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City Program

Archive Fever

Fri 10 Sep, 12pm
State Library Victoria, Conversation Quarter

In a special recording of the peak-nerd podcast Archive Fever, historians and hosts Clare Wright and Yves Rees dig into political record-keeping with guests Emeritus professor Judith Brett (The Enigmatic Mr Deakin) and former MP Kate Ellis (Sex, Lies and Question Time). Launching the third season of the popular series, the duo ask Brett how she navigated the archival detritus of a former Prime Minister, and how Ellis decided what files to unlock when writing her exposé of Canberra’s toxic culture.


1 hour


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Judith Brett is a political historian whose books include Robert Menzies' Forgotten People, Australian Liberals and the Moral Middle Class, and The Enigmatic Mr Deakin. Her most recent book is From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting, and she has written four Quarterly Essays.

Kate Ellis was a member of Federal Parliament for 15 years between 2004 and 2019. She served as the Member for Adelaide as well as a Minister and Federal Minister. She retired and wrote a book about her experiences as a woman in politics, and those of other women across the political spectrum.

Dr Yves Rees is a writer and historian based on unceded Wurundjeri land. They are a Lecturer in History at La Trobe University and the co-host of the Archive Fever podcast. Rees was awarded the 2020 Calibre Essay Prize and their memoir All About Yves: Notes from a Transition is being published by Allen & Unwin in September 2021.

Clare Wright is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster.  Her book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, won the 2014 Stella Prize. Her most recent book is You Daughters of Freedom, the second instalment of her Democracy Trilogy. Clare is Professor of History at La Trobe University and co-host of the history podcast, Archive Fever.

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