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Born: Established: 1969 Ann Arbor, Michigan,
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Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1974
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Clare Wright is a historian and author who has worked in politics, academia and the media. Born in Michigan, she arrived in Australia in 1974, with her mother.

She holds a BA Hons in history (University of Melbourne, awarded 1991) MA in Public History (Monash University, awarded 1993) and a PhD in Australian Studies (University of Melbourne, awarded 2002).

Her doctoral thesis, which won the inaugural Geoffrey Serle Award for the best postgraduate contribution to Australian history, became her first book: Beyond the Ladies Lounge: Australia's Female Publicans.

In 2013, Wright published The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka which delves into the lives of the women on the gold-fields at the time of the Eureka Stockade. It was later published for young-adult readers as We Are the Rebels: The Women and Men Who Made Eureka (2015). She is also the author of You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World (2018), among a range of scholarly articles.

In 202, she was given the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to literature and to historical research.

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  • Clare Wright is a Stella Prize Schools Program speaker.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon You Daughters of Freedom : The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2018 14730722 2018 single work biography

'For the ten years from 1902, when Australia’s suffrage campaigners won the vote for white women, the world looked to this trailblazing young democracy for inspiration.

'Clare Wright’s epic new history tells the story of that victory—and of Australia’s role in the subsequent international struggle—through the eyes of five remarkable players: the redoubtable Vida Goldstein, the flamboyant Nellie Martel, indomitable Dora Montefiore, daring Muriel Matters, and artist Dora Meeson Coates, who painted the controversial Australian banner carried in the British suffragettes’ monster marches of 1908 and 1911.

'Clare Wright’s Stella Prize-winning The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka retold one of Australia’s foundation stories from a fresh new perspective. With You Daughters of Freedom she brings to life a time when Australian democracy was the envy of the world—and the standard bearer for progress in a shining new century.'

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2019 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards History Book Award
2019 longlisted CHASS Australia Prizes Australia Book Prize
2019 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards The Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History
y separately published work icon We Are the Rebels : The Women and Men Who Made Eureka Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2015 9056457 2015 single work biography young adult children's (taught in 1 units)

'The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is the most talked-about work of Australian history in recent years. Now here is Clare Wright's groundbreaking, award-winning study of the women who made the rebellion, in an abridged edition for teenage readers.

'Front and centre are the vibrant, adventurous personalities who were players in the rebellion: Sarah Hanmer, Ellen Young, Clara Seekamp, Anastasia Hayes and Catherine Bentley, among others.

'But just as important were the thousands of women who lived, worked and traded on the goldfields—women who have been all but invisible until now. Discovering them changes everything.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
2016 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Eve Pownall Award
y separately published work icon The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2013 6594747 2013 single work biography

'The Eureka Stockade. The story is one of Australia’s foundation legends, but until now it has been told as though only half the participants were there.

'What if the hot-tempered, free-wheeling gold miners we learnt about in school were actually husbands and fathers, brothers and sons? And what if there were women and children inside the Eureka Stockade, defending their rights while defending themselves against a barrage of bullets?

'As Clare Wright reveals, there were thousands of women on the goldfields and many of them were active in pivotal roles. The stories of how they arrived there, why they came and how they sustained themselves make for fascinating reading in their own right. But it is in the rebellion itself that the unbiddable women of Ballarat come into their own.

'Groundbreaking, absorbing, crucially important—The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is the uncut story of the day the Australian people found their voice.' (Publisher's blurb)

2014 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards History Book Award
2014 longlisted Walkley Award Best Non-Fiction Book
2014 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards The Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History
2014 winner 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature Mark and Evette Moran Nib Award for Literature The Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize
2014 winner Mark and Evette Moran Nib Award for Literature
2014 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's History Prize New South Wales History Prize Australian History Prize
2014 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Non-Fiction
2014 winner The Stella Prize
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