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  1. 6 October 2021 - Humanities

    Don’t forget the sweets!

    Child letters are rare in the historical record but like those of a young Malcolm Fraser they are a unique window on history says University of Melbourne expert

  2. 4 January 2021 - Design

    The importance of Australia’s Big Things

    What’s the point of Big Things like the Big Banana or the Big Prawn? Well, University of Melbourne experts say they’re kitsch fun but they also connect us.

  3. 15 March 2020 - Humanities

    Kangaroo hunting in colonial Australia

    A new book by University of Melbourne experts explores the kangaroo as a quarry, a resource and a conflict between settlers and Australia’s Aboriginal people.

  4. 13 February 2020 - Humanities

    Our savage history of fighting bushfires

    As Australia endures horror bushfires, a new project by the University of Melbourne is discovering the country’s historical firefighters who lost their lives.

  5. 16 October 2019 - Humanities

    Mapping back to a lost childhood

    An interactive online map of Australian care homes, developed at the University of Melbourne, is helping those who grew up in care to track down their history.

  6. 1 August 2019 - Design

    Australian Modernism’s Top 10: Part Two

    Modernist design changed the way Australia looks: two University of Melbourne experts look at the legacy of modernism and the iconic architecture it created.

  7. 1 August 2019 - Design

    Australian Modernism’s Top 10: Part One

    Modernist design changed the way Australia looks: two University of Melbourne experts look at the legacy of modernism and the iconic architecture it created.

  8. 7 June 2019 - Humanities

    What history can really teach us

    History is too intricate to teach simple lessons, but studying it helps in understanding the complexities of the present says a University of Melbourne expert

  9. 24 April 2019 - Humanities

    A toast to Anzac Day

    A celebratory drink is part of Australia's ANZAC tradition but as a University of Melbourne historian explains drinking on the day has always been controversial

  10. 31 March 2019 - Health & Wellbeing

    The birth of syphilis surveillance in Melbourne

    Syphilis is on the rise again, almost a century after Melbourne led the way in collecting data on the venereal disease says a University of Melbourne expert.