My most recent article for the National Library of Australia News (the library's monthly magazine) has been published in the March 2007 edition. Entitled "Sweat, Sacrifice and Fresh-Faced Decency: The Drouin Collection", the piece explores representations of rural Australian life through 88 photographs taken of the small Victorian community of Drouin. Award-winning war photographer Jim Fitzpatrick snapped the collection for the government in 1944, which used them as part of an international propaganda campaign during World War II. Fitzpatrick's take on country life is refreshingly positive — he shows an energic, intelligent and happy community.
You can view the story online at www.nla.gov.au/pub/nlanews/2007/mar07/mar07news.html.
My previous article on former Australian prime minister Andrew Fisher, "From Pit Boy to Prime Minister: Andrew Fisher", was published in the June 2006 edition and can be viewed online at www.nla.gov.au/pub/nlanews/2006/jun06/jun06news.html.