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Connecting the Nation

A short thematic history of Australian civil aviation
Paul Ashton, Tracy Ireland, Jaya Keaney, Alison Wain, Mitchell Whitelaw
Connecting the Nation

Aviation has played an important part in shaping Australia’s culture and history through the course of the twentieth century. Australia embraced aviation from its earliest days, eagerly responding to its potential to cover a challenging country, to bring far-flung communities closer and to provide services that could not be delivered any other way. Add the romance of pioneer heroes, the vital role of aviation in wartime and the capacity to deliver aid to people in need in Australia and beyond, and it is clear why aviation is at the heart of Australia’s recent history.

This book aims to set out the major themes that characterise Australia’s aviation history for a broad audience and to provide a foundation for a broader discussion, and for further research, about how aviation transformed Australia.

Connecting the Nation is a vital and timely introduction to the history of civil aviation in Australia as we prepare for the centenary of civil aviation services in 2020. 

UTS ePRESS congratulates the UTS students who designed and produced the visual composition of this book: Emilie Glasson, Joshua Greenstein, Caitlin Kerr, Joy Li and Danyen Nguyen.


About the Authors: 

Paul Ashton was Professor of Public History at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) until 2015. He is currently Adjunct Professor at both the University of Canberra and UTS. He is a founding editor of the journal Public History Review and Chair of the Board of the Dictionary of Sydney. His publications include Once Upon a Time: Australian Writers on Using the Past.

Tracy Ireland, an archaeologist and heritage practitioner, is Associate Professor of Cultural Heritage at the University of Canberra. Her research focuses on how the past impacts the present and how shared memory is constructed through heritage. Her publications include The Ethics of Cultural Heritage.

Jaya Keaney is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies. Her work concerns race, affect and multiracial kinship in emerging reproductive technologies.

Alison Wain is Lecturer in heritage and conservation in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra. Her research covers the integration of social significance and conservation practice, with a particular focus on the complexities of industrial heritage.

Mitchell Whitelaw is Associate Professor in the School of Art at the Australian National University. His research spans practice and theory in the fields of digital design and culture. His publications include Metacreation: Art and Artificial Life.