Anne O'Brien

Professor

Anne O’Brien is Professor of History in the School of Humanities and Languages at UNSW.  Her interests in social and cultural history focus on Australia in its transnational context.

She is the author of three monographs, Poverty’s Prison: The Poor in NSW, 1880-1918, God’s Willing Workers: Women and Religion in Australia and Philanthropy and Settler Colonialism. She has written numerous articles and book chapters in the fields of women’s and gender history, religious history and welfare history.

Her current major research project is 'Homelessness and Homeless People: an Australian History', a project undertaken with Dr Heather Holst, Deputy CEO of Launch Housing, for which they were granted an ARC Discovery Project Grant 2018-20. She is currently supervising/co-supervising 3 PhD students and has supervised/co-supervised 15 completed PhDs.

Publications

Books
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O'Brien AP, 2014, Philanthropy and settler colonialism, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstock, http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/philanthropy-and-settler-colonialism-anne-obrien/?K=9781137440495
2014
O Brien AP, 2005, God`s Willing Workers: women and religion in Australia, Original, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney
2005
O'Brien AP, 1988, Poverty's Prison: The Poor in New South Wales, 1880-1918, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne
1988
Book Chapters
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O'Brien A, 2019, ''Homeless women': Histories of emotion and justice', in Aggleton P; Broom, A; Moss J (ed.), , Routledge, New York: London, pp. 25 - 37, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781351010498
2019
O'Brien A, 2019, ''Homeless women': Histories of emotion and justice', in Aggleton P; Broom, A; Moss J (ed.), Practical Justice: principle, practice and social change, Routledge, New York: London, pp. 25 - 37,
2019
O'Brien AP, 2015, 'Australian Methodist Women', in Methodism in Australia, edn. Ashgate Methodist Studies Series, Ashgate, pp. 211 - 224, http://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=637&title_id=20380&edition_id=1209351326&calcTitle=1
2015
O'Brien AP, 2014, ''Christian Church Workers'', in Smart J; Swain S (ed.), The Encyclopaedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia, Australian Women's Archives Project, Melbourne, http://www.womenaustralia.info/leaders/biogs/WLE0033b.htm
2014
O'Brien AP, 2013, 'Religion', in Macintyre S; Bashford A (ed.), The Cambridge History of Australia : Volume 1 Indigenous and Colonial Australia, edn. 1st, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 414 - 437, http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/history/australian-history/cambridge-history-australia
2013
O'Brien AP, 2012, 'Women in the churches before 1992: 'No obtrusive womanhood'', in Lindsay E; Scarfe J (ed.), Preachers, prophets and heretics: Anglican women's ministry, edn. Original, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 30 - 54
2012
O Brien AP, 2012, 'The 'fully-ordained meat pie problem': women church workers and leadership under Australian democracy', in Francis R; Grimshaw P; Standish A (ed.), Seizing the initiative: Australian women leaders in politics, workplaces and communities, edn. Original, The University of Melbourne: eScholarship Research Centre, Melbourne, pp. 293 - 300
2012
O Brien AP, 2011, 'Maude O'Connell and 'the need of the mother'', in Davis F; Musgrove N; Smart J (ed.), Feminists, Firsts and Founders: women leaders in twentieth century Australia, edn. Original, e-Scholarship Research Centre, University of Melbourne., Melbourne, pp. 105 - 129
2011
O Brien AP, 2009, ''The Irish origins of Australian Catholicism' [7000 words] in James Jupp (ed) The Encyclopedia of Religion in Australia, Cambridge University Press, 2009', in Jupp J (ed.), The Encyclopaedia of Religion in Australia, edn. Original, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 235 - 245
2009
O Brien AP, 2008, 'Saving the `Empty North`: Religion and Empire in Australia', in Carey HM (ed.), Empires of Religion, edn. Original, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 177 - 196
2008
O Brien AP, 2006, '`A little lower than the angels`: WK Hancock and professing history in Australia', in Agendas for Australian Anglicanism: essays in honour of Bruce Kaye, edn. 1, Australasian Theological Forum, Hindmarsh, South Australia, Australia, pp. 171 - 191
2006
O Brien AP, 2002, 'Anglicanism and gender issues', in Kaye B (ed.), Anglicanism in Australia, edn. First, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, pp. 270 - 292
2002
Journal articles
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O’Brien A, 2018, 'National Shame/National Treasure: Narrating Homeless Veterans in Australia 1915–1930s', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 49, pp. 167 - 183, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1031461x.2018.1449872
2018
O'Brien A, 2017, 'How History Can Challenge the Narrative of Blame for Homelessness', The Conversation,
2017
O'Brien AP, 2017, 'Homeless women and the problem of visibility: Australia 1900-1940', Women's History Review, vol. 27, pp. 1 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09612025.2018.1392275
2017
