Mary Elizabeth Shutler in Vanuatu, in the1960s. Permitted to join the first archaeological expedition to New Caledonia in 1952 as a ‘voluntary assistant’, she was the only French speaker and chief interlocuter with the Kanak people.
Family archives, reproduced with the kind authorisation of John Shutler & Susan Arter.
‘Wives’, volunteers, assistants: the vital contribution of women archaeologists has long been underplayed, if not erased. A new project uncovers trailblazers in the Pacific.
The court said WA’s new law to prevent Palmer from collecting damages against the state was not unconstitutional. Here’s why.
Home may have become associated with safety and control during lockdown, so resuming life in public can seem daunting.
An 1817 painting by Joseph Lycett, depicting First Nation peoples cooking and eating whale meat.
National Library of Australia
True to the Land explores the history of the Australian continent through our diverse and changing cooking and eating habits.
NSW and Victoria have taken different approaches on allowing unvaccinated people in places of worship, indicating the possibility for conflicting and confusing rules across the country.
Understanding your genes is a great way to understand certain things about yourself — yet, who we are is determined by so much more than just DNA.
Les parents peuvent discuter avec leurs enfants des filtres, de la retouche des images et des vidéos que l'on trouve en ligne.
Face aux photos retouchées d’influenceurs qui collectionnent les « like » sur les réseaux, les adolescents peuvent développer une mauvaise image d’eux-mêmes. Comment ouvrir la discussion en famille ?
New information Instagram makes teens feel worse about their bodies is an opportunity for parents to start a conversation with their children about their online lives, and encourage positive habits.
Australian governments have committed a lot of money and effort over the last few decades to improve schooling using “what works”. But this hasn’t worked. So what can we do to improve education?
While most children still had some level of developmental difficulties, the therapy boosted their social communication skills, leaving them less likely to meet the criteria for an autism diagnosis.
Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others all had their own cures for the Spanish flu. But some of these may have made things worse.
There are other pathways to increasing vaccination rates, while also fostering trust in the health-care system. These have proved difficult in the US, but are available in Australia.
Portrait of Sir James Stirling, ca. 1833.
Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales ML 15 Ref: 897230’
James Stirling was WA’s first governor from 1829-39. He condoned numerous acts of murder by white settlers.
Confucius at the ‘Apricot Altar’. By Kano Tan'yû (Japanese, 1602–1674). Mid-17th century.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Confucius looked nothing like the great sage in his own time as he is widely known in ours. But his ideas continue to shape contemporary life for many.
Australians will soon need to prove they’re fully vaccinated to do things like travel overseas and visit restaurants and pubs.
Renewable energy technology holds promise for rural electrification.
Current approaches to expand renewable energy in Ghana are not inclusive of the rural poor.
mRNA vaccines are the first synthetic vaccines, meaning they’re made outside of a living cell. But so are lots of things we consume every day, such as vitamin C pills and other dietary supplements.
Australia has a law against businesses offering assignments for sale to students, but that hasn’t stopped ‘contract cheating’. And new research shows it’s much more common than had been thought.
Adventurer Francis Birtles in his car with a man identified as Indigenous artist Nayombolmi.
National Library of Australia
One was a celebrity adventurer, the other was a skilled Indigenous artist who painted everything in sight. A new look at old photographs confirms their meeting.
Spotted tree frog.
Michael Williams/Its A Wildlife Photography
We’ve identified three frog species very likely to already be extinct. Another four species on our list are still surviving, but not likely to make it to 2040 without help.