Historical Insights


Burns, Christopher. (2012) “Parading Kiwis: New Zealand Soldier Concert Parties, 1916-1954.” MA Diss. University of Auckland.
• Accounts of New Zealand’s involvement in the two world wars are frequently confined to a focus on the nation and a restrictive image of the soldier. By looking at soldier entertainers, Burns reveals far more ambiguous attitudes towards nationalism and masculinity.  [ResearchSpace@Auckland]

Burns, Christopher. (2012) “A Taste of Civvy Street: Heroic Adventure and Domesticity in the Soldier Concert Parties of the First and Second World Wars.” Journal of New Zealand Studies 13 (2012).
• The soldier concert parties of the First and Second World War promoted an alternate model of masculinity, one in which the desire for heroic adventure and homosocial camaraderie could fit comfortably with a yearning for the pleasures and comforts of civilian life. [Journal of New Zealand Studies]

NB: Although Christopher Burns’ thesis and essay focus on New Zealand war entertainment, there are close similarities with Australian concert parties and soldiers.

Djubal, Clay.”‘What Oh Tonight‘ : The Methodology Factor and Pre-1930s Variety Theatre.” (2005) Ph D. Diss. The University of Queensland.
• Supported by extensive primary sources this thesis argues that historians need to engage with the variety industry on its terms – by responding to the infrastructure and social networks through which it operated – if they are to gain insight into its production and reception as popular culture entertainment. [AVTA. Also held by eSpace, The University of Queensland].

Djubal, Clay.  “‘For the Duration’: Australian One Act Musical Comedies and the Fashioning of an Imagined National Identity between 1914 and 1918.” (2011) Mixed Bag: Monograph Series.
• The quest to determine a definitive Australian national identity has been a preoccupation of social commentators, writers, historians and cultural theorists for more than a century. However, little interest had been shown in the thoughts and stories of circulating in popular culture magazines and newspapers written by or about “average” Australians. Clay Djubal explores this missing link. [AVTA]

Ryan, Delyse. “Brisbane Theatre During World War I.” (2000) Ph D. Diss. The University of Queensland.
• Ryan looks closely at some of the social formants which helped to create and frame the theatrical events in the Queensland capital during the war years. The theatre’s community role, particularly the way it helped construct and reflect social and civic identity, as well as the ways in which theatrical techniques were used outside the theatres as a special response to the war.  [eSpace, The University of Queensland]

Thorne, Ross. “Melbourne’s Lost Theatres, Parts One and Two.” (1978) Originally published in Theatre Australia (May and July)
• Architect, theatre building historian and filmmaker Ross Thorne looks at Melbourne’s remarkable lost theatres, including those built by George Coppin, J.C. Williamson and Harry Rickards [www.rossthorne.com]

Thorne, Ross. “Sydney’s Lost Theatres, Parts One and Two.” (1979) Originally published in Theatre Australia (Aug. and Sept.)
• The second installment in Theatre Australia‘s “Lost Theatres” series, Ross Thorne looks at the Sydney buildings which disappeared prior to the mid-1930s. [www.rossthorne.com]

Webby, Elizabeth. “Harlequin in Van Diemen’s Land.” (2009) Script and Print 33.1-4 (2009) 167-184.
• Published as part of a special edition in memory of historian and academic Harold Love, this article looks at several Australian pantomimes staged in Van Diemen’s Land (later Tasmania) during the early to mid-nineteenth century. [Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand, sighted 9/05.2017]

Wittman, W. Matthew. “Empire of Culture: U.S. Entertainers and the Making of the Pacific Circuit, 1850-1890.” (2010) PhD Diss. The University of Michigan, USA.
• This dissertation is a transnational cultural history of the Pacific entertainment circuit (including Australia and New Zealand). It focuses on the experiences of the U.S. entertainers that moved through it and their reciprocal interactions with the people and places that they encountered along the way. [University of Michigan]


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