Dr Carolyn Holbrook

Dr Carolyn Holbrook is working on a history of Australians’ attitudes towards their federal system of government. She is interested in the nature of state, national and imperial attachments and how they have been affected by geography, events and the passage of time. Her other major project is a collaboration with Professor James Walter at Monash University about the history of Australian public policy since the 1940s, with a particular focus on indigenous, refugee, housing and employment policies. Carolyn’s book about the history of how Australians have remembered the First World War, Anzac: The Unauthorised Biography, was published in 2014.




 –       with Keir Reeves (eds), The Great War: Aftermath and Commemoration, UNSW Press, Sydney, forthcoming November 2019.

–         Anzac: The Unauthorised Biography, NewSouth, Sydney, 2014. (Winner NSW Premier’s History Prize 2015 and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards 2015, shortlisted CHASS Prize and Asher Literary Award, 2015).

Book Chapters

–           with Keir Reeves, ‘The Great War: Commemoration and Aftermath’, in Carolyn Holbrook and Keir Reeves (eds), The Great War: Aftermath and Commemoration, UNSW Press, Sydney, forthcoming, November 2019.

–           ‘Making Sense of the Great War Centenary’, in Carolyn Holbrook and Keir Reeves (eds), The Great War: Aftermath and Commemoration, UNSW Press, Sydney, forthcoming, November 2019.

–           ‘Paul Keating Wins Historic Sixth Term for Labor Party’, in Peter Stanley (ed.), Victory on Gallipoli and Other ‘What-ifs’ of Australian History, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 2018, pp. 200-07.

–           ‘Gendered Perspectives on Anzac’, Gender Innovation in the Social Sciences, Gender Institute ANU, Canberra, 2017, online.

–           ‘Adaptable Anzac: Past, Present and Future’, in David Stephens and Alison Bronowski, The Honest History Book, New South, Sydney, 2017, pp. 48-63.

–            ‘Anzac on TV’, in Michelle Arrow, Jeannine Baker and Clare Monagle, (eds), Small Screens: Essays on Contemporary Television, Monash University Publishing, Melbourne, 2016, pp. 48-64.

–           ‘”Commemorators-in Chief”: Australian Politicians and the Anzac Legend’, in Tom Frame, (ed.), Anzac Day: Then and Now, New South, Sydney, 2016, pp. 214-31.

– ‘Nationalism and War Memory in Australia’, in Michael Walsh and Andrekos Varnava, Australia and the Great War, Melbourne University Publishing, Melbourne, 2016, pp. 218-39.

–  with Bart Ziino, ‘Family History and the Great War in Australia’, in Bart Ziino (ed.) Remembering the First World War, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, 2015, pp. 39–55.

–           ‘Protest or Propaganda? Psychology and Australian Memory of the Great War’, Phillip Deery and Julie Kimber (eds), Fighting Against War: Peace Activism in the Twentieth Century, Leftbank Press, Melbourne, 2015, pp. 291–312.

–           ‘Historiography 1918-today (Australia)’, 1914-1918-Online, International Encyclopedia of the First World War, 2015.


Journal Articles

 –           ‘The Anzac Legend in Australian Society: Recent Historiographical Debates’, Teaching History Journal, History Teachers’ Association of New South Wales, April 2019.

–           ‘Redesigning Collaborative Governance for Refugee Settlement Services’, Journal of Australian Political Science, forthcoming 2019.

–           ‘Family History, Great War Memory and the Anzac Revival’, Social Alternatives. vol. 7, no. 3.

–           with James Walter, ‘Policy Narratives in Historical Transition: A Case Study in Contemporary History’, Australian Historical Studies, vol. 49, no. 2, 2018, pp. 221-36.

 –           “’What Sort of Nation?’: A Cultural History of Australians and their Federation’, History Compass, vol. 15, no. 11, 2017.

–           ‘Are We Brainwashing Our Children? The Place of Anzac in Australian History’, Agora, vol. 51, no. 4, 2016, pp. 16-22.

–           ‘The Transformation of Labor Party Immigration Policy, 1901–1945’, Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 40, no. 4, 2016, pp. 403-17.

–           with Nathan Wise, ‘In the Shadow of Anzac: Labor Historiography of the First World War in Australia’, History Compass, no. 14, vol. 7, 2016, pp. 314-25.

–           ‘The Collaboration of Intellectuals and Politicians in the Post-war Reconstruction: A Reassessment’ Australian Historical Studies, vol. 47, no. 2, 2016, pp. 278-94.

–           with James Walter, ‘Housing in a Federation: From Wicked Problem to Policy Cascade’, Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 74, no. 4, 2015, pp. 448–66.

–           ‘”Remembering with Advantages”: Nationalism and Australian Memory of the Great War’, Comillas Journal of International Relations, no. 2, 2015, pp. 27–40.

–           ‘The Role of Nationalism in Australian War Literature of the 1930s’, First World War Studies, vol. 5, no. 2, 2014, pp. 213–31.

–           ‘Marxism for Beginner Nations: Radical Nationalist Historians and the Great War’, Labour History, no. 103, 2012, pp. 123-44. (Winner 2013 Gollan Prize for Australian Labour History).