Welcome 2019! We hope it is a safe and fulfilling year for all ANZEHN members.

We are fortunate to welcome three new members to the ANZEHN executive committee: Claire Brennan, Daniel Rothenberg and Benjamin Wilkie. A lecturer at James Cook University, Claire’s current research focuses on crocodile hunting in tropical Australia. Daniel is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Tübingen, Germany, currently working on a history of farming communities and salinity in the Murray-Darling Basin in the 20th and 21st century. Within a broader research agenda encompassing environmental, migration, and imperial and colonial histories, Benjamin is particularly interested in histories of diverse protected areas, from national parks to military training areas. Read more about their work on the members page.

It is sure to be another lively year for environmental history in Australasia and beyond. Planning is well underway for the Green Stream at the Australian Historical Association Conference in Toowoomba: the Call for Papers is here and we encourage members to consider submitting a panel or paper proposal. The ANZEHN committee is also presently seeking funding for a workshop on teaching environmental history and considering how to establish more prizes for excellence in environmental history. We will also be continuing to bring you the latest news, opportunities and research findings via the website and newsletter, as well as our regular publication round-up. If you have ideas or suggestions for the committee please let me know via email to [email protected] and if you have news or opportunities to share please contact Emily O’Gorman on [email protected] 

We look forward to working as an expanded committee to develop and represent Australasian environmental history over the coming year.

Andrea Gaynor, Convenor

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