O'Brien AP, 2016, 'Catholic Nuns in Transnational Mission, 1528-2015', Journal of Global History, vol. 11, pp. 387 - 408, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1740022816000206
2016
O'Brien AP, 2015, 'Hunger and the Humanitarian frontier', Aboriginal History, vol 39: http://press.anu.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/article05.pdf, vol. 39, pp. 109 - 134, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000378259400006&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2015
O Brien AP, 2012, 'Dorcas and the Do-nothings: Reflections on Histories of Women in the Church', Church Heritage, vol. 17, pp. 242 - 248
2012
O Brien AP, 2011, 'Humanitarianism and reparation in colonial Australia', Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, vol. 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/cch.2011.0016
2011
O'Brien A, 2011, 'Pauperism Revisited', AUSTRALIAN HISTORICAL STUDIES, vol. 42, pp. 212 - 229, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1031461X.2010.531746
2011
O Brien AP, 2008, 'Charity and Philanthropy', Sydney Journal, vol. 1, pp. 18 - 28
2008
O Brien AP, 2008, 'Creating the Aboriginal Pauper: Missionary Ideas in early 19th century Australia', Social Sciences and Missions, vol. 21, pp. 6 - 30
2008
O Brien AP, 2008, '`All creatures of the Living God`: Religion and Leprosy in turn of the century Queensland', History Australia, vol. 5, pp. 1 - 16
2008
O Brien AP, 2008, 'Missionary masculinities, the homoerotic gaze and the politics of race: Gilbert White in Northern Australia', Gender and History, vol. 20, pp. 68 - 85
2008
O Brien AP, 2008, '`Kitchen Fragments and Garden Stuff` - Poor law discourse and indigenous people in early colonial New South Wales', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 39, pp. 150 - 166, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10314610802033148
2008
O Brien AP, 2007, 'Rethinking Blasphemy: religious ideas in the writings of WK Hancock, Manning Clark and Russel Ward', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 38, pp. 228 - 243, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10314610708601244
2007
O Brien AP, 2007, 'Rethinking blasphemy - Religious ideas in the writings of W. K. Hancock, manning Clark and russel ward', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 38, pp. 228 - 243, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10314610708601244
2007
O'Brien A, 2006, 'Faith, fetes and domesticity in Australia', WOMENS HISTORY REVIEW, vol. 15, pp. 719 - 735, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09612020600938665
2006
O Brien AP, 2003, 'Australian Women Missionaries', Locality, vol. Winter, pp. 5 - 7
2003
O'Brien A, 2002, 'Spirituality and work - Sydney women, 1920-1960', AUSTRALIAN HISTORICAL STUDIES, vol. 33, pp. 373 - 388, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10314610208596226
2002
O Brien AP, 2001, 'Revisiting `family values`', Values, pp. 1 - 4
2001
Carey HM; Breward I; Doumanis N; Frappell R; Hilliard D; Massom K; O Brien AP; Thompson RC, 2001, 'Australian Religion Review, 1980-2000, Part 2: Christian denominations', Journal of Religious History, vol. 25, pp. 56 - 82, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9809.00121
2001
O Brien AP, 2000, 'Militant mothers: Faith, power and identity in the Mothers` Union in Sydney, 1896-1950', Womens History Review, vol. 9, pp. 35 - 53, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09612020000200236
2000
O Brien AP; Carey HM; Breward I; Rutland SD; Thompson RC, 2000, 'Australian religion review, 1980-2000, Part 1: Surveys, bibliographies and religions other than Christianity', Journal of Religious History, pp. 247 - 362
2000
O Brien AP, 2000, 'Playing second fiddle for Christ`s sake: Women, religion and history', Women-Church, pp. 13 - 16
2000
O Brien AP, 1997, 'Sins of Omission: Women in the History of Australian Religion and Religion in the History of Australian Women', Australian Historical Studies, pp. 126 - 134
1997
O Brien AP, 1996, 'The case of the cultivated man: class, gender and the Church of the Establishment in interwar Australia', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 2, pp. 242 - 256
1996
Other
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O'Brien A, 2018, Listening to homeless women: history and the role of the media in the campaign for better policy, ABC Online
2018
O'Brien A, 2018, Homelessness, Policy and the Media: How a Long Lens Helps, Australian Policy and History, 23 October 2018; http://aph.org.au/homelessness-policy-and-the-media-how-a-long-lens-helps/
2018
O'Brien A, 2018, Listening to homeless women: history and the role of the media in the campaign for better policy, ABC Online,
2018
O'Brien AP, 2018, 'No Foreign Country: Indigenous History is Essential to Counter Neoliberal Ideology' ABC Religion and Ethics, Opinion https://www.abc.net.au/religion/no-foreign-country-indigenous-history-is-essential-to-counter-ne/10214316
2018
O'Brien AP; Holst H, 2017, How history can challenge the narrative of blame for homelessness, https://theconversation.com/how-history-can-challenge-the-narrative-of-blame-for-homelessness-80617
2017
O'Brien A, 2017, How History Can Challenge the Narrative of Blame for Homelessness, The Conversation Media Group, https://theconversation.com/how-history-can-challenge-the-narrative-of-blame-for-homelessness-80617
2017