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Frank Bongiorno is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of New England, having previously lectured at the Australian National University and Griffith University. In 1997-98 he was Smuts Visiting Fellow in Commonwealth Studies at the University of Cambridge and has been a Mellon Visiting Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He has published widely in the areas of Australian Labour, political and cultural history. Among his Australian scholarly interests are late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century literary history; histiography; foreign policy; Fabian socialism; the history of sexuality; the history of unorthodox religion; and the past, present and future of the Australian Labor Party.

In 2016, his The Eighties: The Decade that Transformed Australia was longlisted for the CHASS Australia Book Prize.

(Source: History of Politics : Perspectives of the Past since 1788)

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Personal Awards

2019 recipient Order of Australia Member of the Order of Australia (AM) For significant service to tertiary education in the field of history.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Sex Lives of Australians : A History Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2012 7114307 2012 single work non-fiction

'Cross-dressing convicts, effeminate bushrangers and women-shortage woes – here is the first ever history of sex in Australia, from Botany Bay to the present-day. In this readable social history, the author uses vivid examples to chart the changing sex lives of Australians. He shows how a predominantly male penal colony gave rise to a rough and ready culture: the scarcity of women made for strange bedfellows, and the female minority was both powerful and vulnerable. Then came the Victorian era, in which fears of sodomy helped bring an end to the transportation of convicts. Tracing the story all the way to the present, Bongiorno shows how the quest for respectability always has another side to it, and how the contraceptive pill changed so much. Along the way he deals with some intriguing questions - were the Kelly gang gay? Why did the law ignore lesbianism for so long? - and introduces some remarkable characters, both reformers and radicals. This is the thought-provoking story of sex in Australia.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2013 shortlisted Australian Capital Territory Book of the Year Award
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