Agora 2016-3 Voices for Change

Voices for Change | Agora vol. 51 no. 3 (2016)

Voices for Change

Agora vol. 51 no. 3 (2016)

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Editorial Alan Tiller

President's Introduction Ashley Wood

Original research

Voting Valkyries: The First Australian Feminists
Rachel Towns

Australian women gained a number of political, civil and social rights in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with access to academic studies, the right to vote and welfare provisions. While these rights may seem relatively small to us now, they were considered substantial at the time and paved the way for future gains.

Reflections on the theme

The 1969 Aboriginal Takeover of the Victorian Aborigines Advancement League – Indigenous and Black Power Inspirations
Emeritus Professor Richard Broome

Transformations in thinking and overseas influences in the 1960s and 1970s led Aboriginal people to a newfound pride in their Aboriginality and the desire to seek changes to the Aboriginal condition and take control of their own affairs.

The Forces Driving Financial Deregulation in Australia in the 1980s
Dr Anthony Stokes

Was financial deregulation inevitable in the 1980s?

Always Was, Always Will Be?
James Boyce

In the following text from a keynote speech given to the School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV) Conference in November 2015, author James Boyce discusses some of the effects that the European settlement of the Port Phillip District had on the Indigenous population and argues that different political choices at the time not only could have been made, but should have been made.

Australia at War: The Challenges and Opportunities for Women during World War II
Jacqueline Dinan

World War II changed women’s lives and their place in society forever. This article contains extracts from Jacqueline Dinan’s book Between the Dances, an eclectic collection of short stories from women who lived through World War II.

Empires of Ancient Mesopotamia
Dr Andrew Jamieson

The empires of ancient Mesopotamia are defined by dominant rulers and well-documented events. The available data on Mesopotamian empires is abundant and diverse, making them of special interest in the study of ancient empires.


From Working Man’s Paradise to Land Fit for Heroes?
Dr Dianne C. McDonald

What visions and actions shaped the new nation of Australia, and in which particular ways did participation in World War I confirm, add to or disrupt these visions? This article provides a framework for considering these issues.

Teaching ideas

The Anti-Conscription and Anti-Vietnam War Movements in Australia
Alexandra Pierce

How can an examination of the anti-conscription and anti-Vietnam War movements in Australia help students to develop historical thinking skills?

Vikings – A Differentiated Approach
Jacki Tossol and Kate Mullins

The following differentiated research task based on the Year 8 Vikings depth study aims to engage, motivate and challenge students.

A Teacher Chaperone Experience: A Trip That Changed the Way I Teach
Brendan Bawden

Chaperoning students on an overseas study tour of World War I sites as part of the Spirit of Anzac Prize was an emotional, educational and rewarding experience that changed the way I teach about the Great War in the classroom.

National History Challenge Exhibition
Dr Jo Clyne

Inspired by the enthusiasm of students and the standard of their entries for the National History Challenge, an exhibition was set up at the Victorian Archives Centre to showcase their work.


Weight of Evidence
by Matt Murphy
Reviewed by Andrew McCormick, Werrimull P–12 School

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