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Biography

Associate Professor Haskins holds an ARC Future Fellowship (2009-2014), to undertake research into the history of state intervention in Indigenous women's labour and employment in Australia and the United States, between 1880 and 1945. Her key research interests are in gender and cross-cultural relationships in history, and she has published widely in the area of Australian histories of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships. Her work focuses on cross-cultural relationships in the period of modern colonialism and post-colonialism, and utilizes comparative and transnational approaches to history, drawing upon a range of traditional and unorthodox sources and methods.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sydney, 12/03/1999
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Sydney, 01/03/1991

Research

Research keywords

  • Aboriginal history
  • Australian history
  • Colonialism
  • Cross-cultural history
  • Dance history
  • Gender history
  • Indigenous history (US, Asia)
  • Women's history

Research expertise

As a cultural and social historian, my main field of research interest is the history of cross-cultural relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, incorporating class and gender analyses into my examination of race and colonialism. Methodologically, I am interested in personal narratives, visual and material culture, and the interactions between popular culture and everyday experience, as well as traditional archival research. I focus particularly on Australian histories and the engagement of white Australian women with Aboriginal people and issues. I am highly committed to collaborative research with Indigenous historians, as I believe that shared histories require shared perspectives and research initiatives. I have held a number of research grants including a current ARC and have published widely in my field.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
210300Historical Studies100

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member - Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Editorial Board.

  • Member - Australian Feminist Studies

Appointments

Visiting Fellow
Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies, Monash University (Australia)
01/09/2009 - 01/11/2009
Fellowship
Australian Research Council (Australia)
01/01/2010
Visiting Scholar
Harvard University, History Department (United States)
01/06/2005 - 01/09/2005

Awards

Publication Award.

2006Unions NSW & ASSLH Best Article in Labour History 2005/06
Unions NSW & the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (Australia)
Research article prize
2002Mary Bennett Prize for Best Article on Women's History
Australian Network for Research in Women's History (Australia)
Research article prize

Recognition.

2011ARC IntReader
Australian Research Council (Australia)
International Reader
1990University Medal
University of Sydney (Australia)
University Medal, University of Sydney

Research Award.

2010ARC Discovery
Australian Research Council (Australia)
Houseboys: A transcolonial history of domestic service in the Asia-Pacific (with Julia Martinez, Claire Lowrie, and Frances Steel)
2009ARC Future Fellowship
Australian Research Council (Australia)
In Her Place: state intervention and Indigenous domestic service in Australia and the United States, 1880-1945
2006Council of State Libraries Fellowship
Mitchell Library (Australia)
Dancing in the Dust: white women and Aboriginal cultural appropriation
2006ARC Discovery
Australian Research Council (Australia)
Domestic Subversions: maternalism and cross-cultural histories

Invitations

Shared Histories, Shared Futures? Representing Interracial Histories in the Museum
Museums Australia, Australia (Keynote Address)
2002
Book Launch, Rethinking Colonial Histories: New and Alternative Approaches
RMIT/History Dept, University of Melbourne, Australia (Book Launch address)
2006
Invited Opening Plenary Chair, Historicizing Whiteness Conference
University of Melbourne, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2006
No Place for a Lady? Reflections on the curious absence of women from the History Wars
The Centre for Public Culture and Ideas, Griffith University, Australia (Keynote Address)
2003

Collaboration

A member of the Research Institute for Social Inclusion and Wellbeing and an associate member of the Umulliko Indigenous Research Institute, Assoc. Prof. Haskins has held Visiting Fellowships with Harvard University and Monash University. She is committed to the principle of collaborative engagement and research with Indigenous communities, colleagues and advisory bodies, and is currently working on a collaborative research project on Indigenous employers with Professor Lynette Russell at Monash University. She is also part of a collaborative ARC research project (2011-2013) with colleagues from the University of Wollongong, on transcolonial cultures of domestic service.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Aboriginal history
  • Australian history
  • Museum studies
  • Women's history

Teaching expertise

I teach Australian social, cultural and political history, with a particular focus on cross-cultural histories (between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people) and women's histories. With background professional experience as a history curator, I have also taught and supervised students in museum studies.

