole Supervisor
2004 Masters Illegitimacy, maintenance and agency: unmarried mothers and putative fathers in Auckland, 1900-1910 History, University of Waikato Co-Supervisor
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Professor Catharine Coleborne

Position

Head of School
HASS
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email catharine.coleborne@newcastle.edu.au
Phone +61 2 4913 8040
Mobile +61 439 302 438
Link Personal Blogs

Office

Room MC127C
Building McMulllin
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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