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Penny Russell Penny Russell i(A10419 works by) (a.k.a. Penelope Ann Russell)
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1 ‘Start Wobbling Your Tongue’ : A Fitting Tribute to an Aboriginal Activist Penny Russell , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 438 2021; (p. 13-14)

— Review of William Cooper : An Aboriginal Life Story Bain Attwood , 2021 single work biography

'The name of Yorta Yorta elder William Cooper shines bright in the history of Aboriginal activism in Australia between the two world wars. It is linked with the formation of the Australian Aborigines’ League, of which he was the founding secretary; the Day of Mourning on the anniversary of white settlement in 1938; and a petition intended for George V, signed by almost 2,000 Aboriginal people and demanding Aboriginal representation in parliament. This last was perhaps Cooper’s most cherished project. He spent years gathering signatures and waiting for the most opportune moment to present it; his disappointment at the indifferent response of the Australian government darkened his final years.' (Introduction)

1 [Review Essay] Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Storytelling Penny Russell , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Historical Studies , vol. 48 no. 2 2017; (p. 302-303)

'Little of Eliza Fraser’s life was spent in Australia, but her name has become part of its colonised landscape. So, too, has her story. Shipwrecked off the coast of Australia in 1836, she lived for several weeks with local Aboriginal people, the Butchulla, traditional custodians and owners of the island that now bears her name. Her husband perished but Eliza survived, enduring – by her own account – abuse and drudgery before being rescued and restored to civilised society. Sensational accounts of her ordeal ensured her story a lasting place in colonial mythology, reinforced and reinvented in the twentieth century when her ‘captivity’ was made the theme of paintings by Sidney Nolan, a novel by Patrick White, and a memorable 1970s film.'  (Introduction)

1 Testaments Penny Russell , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 334 2011; (p. 55-56)

— Review of Moving Stories : An Intimate History of Four Women across Two Countries Alistair Thomson , 2011 single work biography
1 1 y separately published work icon Transnational Ties : Australian Lives in the World Desley Deacon (editor), Penny Russell (editor), Angela Woollacott (editor), Acton : ANU E Press , 2009 Z1786433 2009 anthology criticism biography

Australian lives are intricately enmeshed with the world, bound by ties of allegiance and affinity, intellect and imagination. In Transnational Ties: Australian Lives in the World, an eclectic mix of scholars—historians, literary critics, and museologists—trace the flow of people that helped shape Australia’s distinctive character and the flow of ideas that connected Australians to a global community of thought. It shows how biography, and the study of life stories, can contribute greatly to our understanding of such patterns of connection and explores how transnationalism can test biography’s limits as an intellectual, professional and commercial practice.' (Publisher's blurb)

1 Untitled Penny Russell , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Feminist Studies , September vol. 24 no. 61 2009; (p. 382-384)

— Review of Ida Leeson : A Life Sylvia Martin , 2006 single work biography
1 1 y separately published work icon History Australia Marian Quartly (editor), Penny Russell (editor), Richard White (editor), 2003- Clayton : Monash University , Z1238047 2003- periodical (50 issues)

'History Australia is the official journal of the Australian Historical Association ... [It] aims to reflect the concerns, to publish the research product, and to increase the professional self-awareness of all those historians currently making and applying history in the nation and the community. It publishes refereed articles, debates, reviews of historical works, and news items.'

(Source: History Australia, vol.2 no.2, June 2005)

1 Antipodean Queen of Sheba Penny Russell , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 62 no. 4 2003; (p. 161-167)
Russell outlines the challenges and tensions she faced when editing the diaries of Lady Jane Franklin.
1 On the Road ... with an Iron Bedstead and Curried Swan Penny Russell , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: National Library of Australia News , October vol. 13 no. 1 2002; (p. 7-10)
1 5 y separately published work icon This Errant Lady : Jane Franklin's Overland Journey to Port Phillip and Sydney, 1839 Jane, Lady Franklin , Penny Russell (editor), Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2002 Z984204 2002 single work diary travel
1 On Reading the Diary of Jane, Lady Franklin, 1791-1875 i "I come here in search of you", Penny Russell , 1998 single work poetry
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 24 no. 1 1998; (p. 85-86)
1 Untitled Penny Russell , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Victorian Historical Journal , March vol. 61 no. 1 1990; (p. 79-81)

— Review of Martin Boyd : A Life Brenda Niall , 1988 single work biography
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