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Highlighted Publications

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

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2002Haskins V, 'Stolen Generations and Vanishing Indians: The Removal of Indigenous Children as a Weapon of War in the United States and Australia, 1870-1940', Children and War: An Anthology, New York University Presss, New York, New York 227-241 (2002) [B1]
2005Haskins V, One Bright Spot, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom, 281 (2005) [A1]
2001Haskins V, 'On the Doorstep: Aboriginal Domestic Service as a ''Contact Zone''', Australian Feminist Studies, 16 13-25 (2001) [C1]
2005Haskins V, '& so we are "Slave owners"!'': Employers and the NSW Aborigines Protection Board Trust Funds', Labour History: a journal of labour and social history, 88 147-164 (2005) [C1]
2005Haskins V, Maynard J, 'Sex, Race and Power: Aboriginal men and white women in Australian history', Australian Historical Studies, 36 191-216 (2005) [C1]
2007Haskins VK, 'Domestic service and frontier feminism - The call for a woman visitor to 'half-caste' girls and women in domestic service, Adelaide, 1925-1928', Frontiers - A Journal of Women Studies, 28 124-164 (2007) [C1]

Publications

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Book (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Haskins VK, Matrons and Maids: Regulating Indian Domestic Service in Tucson, 1914-1934, University of Arizona Press, Tucson, Arizona, 231 (2012) [A1]
2005Haskins V, One Bright Spot, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom, 281 (2005) [A1]
2005Cole A, Haskins V, Paisley F, Uncommon Ground: White Women in Aboriginal History, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, ACT (2005) [A3]

Chapter (9 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Haskins VK, ''Plenty European ladies told me you should give me fair place same as everybody': Gender, race and Aboriginal domestic service', Women's Activism: Global Perspectives from the 1890s to the Present, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon 153-167 (2013) [B1]
2010Talley NJ, Lindor KD, Vargas HE, 'Preface', (2010) [B2]
2009Haskins VK, 'Her old Ayah: The transcolonial significance of the Indian domestic worker in India and Australia', Responding to the West: Essays on Colonial Domination and Asian Agency, Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam, Netherlands 103-115 (2009) [B1]
2008Haskins VK, 'The smoking buggy', Off the Beaten Track: A Journey Across the Nation, National Motor Museum, Birdwood, SA 72-89 (2008) [B2]
2007Haskins VK, 'Dancing in the Dust: A Gendered History of Indigenising Australian Cultural Identity', Intersections: Gender, Race and Ethnicity in Australasian Studies, Prestige Books, Sydney, New South Wales 55-75 (2007) [B1]
2005Haskins V, 'A Devotion I Hope I May Fully Repay: Joan Kingsley-Strack', Uncommon Ground: White women in Aboriginal history, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia 57-79 (2005) [B1]
2004Haskins V, 'Fear the Bitch who Sheds No Tears: The Persistence of the Female Scapegoat in Cultural Representations of Frontier Violence and Stolen Generations', The Regenerative Spirit Volume 2: (Un)settling,(Dis)locations, (Post-)colonial, (Re)Presentations Australian Post-Colonial Reflections, Lythrum Press, Adelaide, South Australia 150-159 (2004) [B1]
2002Haskins V, 'Stolen Generations and Vanishing Indians: The Removal of Indigenous Children as a Weapon of War in the United States and Australia, 1870-1940', Children and War: An Anthology, New York University Presss, New York, New York 227-241 (2002) [B1]
2002Haskins V, 'Aboriginal Histories', The Wakefield Companion to South Australia, Wakefield Press, Adelaide, South Australia 28-30 (2002) [B1]
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Journal article (31 outputs)

