Agora (2016/Issue 3) – Voices for Change

Agora is a journal of curated professional reading for history teachers. This digital download covers a broad range of articles about social movements.

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Editorial | Alan Tiller
President’s Introduction | Ashley Wood


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.


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
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.

A Tale of Two Worlds: The Ainu and the Wajin | Phillip O’Brien
The indigenous Ainu peoples of Hokkaido and the surrounding islands existed for centuries as traders and hunters. Contact with the mainland Japanese (Wajin) and a policy of assimilation were to change their way of life immeasurably.


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.