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Jenny Hocking Jenny Hocking i(A63474 works by) (a.k.a. Jennifer Jane Hocking)
Born: Established: 1954 ;
Gender: Female
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Biographer, academic, and political commentator.

In 2018, Jenny Hocking was Research Professor and Australia Research Council Discovery Outstanding Research Award (DORA) Fellow with the National Centre for Australian Studies (NCAS) at Monash University. She has been involved with teaching and research in Australian studies for many years and is a previous Director and Deputy Director of NCAS. In 2013, she was appointed the inaugural Distinguished Whitlam Fellow at the Whitlam Institute, University of Western Sydney.

She has been a member of the executive board of the International Australian Studies Association and a series editor of the Journal of Australian Studies. She is also a widely published author of political biographies, including works on Lionel Murphy, Frank Hardy, and Gough Whitlam.

In 2017 and 2018, Hocking undertook legal action to prompt the release of the 'palace letters', correspondence between Queen Elizabeth II and Sir John Kerr regarding the dismissal of Gough Whitlam: Hocking disputed the National Archive's designation of the letters as 'personal', rather than as Commonwealth records (which, under the Archives Act, should be released after a period of thirty years). the ruling, which came down in March 2018, upheld the designation of the letters as personal, continuing the embargo against their release.

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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Gough Whitlam : His Time : Volume 2 Carlton : Melbourne University Publishing , 2012 Z1882270 2012 single work biography

'The much-anticipated second volume of former labor prime minister Gough Whitlam's biography.
'In the first volume acclaimed biographer Jenny Hocking illuminated Whitlam's path to power, and here she recreates the excitement of Whitlam's historic win in 1972, the forces that never accepted his ascendency and the tragedy that followed. Drawing on previously unseen archival material, extensive interviews with family and colleagues as well as exclusive interviews with the man himself, this second volume finally exposes the truth about the Whitlam years.' (Publisher's blurb)

2014 winner The Fellowship of Australian Writers Victoria Inc. National Literary Awards Barbara Ramsden Award
2013 longlisted 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature
2013 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Non-Fiction Book Award
2013 shortlisted National Biography Award
2013 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards The Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History
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