Life On The Job

Associate Professor Clare Wright (14 May 1969 -   ) Historian, Author & Broadcaster.

Portrait of Clare Wright

Clare Wright is a historian who has worked as a political speechwriter, university lecturer, historical consultant and radio and television broadcaster.

Her first book, Beyond the Ladies Lounge: Australia’s Female Publicans, garnered both critical and popular acclaim. Her groundbreaking second book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, which took ten years to research and write, won the 2014 Stella Prize.

In 2016 Clare was awarded the Society of Women Writers Alice Award for her distinguished, long-term contribution to Australian Literature.

Clare researched, wrote and presented the ABC television documentaries Utopia Girls and The War that Changed Us.

She lives in Melbourne with her husband [furniture designer and craftsman Damien Wright] and three children. (Source: Text Publishing)

Introduction

Dr Clare Wright was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1969. She migrated to Australia in 1974 with her mother. (Source: Wikipedia)

About Clare Wright
(Source: website)

 

Education

Clare holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History (University of Melbourne, 1991); a Master of Arts in Public History (Monash University, 1993) and a PhD in Australian Studies (University of Melbourne, 2002).

From 2004 – 2009, Clare was an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in History at La Trobe University.

She has received two prestigious awards for her academic research: the Serle Award presented by the Australian Historical Association for the best postgraduate contribution to Australian History for her doctoral thesis ‘Beyond the Ladies Lounge: A History of Female Publicans in Victoria, 1875-1945’ and the Max Kelly Medal, presented by the History Council of NSW for the most outstanding work by an emerging historian for her essay ‘Of Private Lives and Public Houses: Female Publicans as Domestic Entrepreneurs’.

Clare is currently an Associate Professor in History at La Trobe University where she is employed as a Principal Research Fellow and ARC Future Fellow, writing a new history of mining in Australia.

Clare is a member of the Professional Historians Association and the Australian Historical Association.
(Source: website)

Opportunities & Experiences

In 2012 Wright researched, wrote and presented the television history documentary Utopia Girls: How Women Won the Vote, which was broadcast on ABC1. Utopia Girls was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's History Awards for Best Multimedia History.

She developed, co-wrote and appears in the four-part docudrama series The War That Changed Us, which was first broadcast on ABC1 in August 2014 to commemorate the centenary of World War I. The War That Changed Us won an ATOM Award for Best Documentary and was nominated for a Logie for Most Outstanding Factual Program.

Wright has appeared as an expert interviewee in many other television history documentaries, including

  • Dirty Business: How Mining Made Australia (SBS),
  • The Royal Wreck of Gold (Foxtel) and
  • Bodyline: The Ultimate Challenge (ABC1).

In 2016, Wright won the Alice Literary Award, presented by the Australian Society for Women Writers, for 'distinguished and long-term contribution to literature by an Australian woman'.  
(Source: Wikipedia)


Links

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Clare Wright website

bullet.gif (981 bytes)La Trobe University - Staff Profile

La Trobe



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Wikipedia
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Lateline


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Facebook

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Women's trust
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Book Club


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The Conversation

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The conversation
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The Conversation
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The Conversation
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The conversation
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The Conversation
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The Conversation

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The Conversation
bullet.gif (981 bytes)The Conversation 29 January 2021

The Conversation
 
bullet.gif (981 bytes)ABC - Radio National - Podcast - Shooting the Past

Shooting the Past
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Making waves, Making History

bullet.gif (981 bytes)YouTube Videos


bullet.gif (981 bytes)YouTube: Clare Wright - The Victorian Goldfields - Slim pickings for Women
https://youtu.be/https://youtu.be/lHyT4rqwqTY





bullet.gif (981 bytes)YouTube: Clare Wright, 'The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka' - Inspiring Philanthropy Celebration 2014
https://youtu.be/https://youtu.be/B5n4ogYbpcg




bullet.gif (981 bytes)YouTube: Clare Wright - Looking For Her Presence
https://youtu.be/https://youtu.be/eSOLtBHzg0k




bullet.gif (981 bytes)YouTube: Clare Wright on Australian history
https://youtu.be/https://youtu.be/u-4GC4PzImY




bullet.gif (981 bytes)YouTube: Stella Prize winner Clare Wright in conversation with John Purcell
https://youtu.be/https://youtu.be/Ccormoc2VhA




bullet.gif (981 bytes)YouTube: The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, by Clare Wright
https://youtu.be/P-4h7B1Eiss


 

Activities

bullet.gif (981 bytes)History or HIS-Story: Is this the case with the Eureka Stockade?

MiddleMiddle High SchoolSecondary

Literacy Australian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

Critical & Creative ThinkingAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical & Creative Thinking

Ethical Understanding Australian Curriculum General Capability: Ethical Understanding

 

1. Dr Clare Wright, Associate Professor in History, has researched the Eureka Stockade from the perspective of the women involved. Her book The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, is a revisionist work that addresses the little-acknowledged role of women in the Eureka Rebellion.

As a class, watch the following video at the Victorian Women's Trust below:


 Making waves, Making History 24 July 2017 Video

Making waves, Making History

2. What are Dr Wright's claims? Write a list of at least 5 claims. Share with a partner.

3. Dr Wright writes about the following women:

Martha Clendenning Anastasia Hayes Sarah Hanmer
Catherine Bentley Ellen Young Clara Seekemp, 2

4. Read their stories and their involvement. If you can get a copy of Professor Wright's book for teenagers "We are the Rebels" about this history - it will give more detail.  

We are the Rebels

5. Debate

As a class, debate the question: Does the study of the Eureka Stockade including the role women play enliven history for you? Why? Why not?

6. Reflection

After reading or exploring Clare Wright's Eureka, address the big question as a class:



History or HIS-Story: Is this the case with the Eureka Stockade?

 

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