Category Archives: History

Old Husband’s Tales


Producer: Michael Schubert
Old Husbands’ Tales : Businesswomen in Sydney 1850-1950

Using modern digital archives to look back into our colonial history, Catherine Bishop found that women in early Australia were far more than merely ‘colonial helpmeets’ supporting their settler husbands. Many colonial women in both Australia and New Zealand were engaged in earning a living. Often this involved starting a small business – as a dressmaker or publican, grocer or theatrical entrepreneur – or inheriting an enterprise from a dead husband – such as an ironmongery, butcher’s shop or jewellery business.

FEATURED

Dr Catherine Bishop is a historian who researches Australian, New Zealand and international history, with a particular focus on women.   She received a PhD from the Australian National University in 2012 and is now a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Junior Research Fellow at the University of Sydney.

She has published a number of articles and her first book Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney was published in October 2015. This book was awarded the 2016 Ashurst Business Literature Prize. She has contributed to the Dictionary of Sydney. She was the Australian Religious History Fellow at the State Library of New South Wales in 2016. She was also the recipient of a New Zealand History Trust Award and won the Australian Women’s History Network Mary Bennett prize.

Her research interests include businesswomen in New Zealand and Australia, female missionaries, the International Federation of Business and Professional Women and the Daily Mail and Herald Tribune World Youth Forums of the post World War Two era. She is also interested in heritage, particularly in the way women’s history has been memorialised.

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HELP WITH CATHERINE’S RESEARCH

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EPISODE TITLE

The title was inspired by an article by Leonore Davidoff  entitled Regarding Some Old Husbands’ Tales: Public and Private in Feminist History [in Worlds Between: Historical Perspectives on Gender and Class, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1995].


 

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FEATURED

Dr Siobhan McHugh is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Siobhan is an internationally recognised award-winning writer, oral historian and broadcaster, whose work over three decades has been concerned with capturing and transforming marginalised voices through the affective power of sound and storytelling.

She has written social histories, authored over 60 radio documentaries and created oral history archives on themes ranging from society and culture to war, history and the environment, which are held at the National Library of Australia, State Library of New South Wales and City of Sydney.

Siobhan’s practice-based and practice-led research straddles industry and the academic world. Her creative work has won the NSW Premier’s Award for Non-Fiction and gold and bronze awards at the New York Radio Festival and been shortlisted for the UN Media Peace Prize (Australia), the NSW Premier’s History Prize, and a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism. Siobhan’s theoretical research interests include the evolution and impact of audio storytelling and podcasting, critical analysis of the radio documentary/feature form, orality and aurality in oral history and the affective power of voice.

She is founding editor of RadioDoc Review, the first scholarly journal dedicated to critical analysis of the crafted audio feature/podcast form and is a member of the editorial board of The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media and a peer reviewer for US-based journal Oral History Review, where her article, The Affective Power of Sound: Oral History on Radio is among the journal’s most cited. It has been included in the third edition of the Routledge Oral History Reader considered the most significant anthology of international oral history scholarship.

Siobhan’s research interests include:

  • Radio documentary and podcasting studies
  • Critical analysis of audio storytelling
  • Oral history interviewing as inter-subjective dialogue
  • Long-form narrative journalism studies
  • Orality and aurality in oral history
  • Audio as vector for affect and emotion

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PUBLICATIONS : PDF

The Aerobic Art of Interviewing, from the Asia Pacific Media Educator
How Podcasting is Changing the Audio Storytelling Genre, from Researchgate
Audio Storytelling; Unlocking the Power of Audio to Inform,  Empower and Connect, from Researchgate

PUBLICATIONS : LINKS

Why S-Town invites empathy not voyeursim, on The  Conversation
The Power of Voice
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Audio Storytelling and the Affective Power of Voice, on the Wheeler Centre website
The Power of Podcasting, on myndset

WWW LINKS

Siobhan McHugh website
RadioDoc Review website