This research project explores the history of Australian women during World War I, and their diverse personal stories of war, drawing on a wide range of historical records and sources.

The study reaches out to the community through a blog hosted by the University of Newcastle and facilitates award-winning postgraduate research on the topic, as well as several publications. This study is supported by a NSW Centenary of Anzac Commemoration (2014-2018) History Fellowship (Arts NSW).

Competitive advantage

  • Strong track record and international profile in women's history and Indigenous history
  • Research environment for histories of violence and war


  • Multiple public speaking engagements, including NSW History Week 2014
  • Selected for an ABC Radio National broadcast on Remembrance Day 2014
  • International exposure, including an appearance on Tony Robinson's Tour of Duty 2015
  • National exposure, including radio and television interviews and a special ABC Anzac Day national news bulletin
  • Blog promoted widely, including by Honest History

Capabilities and facilities

  • Historical research and presentations

Successful applications of research

  • Understanding the historical impact and effect of war in women's lives and Australia


  • Arts NSW
  • State Library of New South Wales
  • National Library of Australia

Further reading on: Human Factors

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