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2014Haskins VK, 'The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue: Voices and Images from Sherman Institute. Edited by Clifford E Trafzer, Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, and Lorene Sisquoc (Oregon State University Press, 2012)', Pacific Historical Review, 83 150-151 (2014)
2013Haskins VK, '"Down in the gully & just outside the garden walk": White women and the sexual abuse of Aboriginal women on a colonial Australian frontier', History Australia, 10 11-34 (2013) [C1]
2013Haskins VK, 'Domestic Geographies: The Place of the Outing Matron in Early Twentieth Century Tucson', Australasian Journal of American Studies (AJAS), 32 1-26 (2013) [C1]
2012Haskins VK, 'The chaplain's wife and the native girl re-envisaging a cross-cultural female relationship in the contact zone', Australian Feminist Studies, 27 259-268 (2012) [C1]
2012Haskins VK, 'Science, Sexuality, and Race in the United States and Australia, 1780s-1890s, by Gregory D Smithers (New York: Routledge, 2009)', Australasian Journal of American Studies, 31 79-80 (2012) [C3]
2012Haskins VK, 'A sense of absence, restored', History Australia, 9 247-249 (2012) [C3]
2011Haskins VK, ''The privilege of employing natives': the Quan Sing affair and Chinese-Aboriginal employment in Western Australia, 1889-1934', Aboriginal History, 35 145-160 (2011) [C1]
2011Haskins VK, 'To touch the infinity of a far horizon: A transnational history of transcultural appropriation in Beth Dean's Corroboree (1954)', Australasian Drama Studies, 59 23-38 (2011) [C1]
2011Haskins VK, 'Book review: Aboriginal family and the state: The conditions of history, by Sally Babidge', Anthropological Forum, 21 200-203 (2011) [C3]
2011Haskins VK, 'Stephen Gray, The Protectors: a Journey through Whitefella Past (Allen & Unwin, 2011) [Book Review]', Transnational Literature, 4 1-2 (2011) [C3]
2011Haskins VK, 'Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Anglo-World 1783-1939. By James Belich [Book Review]', Western Historical Quarterly, 42 379 (2011) [C3]
2010Haskins VK, Schedlich-Day S, 'My mate Ellen: Cross-cultural friendship between women in a 'pioneer memoir'', La Trobe Journal, 85 70-192 (2010) [C1]
2009Haskins VK, 'From the centre to the city: Modernity, mobility and mixed-descent Aboriginal domestic workers from central Australia', Womens History Review, 18 155-175 (2009) [C1]
2008Haskins VK, ''Give to us the people we would love to be amongst us': The Aboriginal campaign against Caroline Bulmer's eviction from Lake Tyers Aboriginal Station, 1913-14', Provenance: The Journal of Public Record Office Victoria, 1-12 (2008) [C1]
2008Haskins VK, 'Memsahib and missus: Transcolonial constructions of the white mistress in India and Australia', Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 39/40 221-235 (2008) [C1]
2007Haskins VK, 'Domestic service and frontier feminism - The call for a woman visitor to 'half-caste' girls and women in domestic service, Adelaide, 1925-1928', Frontiers - A Journal of Women Studies, 28 124-164 (2007) [C1]
2007Haskins VK, Jacobs M, 'Editor - Special Issue', Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, 28 (2007) [C2]
2007Haskins VK, 'Review of In Living Memory, State Records Gallery', History Australia, 4 18.1-18.3 (2007) [C3]
2007Haskins VK, Jacobs M, 'Introduction', Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, 28 ix-xvi (2007) [C3]
2006Haskins VK, 'Beyond Complicity: questions and issues for white women in Aboriginal history', Australian Humanities Review, 39-40 (2006) [C1]
2006Haskins V, 'Professional Savages: Captive Lives and Western Spectacle by Roslyn Poignant', API Review of Books, 44 (2006) [C3]
2006Haskins VK, 'Isabel Flick: The many lives of an extraordinary Aboriginal woman', Australian Historical Studies, 37 144-145 (2006) [C3]
2005Haskins V, Maynard J, 'Sex, Race and Power: Aboriginal men and white women in Australian history', Australian Historical Studies, 36 191-216 (2005) [C1]
