'Bill Henson: three decades of photography' is a substantial free online resource by the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia. It details the work of one of Australia's foremost artists, Bill Henson, on the occasion of the major 2005 retrospective that was sponsored by Ernst & Young and Quantas airlines, among others. There is a very short introduction and biography, but the most useful section is the 'Education Resource' section which is aimed at those in higher education and the art world, and which contains two substantial PDF files. The first contains three scholarly essays on Henson's work, a bibliography and references. The second contains a strong selection of Henson's visual work, shown at an adequate size without watermarks, and with copious and careful scholarly annotations. There is also a selection of quotes about Henson's work. In May 2008 police closed a major gallery exhibition of Henson's work, and he currently faces a censorship trial after the Australian Prime Minister publicly called his work "absolutely revolting".
'Intersections: gender and sexuality in Asia and the Pacific' is a full-text refereed academic ejournal. At January 2009 there are 18 themed issues online. While some issues have a strongly ethnographic/sociological flavour, there are also many with themes such as: 'Deconstructing Popular and Diasporic Images'; 'Media and the Creation of New Japanese Women'; 'Images of Women'; and 'Cultural Translations, Cultural Appropriations: Spaces, Media and Performance', among others. Contents of an average issue usually include essays, commentaries, interviews, reviews of books and art exhibitions, and poetry. The journal has many articles likely to be of interest to historians and to those working in cultural studies. Example article titles include: 'Discussing Depictions of Male Homosexuality in Japanese Girls' Comics, Gay Comics and Gay Pornography'; 'A Short History of Hentai'; 'Performing Gender in Maoist Ballet'; 'Mediating the Modern: The Magazine Josei in 1920s Japan'; 'The Fetishisation of Japanese Women in Western Fiction, 1890s-1990s'; and ''I'm Your Venus'/'You're a Rake': Gender and the Grand Narrative in Japanese Television Advertising', among others. Arcticles are also listed by geography. The website has details of the editor, Board of Management, and Advisory Board, together with details of submissions and calls for papers. The website also contains filmographies and a selected bibliography.
'Limina: a journal of historical and cultural studies' is a full-text ejournal. This refereed annual ejournal is published by a cross-disciplinary group of postgraduates at The University of Western Australia. At February 2009 there are 16 issues online, freely offering articles in PDF format. There is also a special edition from 2007, titled 'On The Beach: Liminal Spaces in Historical and Cultural Contexts'. Example article titles from the archives include: 'Subcinema: Theorising Marginal Film Distribution'; 'Quantum Bhangra: Bhangra Music and Identity in the South Asian Diaspora'; 'Magical Beginnings: The Intellectual Origins of the Victorian Occult Revival'; and '‘Stinking Old Eighties Thinking’: The Face Magazine in the 1990s', among many others. The journal also includes book reviews and interviews, and has many articles that focus on aspects of Australian history. The website does not appear to have details of the ISSN.
This website, published by the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage, commemorates the nineteenth century enactment that legalized women's suffrage in New Zealand. The site provides a useful concise history of female suffrage in New Zealand, from the campaign to secure the vote in the nineteenth century, to political milestones throughout the twentieth century. Featured on the site is a timeline combining narrative and primary sources, a brief history of the suffrage campaign from its origins in 1870 to achieving the vote in 1893, and a world suffrage timeline, which records when and where women achieved the vote. Also on the site are twenty-eight biographies of New Zealand women who worked for the vote, including Mary Müller, Meri Te Tai Mangakahia, and Kate Sheppard, a selection of primary source documents, and a couple of sound files of interviews with women who voted in 1893. In addition this great site also has a page of further links and resources, a quiz, and suggested student activities. The site is part of the larger site New Zealand History Online, which is an excellent online resource for students, teachers and researchers.
'Play & Folklore' is a full-text ejournal, edited from the University of Melbourne and published by Museum Victoria in Australia. The journal seeks to publish... "articles, letters, memoirs and research studies that examine what children do when largely free of adult direction or control - their colloquial speech, songs, games, rhymes, riddles, jokes, insults and secret languages, their friendships and enmities, their beliefs and hopes." The journal aims to publish two issues per year, and to have a global reach. Example article titles fom the current issue 'The Joy of Playing Naturally'; 'With Respect: Adult Contexts for Children's Play’; 'Why Kids Don't Run Free'; and Let Kids Rule the Playground'. The journal was formerly published as the 'Australian Children's Folklore Newsletter' (1981-1996), and the website also offers full archives of the old journal, as page scans in PDF format. This will be a useful website for historians seeking to track the decline - and perhaps the demise - of 'free range' childhood and its associated cultures.
The Women and Politics in South Australia website was developed to celebrate the roles that women have played in the social and political development of South Australia. The site has been created by the State Library of South Australia with the support of the Women's Suffrage Centenary Committee. The topics covered by the site include: women's suffrage, federation, effective voting, the workplace and Parliament. More detailed information is available from within these broader sections. The more detailed information includes, for example: biographies, a chronology and statistical information on women in parliament. Other topics include a look at the life of Catherine Helen Spence, novelist, free-thinker and journalist. The section on Aboriginal women is also particularly useful and provides valuable pointers for those interested in Aboriginal history. The sitemap provides a clear index of the information that is available from the site.
The Women in the Ancient Near East website is a select bibliography of resources found in the research archive of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. The Oriental Institute is a research organisation and museum devoted to the study of the ancient Near East, founded in 1919 by the famous Egyptologist James Henry Breasted. The bibliography is compiled by Terry Wilfong, associate professor of Egyptology at the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan. The study of women in ancient Near East has attracted an increased amount of attention in recent years and this bibliography is an attempt to collect some of the more useful resources. The website contains the bibliography, a book review index and a subject index. It is a select bibliography and covers mainly acquisitions to the archive between 1988 and 1992. The bibliography is still a useful resource for anyone interested in ancient history and especially the history of women.