Dr Julia Horne
University Historian and Senior Research Fellow (History)
Room J4.11, Main Quadrangle A14
+61 2 9351 2149
Julia Horne is University Historian at the University of Sydney. She has also taught history at UNSW, worked as a curator in social history at the Powerhouse Museum, pioneered local history outreach programs and spent hundreds of hours interviewing people about their lives as Head of the Oral History Program in the UNSW Archives. She has been a member of the Council of the Royal Australian Historical Society since 2007, and in 2009, was appointed member of the governing council of the Australian National Maritime Museum.
At the University of Sydney, the role of University Historian is as public historian responsible for various university history-related tasks such as maintaining the University’s oral history program and developing strategies to promote the University, its heritage and history to the wider community.
- Australian history
- The history of higher education including the history of the University of Sydney
- History of civic philanthropy
- History of women’s education and professions
- History of cosmopolitanism
- Public intellectuals
- History of travel, tourism and natural landscapes
- Various aspects of oral history including memory, biography, 'the interview', and oral history as a form of modern personal papers
- Overseas students in Australia in the 1950s and 1960s
- ARC Discovery Project: The Public University in Australasia, 1850-1918
- History of civic philanthropy
- History of the University of Sydney
- The Carnegie Corporation of New York in Australia between the wars
The Pursuit of Wonder: how Australia’s landscape was explored, nature discovered and tourism unleashed, Miegunyah Press (2005).
Thesis Eleven (no. 86, 2006, pp.130-35)
API-Network Network Review of Books (Australian Public Intellectual Network), January 2006.
Sunday Age (Nov. 6, 2005)
Not an Ivory Tower: the making of an Australian vice-chancellor, based on interviews with Michael and Jenny Birt, UNSW Archives, Sydney 1997
Journal of Australian Studies (no. 58, 1998, pp.188-89
Jenolan Caves. When the Tourists Came, Kingsclear Press, Crows Nest 1994
Public History Review (vol. 3, 1994, pp.255-57)
J Horne, J Ingleson, L McCarthy, P O'Farrell (eds) Locating Australia's Past: A Practical Guide to Writing Local History in New South Wales, UNSW Press, Sydney 1988.
Horne, J., ‘The Establishment of Faculties at the University of Sydney’, in T. Howells, University of Sydney Architecture, The Watermark Press, Sydney, in press, 2012
Horne, J.. Randwick by Pauline Curby. Reviews in Australian Studies, North America, 517 02 2011 (vol. 5 no. 1,, 2011). [Review Article]
J. Horne, ‘The Cosmopolitan Life of Alice Erh-Soon Tay’, Journal of World History, vol. 21, no. 3 (2010): Cosmopolitanism in World History, pp. 419-445
G. Sluga, J. Horne, ‘Cosmopolitanism: its pasts and practices’, Journal of World History, vol. 21, no. 3, September 2010, pp. 369-373
J. Horne, G. Sherington, ‘Extending the Educational Franchise: The Social Contract of Australia’s Public Universities 1850-1890’, Paedagogica Historical vol. 46, nos. 1-2, February-April 2010, pp.207-27
G. Sherington, J. Horne,’ Empire, State and public Purpose in the founding of universities and colleges in the Antipodes’, History of Education Review, vol. 39, no. 2, 2010, pp.36-51
G. Sherington, J. Horne, ‘Modes of Engagement: Universities and Schools in Australia 1850-1914’ in P. Cunningham with S. Oosthuizen and R. Taylor, (eds), Beyond the Lecture Hall: Universities and community engagement from the middle ages to the present day, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education and Institute of Continuing Education, 2009, pp 133-49.
