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 Rae Frances
Associate Professor in History
University of New South Wales


1. 'Commentary: Changes in the nature of work and employment relations', in The Future of Work, edited by Ron Callus and Russell Lansbury, Sydney, Federation Press, 2002, pp.46-50.

2. Gender, Federation and Working Life, in G. Patmore and M.Hearne (eds) Federation and Working Life, Pluto Press, Sydney, 2001, pp. 32-47.

3. Printing Workers, 1788-1890, in W.Kirsop and E.Webby (eds), The History of the Book in Australia, Vol. 1, in press, 2002.

4. Printing Workers, 1890-1940, in M.Lyons and J.Arnold (eds), The History of the Book in Australia, vol. 2, Queensland University Press, St. Lucia, 2001, pp.116-126.


1. White Slaves/White Australia: prostitution and the making of Australian society, Australian Feminist Studies, November 2004. Accepted.

2. 'Lifting the veil': the representation of sex work in Australian museums and galleries', Labour History, no. 85, November 2003, pp. 47-64.

3. R.Frances, 'Confessions of a promiscuous researcher: Inaugural Friends of the Noel Butlin Archives Annual Lecture', Labour History, no. 83, November 2002, pp.195-204.

4. R. Frances, One hundred years of women's wage-fixing, Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, vol. 5, no. 2, December 2000, pp. 84-93.

5. White Australia and the White Slave Traffic: Gender, race and citizenship, International Review of Social History, no. 44, 1999, Supplement, pp. 101-122.
Ten career-best publications
1. Women and the Great War, (with Bruce Scates) Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 1997. Awarded the NSW Premiers' History Prize.

2. The Politics of Work: Gender and Labour in Victoria, 1880-1940, Sydney, Cambridge University Press, March 1993. Awarded the Australian Historical Association's W.K. Hancock Prize. Short-listed for the Age Book of the Year.

3. Women at Work from the Gold Rushes to World War Two, (with Bruce Scates) Melbourne, Cambridge University Press, 1992.

4. Women, Work and the Labour Movement in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand, (Special Issue of Labour History, November, 1991) edited with Bruce Scates. Sydney, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, 1991.

5. A History of Female Prostitution in Australia, in R. Perkins,, (eds) Sex Work and Sex Workers in Australia, Kensington, UNSW Press, 1994, pp. 27-52.

6. Shifting Barriers: Twentieth century women's labour patterns, in Kay Saunders and Raymond Evans (eds), Gender Relations in Australia: Domination and Negotiation, Sydney, Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich, 1992, pp. 246-265.

7. Writing a Gendered Labour History, in J.Martin and K.Taylor (eds), Culture and the Labour Movement, Palmerston North, Dunmore Press, 1991, pp.62-76.

8. White Australia and the White Slave Traffic: Gender, race and citizenship, International Review of Social History, no. 44, 1999, Supplement, pp. 101-122.

9. Women's Work in Australia and Canada, 1880-1980, Labour History, no. 71 and Labour/Le Travail, (Toronto) no. 38, Fall 1996, pp. 54-89 (I contributed the Australian material for this article while the two other authors, Linda Keeley and Joan Sangster, jointly contributed the Canadian). Runner-up in the Hilda Neatby Prize.

10. “No More Amazons”: Gender and Work Process in the Victorian Clothing Industry, 1890-1939, Labour History, No.50 (May 1986), pp.95-112 (Special commemorative edition of the journal devoted to the 'new labour history').
Other evidence of impact and contributions to the field

  • WK Hancock Prize for The Politics of Work, 1994.
  • The Politics of Work short-listed for Age Book of the Year, 1994.
  • Women and the Great War awarded NSW Premier's History Prize, 1998.
  • Comparative article on women's work in Australia and Canada runner-up for the Hilda Neatby Prize, Toronto, 1997.

    Professional Activity

  • Associate editor of the journal, Labour History, since 1992, and as such have developed an excellent acquaintance with the latest work in the field of women's labour, and labour history more generally.
  • President of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History.
  • Details of ARC funding
    Discovery ProjectDP 0209817: Selling Sex – a history of female prostitution in Australia. Chief Investigator, Associate Professor Raelene Frances

    This project is in its final year in 2004. To date, a large amount of the research has been completed as well as preliminary drafting of three chapters.

    Lief Project LE0347122: Australian Women's Archive Project. Associate Professor is one of the chief investigators on this project, coordinated by Professor Patricia Grimshaw.

    A team of research assistants is working under the direction of the chief investigators to assemble the date for this project. The project will be completed my July 2004.

    Linkage Project: A History of the 1998 Australian Maritime Dispute. Associate Professor Raelene Frances is one of three chief investigators on this project.

    The project has been running for one year, and is proceeding generally according to schedule.

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