2005Haskins V, '& so we are "Slave owners"!'': Employers and the NSW Aborigines Protection Board Trust Funds', Labour History: a journal of labour and social history, 88 147-164 (2005) [C1]
2004Haskins V, 'A better chance? sexual abuse and the apprenticeship of Aboriginal girls under the NSW Aborigines Protection Board', Aboriginal History, 28 33-58 (2004) [C1]
2003Haskins V, 'Fear the bitch who sheds no tears: The cultural depiction of the white female scapegoat in Australian historical drama', Lilith: a feminist history journal, 12 50-64 (2003) [C1]
2003Haskins V, ''Could you see to the return of my Daughter': Fathers and daughters under the New South Wales Aborigines protection board child removal policy', Australian Historical Studies, 34 106-121 (2003) [C1]
2002Haskins V, 'Merriwinga, "Place of Dreaming": History and the Stories of Place', Locality: Journal of the ACPH, 2002 123-456 (2002) [C2]
2002Haskins V, 'Turning magpies into canaries: the stories behind the Jedda portraits of the 1950s', The World of Antiques and Art, Dec 2001-June 2002 98-101 (2002) [C3]
2002Haskins V, 'Shared Histories, Shared Futures? (2002) [C3]
2001Haskins V, 'On the Doorstep: Aboriginal Domestic Service as a ''Contact Zone''', Australian Feminist Studies, 16 13-25 (2001) [C1]
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Review (11 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2007Haskins VK, 'Stolen generations', International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (2007) [D2]
2004Haskins V, 'Unearthed: The Aboriginal Tasmanians of Kangaroo Island by Rebe Taylor (Wakefield: 2002) [Book Review]', Australian Historical Studies (2004) [D2]
2004Haskins V, '''Mixed Marriages: Interracial Marriage in Australia'' by June Duncan Owen [Book review]', Australian Historical Studies (2004) [D2]
2003Haskins V, 'Settlers, Servants and Slaves: Aboriginal and European Children in Nineteenth-Century Western Australia by Penelope Hetherington (UWA: 2002) [Book Review]', Lilith (2003) [D2]
2003Haskins V, 'Civilising Subjects: Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination 1830-1867 by Catherine Hall (Polity Press: 2002) [Book Review]', Australian Feminist Studies (2003) [D2]
2003Haskins V, 'A Little Bird Told Me: family secrets, necessary lies, by Lynette Russell (Allen & Unwin, 2002) [Book review]', The Great Circle: Journal of the Australian Association for Maritime History (2003) [D2]
2003Haskins V, 'Stories of Freedom in Black New York by Shane White (Harvard University Press: 2002) [Book Review]', Labour History (2003) [D2]
2003Haskins V, 'Faith: Faith Bandler, Gentle Activist by Marilyn Lake (Allen & Unwin: 2002) [Book Review]', Australian Historical Studies (2003) [D2]
2002Haskins V, 'Confronting Cruelty: Historical Perspectives on Child Protection in Australia, by Dorothy Scott & Shurlee Swain (MUP, 2002) [Book review]', Lilith (2002) [D2]
2001Haskins V, 'Kangushot: The Life of Nyamal Lawman Peter Coppin by J Read & P Coppin (Aboriginal Studies Press: 1999) [Book review]', Studies in Western Australian history (2001) [D2]
2001Haskins V, '''Loving Protection? Australian Feminism and Australian Aboriginal Women''s Rights 1919-1939 [Book review]', Australian Feminist Studies (2001) [D2]
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Conference (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Haskins VK, 'They shew no signs of resistance: Indigenous domestic work in early colonial Australia, 1789 to 1820', Women and Gender in Colonial Contexts (19th-20th centuries), Paris, France (2012) [E3]
2011Haskins VK, ''She might kill the baby I know': Sexuality, infanticide, and Indigenous domestic service in Australia and the USA', Histories of Sexuality, Newcastle, Australia (2011) [E3]
2007Haskins VK, 'Memsahib to Missus: Transcolonial constructions of the female domestic service relationships in India and Australia', ICAS5: International Convention of Asia Scholars 5th Convention. Abstracts, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2007) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants16
Total funding$862,271