J. Horne, ‘Thomas Fisher, the man behind the library’, Record: the University Archives, 2009, pp 4-7
J. Horne, ‘The Writer, the Griffins and Canberra’, History Magazine of the Royal Australian Historical Society, no. 98, December 2008, pp 8-9
J. Horne, G. Sluga, B. Caine, ‘Cosmopolitanism, Its pasts and practices’ Dialogue Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) vol. 26, 3/2007, pp 79-82
‘A University for Sydney’ (with Trevor Howells) in T. Howells (ed.) University of Sydney: Architecture, Watermark Press, Sydney 2007 pp 9-17
‘John Manning Ward’ in D. Langmore, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Melbourne University Press, in press (accepted Nov 2006)
‘Capturing the personal with oral history’ Journal of Australian Naval History September 2006 v.3 n.2 pp66-82
‘Alice Tay, the making of an intellectual’ in G. Doeker-Mach and K.A. Ziegert, Law, Legal Culture and Politics in the Twenty First Century, Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart 2004 pp 491-508
‘Australia’ The Literature of Travel and Exploration: an encyclopaedia, Fitzroy Dearborn, London, 2003 vol. 1 pp48-52
Anna Iuso and Julia Horne (Australia section) ‘Archives’ Encyclopaedia of Life Writing: Autobiographical and Biographical Forms Fitzroy Dearborn Publisher London 2001 vol. 1 pp50-53
‘Josephine O’Neill’ Australian Dictionary of Biography vol. 15 2000
‘C H Munro’ Australian Dictionary of Biography vol. 15 2000
‘Travel and Travel-Writing’ in G Davison et al The Oxford Companion to Australian History Melbourne 1998
'Travelling through the Romantic Landscapes of the Blue Mountains' Australian Cultural History No 10, 1991 pp84-98.
‘Constance Robertson’ Australian Dictionary of Biography vol. 11
‘The Camera Never Lies. Or Does It? Interpreting Photographs’ in Horne et al (eds) Locating Australia’s Past Sydney 1988 pp87-99
'Some Personal Views on the 1988 Local History Scene in New South Wales' (with L McCarthy) in ibid pp244-47.
- Australian history
- History of civic philanthropy
- History of higher education (including the University of Sydney, affiliated colleges and societies)
- Australian intellectuals
- Women’s education
- Student movements
- Overseas students in Australia
‘What we saw in Australia: Carnegie men and Australian universities between the wars’, Philanthropy and Public Culture: The Influence and Legacies of the Carnegie Corporation of New York in Australia, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Workshop, University of Melbourne.
‘Landscape and Wonder’, Sydney Sawyer Seminar, The Antipodean Laboratory: Humanity, Sovereignty, and Environment in Southern Oceans and Lands, 1700-2009, Session Two: The Impact of the Antipodes on Ecological Thought: Landscape, Evolution, and Sustainability, The University of Sydney.
G. Sherington and J. Horne, ‘Modes of Engagement: Universities and Schools in Australia 1850-1890’, Beyond the Lecture Hall: Universities and Community Engagement from the Middle Ages to the Present-day, a conferences hosted by the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education in collaboration with the History of Education Society UK to makr the 800th anniversary of Cambridge University in 2009, University of Cambridge.
J. Horne and G. Sherington ‘Extending the educational franchise: the social contract of Australasia’s public universities 1850-1914’, the 30th Session of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Rutgers Newark.
‘World Citizens and Human Rights’ (with G. Sluga), Cosmopolitanism: its practices and its pasts, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia workshop, The University of Sydney, August.
J. Horne, R. Campbell, G. Sherington, ‘The Idea of the University in the British colonies’ International Conference on The Quest for Excellence: Great Universities and their cities, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, Mumbai, India
‘In pursuit of wonder’, Keynote Address, Timelines Blue Mountains History Conference
‘Women academics and the problem of the historical archive’ 14th Biennial Conference of the Canadian History of Education Association, Ottawa, Canada,
‘Saving Oral History Collections’, 14th International Oral History Conference, Sydney, Australia
‘The Pursuit of Wonder’, Lecture, Sydney Writers’ Festival.
‘“Why Universities Matter”: a conversation with history’, Australian Historical Association, Sydney, CISH
Convener, Ethics Workshop Panel to review NHMRC Guidelines on University Ethics Committees, OHAA as part of the Australian Historical Association, CISH
‘Liberalism, meritocracy and the idea of the colonial university’ 13th Biennial Conference of the Canadian History of Education Association, Calgary, Canada, 21 to 24 October 2004
Julia is on the governing councils of the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Royal Australian Historical Society. She is a contributor to the Australian Dictionary of Biography, and on the Editorial Board of the History of Intellectual Culture. With Glenda Sluga, she has edited the special issue for the Journal of World History on ‘Cosmopolitanism: Its Past and Practices’ (21:3, 2010). She has peer-reviewed articles for the History of Intellectual Culture, Journal of Australian Studies, International Journal of Tourism Research, History Australia, Journal of the Oral History Association of Australia and History of Education Review, and written book reviews for a number of journals including the Australian Historical Studies, Labour History, and Australian Journal of Politics and History, as well as the Sydney Morning Herald. She has been judge for the NSW Premier’s History Awards and the Hazel de Berg Prize, assistant editor of Australian Cultural History (1988-94), and co-convenor of Australian Culture Workshop held at the State Library of NSW (1988-93).