Ms Judith Conway

Ms Judith Conway

Research student

Career Summary


Jude Conway is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Newcastle NSW. She is researching the women's movement in Newcastle in the 1970s and 1980s through the lens of her mother Josephine Conway's feminist archives.

After widespread reading for her thesis, Jude has also developed a passion for writing and speaking about women who have stood out in the history of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley but have been poorly covered in the literature

Jude originally obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Mathematics and Psychology and a Dip Ed from the University of Newcastle in the early 1970s. She began her working life as a Mathematics teacher but altered course to work in a range of community organisations in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley, Darwin and Timor-Leste.

In 1998 Jude obtained a graduate diploma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies for Northern Territory University.

Jude is an activist at heart and was deeply involved in the Timorese struggle for independence and the creation of a new nation. Her first publication was an East Timor International Support Center monograph Indonesia's Death Squads: Getting Away With Murder, Darwin, May 1999.

This was followed by Step by Step: Women of East Timor, Stories of Resistance and Survival, Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press, 2010.

Subsequent publications

2015 ‘Josephine Conway and the Right to Choose Abortion Coalition’ in James Bennett, Nancy Cushing and Erik Eklund (eds) Radical Newcastle, Sydney: Newsouth, 177-185.

2015 ‘Hazel Evans “better known than Nobbys”’, Newcastle Family History Society Journal, no 210, June 2015,14-16.

2014 ‘Sister Savage survives a sinking ship’, Watermark: Hunter Valley Writing, Catchfire Press,  2014, 44-50.

2014 ‘The one true church of Australia’, Watermark: Hunter Valley Writing, Catchfire Press,  2014, 209-212 .

2014 ‘The Radical Reverend Joan Hore’, Newcastle Family History Society Journal, no 206, June 2014, 15-17.

2012 Editor of the English version of Secrecy: The Key to Independence by Laura Abrantes and Beba Sequeira, Blue Mountains East Timor Sisters Project, 2012.

Approved publication for 2017, co-author with Dr Julie McIntyre

‘Imperial, intimate, intergenerational: feminine mobilities in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley’ in Colonial History Journal

Talks and papers

‘Two radical Hunter Valley women: Rose Selwyn and Rose Scott’

Newcastle Family History Society, 7 June 2016.

Eastlakes U3A, 9 August 2016

They would still be doing the dishes after the revolution’: The intersection of old and new left women and second wave feminists in the celebration of International Women’s Day in Newcastle, NSW, 1970 – 1990

Australian Women’s History Network conference, Melbourne,  31 March 2016

The early history of the centre

Celebration of 40 years of the Hunter Women’s Centre, Mayfield, 8 March 2016.

Newcastle & Hunter Valley Women’s Historical Database with case studyof Reverend Joan Hore, ‘too radical for Newcastle’

Society of Australian Geneologists,  Sydney 26 September, 2015

The infamous convict Molly Morgan’

Society of Australian Geneologists,  Sydney 26 September, 2015

Newcastle Family History Society 5 July 2016

Writing histories of women’s liberation: then and now, panel member

Australian Women’s History Network Symposium, Sydney, 8 July 2015

Former students of Newcastle Girls High who are, or were, in their own fields, what I most highly value: feminists and social activists.

Newcastle Girls High School Reunion luncheon, 13 September 2014

How East Timorese Women Contributed to their Struggle for Independence

Newcastle Union of Australian Women’s annual International Women’s Day dinner 

7 March 2014

What did the women’s movement do other than burn their bras?

Newcastle Older Women’s Network’s International Women’s Day event

7 March 2013

My involvement in the struggle for East Timor's Independence and some of the brave Timorese women I met along the way.

Jessie Street National Women’s Library lunchtime talk, Sydney, 16 August 2012

Summarised as ‘Brave Women of Timor’ in

Jessie Street National Women’s Library newsletter, Vol 23, no 4, November 2012, 8,11.

Web publications

Image history of International Women’s Day in Newcastle from 1944 to 2011, comprising scans of newspaper photos, personal photos, posters and leaflets for the University of Newcastle Radical Newcastle website:

Written and visual summary of my on-going research into Darwin activism for the self-determination of East Timor in the 1990s and beyond, is on the Companion to East Timor website established by Dr Clinton Fernandes, Associate Professor, International and Political Studies Program, UNSW Canberra.


  • East Timorese women
  • Hunter Valley
  • Newcastle
  • Newcastle
  • history of women
  • women's history
  • women's movement


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

Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Conway J, Step by Step Women of East Timor, Stories of Resistance and Survival, 241 (2010)

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Conway J, 'Josephine Conway and the Right to Choose Abortion Coalition', Radical Newcastle, NewSouth, Sydney (2015)

Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Conway J, 'The Battle for Custodianship of International Women's Day in Newcastle, New South Wales', Lilith: a feminist history journal, 23 47-61 (2017)
2017 McIntyre JA, Conway J, 'Intimate, Imperial, Intergenerational: Settler Women's Mobilities and Gender Politics in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley', Journal of Australian Colonial History, 19 161-184 (2017) [C1]
Co-authors Julie Mcintyre


Walking through the history of Newcastle's Women

March 22, 2017

University of Newcastle researchers have uncovered fascinating historical stories highlighting how key female personalities have shaped Newcastle’s history.

Ms Judith Conway