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2013 (1 grants)

NSW Centenary of Anzac Commemoration History Fellowship$20,000
Funding Body: NSW Trade & Investment

Project Team
Associate Professor Victoria Haskins
SchemeRole
NSW Centenary of Anzac Commemoration (2014-2018) History FellowshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,00020132015
GNo:G1300889

2011 (3 grants)

Houseboys: A transcolonial history of domestic service in the Asia-Pacific$46,929
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Dr Julia Martinez, Associate Professor Victoria Haskins, Dr Claire Lowrie
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$46,92920112013
GNo:G1001073

Emerging Research Leaders Program 2011$15,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Victoria Haskins
SchemeRole
Emerging Research Leaders ProgramChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020112011
GNo:G1101094

2011 Bershire Conference on the History of Women, University of Massachusetts, Amhert, 9 - 11 June 2011$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Associate Professor Victoria Haskins
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020112011
GNo:G1100655

2010 (1 grants)

21st International Congress of Historical Sciences , Amsterdam, 22 - 28 August 2010$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Associate Professor Victoria Haskins
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020102010
GNo:G1000098

2009 (2 grants)

In Her Place: state intervention and Indigenous domestic service in Australia and United States, 1880-1945$649,102
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Associate Professor Victoria Haskins
SchemeRole
Future FellowshipsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$649,10220092013
GNo:G0189703

Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association Annual Conference 2009, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, 6-8 August 2009.$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Associate Professor Victoria Haskins
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020092009
GNo:G0190447

2008 (2 grants)

2007 Research Development Fellowship$6,079
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Victoria Haskins
SchemeRole
Research Development FellowshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,07920082008
GNo:G0188229

19th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, University of Minnesota, West Bank Campus, Twin Cities, 12/6/2008 - 15/6/2008$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Victoria Haskins
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020082008
GNo:G0188228

2007 (2 grants)

Out on the domestic frontier: An historical study of American Indian domestic service under the US federal outing system$9,489
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Victoria Haskins
SchemeRole
Pilot GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,48920072007
GNo:G0186677

ICAS5 (International Convention of Asia Scholars, Fitth Convention), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2/8/2007 - 5/8/2007$1,397
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Victoria Haskins
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,39720072007
GNo:G0187768

2006 (3 grants)

Domestic subversions:maternalism and cross-cultural histories$100,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Associate Professor Victoria Haskins
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$100,00020062008
GNo:G0186586

Dancing in the Dust: transgressions of gender and race in the ballet Corroboree 1954$2,725
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Victoria Haskins
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,72520062006
GNo:G0186870

50th Anniversary Conference of the Oriental Society of Australia, The Womens Collee, The University of Sydney, 4/12/2006 - 7/12/2006$750
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Victoria Haskins
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$75020062006
GNo:G0187050

2005 (1 grants)

Research travel USA American Indian domestic service$3,600
Funding Body: Flinders University

SchemeRole
Outside Study Leave SupportChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$3,60020052005
GNo:18066830

2002 (1 grants)

Marriages of Inconvenience: Relationships between Aboriginal Men and White Women$1,000
Funding Body: Flinders University

SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,00020022002
GNo:21586825
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions3
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.6

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132017PhD (History)Principal SupervisorEarly Seamen's Missions in Australia
20112018PhD (History)Principal SupervisorThe life and work of Reverend James Robert Beattie Love (1889 - 1947) - transforming, and being transformed by cross-cultural and cross-language relationships
20092018PhD (History)Principal SupervisorGendering Medicine, Gendering War: Australia's Women Doctors and Two World Wars

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2009PhD (History)Principal SupervisorPioneer Women and Social Memory: Shifting Energies, Changing Tensions
2007PHD History
Flinders University
Sole SupervisorThe Moravian Missionaries in Australia
2006PHD History
Flinders University
Principal SupervisorAnnie Heloise Abel
2006PHD Archaeology
Flinders University
Co-SupervisorFarm Archaeology Ruins
2004Masters Archaeology
Flinders University
Co-SupervisorRepresenting women's histories in museums
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Associate Professor Victoria Haskins

Work Phone(02) 4921 5221
Email
PositionAssociate Professor
History
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaHistory
Office
GP116,
General Purposes Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/victoria-haskins