Associate Professor Julia Horne

PhD UNSW
University Historian
Senior Research Fellow

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Julia Horne is University Historian at the University of Sydney. She has published widely on Australian cultural and social history including the history of landscape, travel and tourism, and the history of higher education.

At the University of Sydney, the University Historian is responsible for maintaining the University’s oral history program and developing strategies to promote the University, its heritage and history to the wider community. Current projects include At War! The University of Sydney and the First World War, andSydney in Ten Questions, a series of short historical videos to be launched by SAM later in 2013. She is also co-organiser with Emeritus Professors Alan Atkinson and Geoffrey Sherington of the St Paul’s History of University Life Seminar held regularly during semester.

Julia Horne has 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 was a member of the Council of the Royal Australian Historical Society 2007-13, and in 2009, was appointed member of the governing council of the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Research interests

  • Australian history
  • History of higher education
  • American philanthropy in Australia between the wars
  • History and heritage
  • History of women’s education and professions
  • History of travel and tourism

Teaching and supervision

  • Australian social, political and cultural history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
  • History of higher education
  • Women’s history
  • Student movements
  • Heritage and public history
  • Australian-American relations

Current projects

  • American philanthropy in Australia between the wars
  • University philanthropy and the education state in Australia 1850-1945
  • Australian women, gender and the public university 1874 to 1950
  • My Father’s House: reflections on history, heritage and home
  • At War! The University of Sydney and the First World War
  • Co-organiser (with Alan Atkinson and Geoffrey Sherington), History of University Life Seminar at St Paul’s.

Other Professional Contributions

Julia Horne is currently a councillor of the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM), and chairs the ANMM Audience, Programs, Outreach and Education Committee. From 2007 to 2013 she was a councillor of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Australia’s oldest scholarly historical society. At the University of Sydney, she is a member of the Art Advisory Committee and the Heritage Advisory Group, both established to advise on matters of museum and heritage policies.

Julia has worked on a number of consultancies including the Blue Mountains World Heritage Nomination (as historical respondent for the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Domicelj Consultants), UNSW WomenResearch21, and various historical surveys on overseas students, women and engineers for UNSW.

Julia was assistant editor of Australian Cultural History and currently peer reviews for the Journal of Australian Studies, International Journal of Tourism Research, History Australia andHistory of Education Review among others.

She has judged several history prizes including the NSW Premier’s History Awards, the Frank Broeze Prize for Maritime History and the Hazel de Berg Prize for Oral History.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2014

  • The Origins and Effects of the Unified National System of Higher Education in Australia; Macintyre S, Croucher G, Garton S, Davis G, Horne J; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2013

  • At War! University of Sydney and the First World War; Horne J, Robinson T; University of Sydney/Vice Chancellor's Strategic Development Funds.

2012

  • Book of Remembrance Online; Horne J, Morrison N; University of Sydney/Chancellor's Committee.

2011

  • The Rockefeller Foundation and the Modern Australian University; Horne J; Rockefeller Archive Center/Grant-in-aid.

2010

  • The International Society Research Cluster; Sluga G, Celermajer D, Barrett J, Epstein C, Horne J, Poulos M, Humphrey M; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

2009

  • Social Access in Universities, A History; Horne J; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

2007

  • Cosmopolitanism: its practices and its pasts.; Caine B, Horne J, Sluga G; Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH) & Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA)/Research Grant.

2005

  • The public University in Australasia (1850-1918); Horne J, Sherington G; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2004

  • Liberalism, meritocracy and the idea of the modern university as a civic institution (1850-1900); Horne J; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Newly Appointed Staff (NAS).

2001

  • Asian Perceptions of Australia; Horne J; University of New South Wales/University Research Support Program.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Horne, J., Sherington, G. (2012). Sydney the Making of a Public University. Sydney, Australia: The Miegunyah Press.
  • Horne, J. (2005). The Pursuit of Wonder: how Australia's landscape was explored, nature discovered and tourism unleashed. Melbourne: Miegunyah Press at Melbourne University Press.
  • Horne, J. (1997). Not an Ivory Tower: the making of an Australian vice-chancellor, based on interviews with Michael and Jenny Birt Kensington. Sydney: UNSW Archive.
  • Horne, J. (1994). Jenolan Caves. When the Tourists Came. Crows Nest: Kingsclear Books.
  • Horne, J., McCarthy, L. (1994). Unique providers : money raising and the University of New South Wales U Committee 1963-1993. Sydney: UNSW Archive.
  • Horne, J., Ingleson, J., McCarthy, L., O'Farrell, P. (1988). Locating Australia's Past: A Practical Guide to Writing Local History in New South Wales. Sydney: UNSW Press.

Book Chapters

  • Horne, J., Sherington, G. (2013). 'Dominion' Legacies: The Australian Experience. In Deryck M Schreuder (Eds.), Universities for a New World: Making Global Network in International Higher Education, 1913-2013, (pp. 284-307). London: Sage Publications.
  • Horne, J., Sherington, G. (2013). Education. In Alison Bashford, Stuart Macintyre (Eds.), The Cambridge History of Australia: Volume 1: Indigenous and Colonial Australia, (pp. 367-390). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Horne, J., Howells, T. (2007). Introduction: A University for Sydney. In Trevor Howells (Eds.), University of Sydney Architecture, (pp. 9-17). Australia: Watermark Press.
  • Horne, J. (2004). Alice Tay, the Making of an Intellectual. In G. Doeker-Mach and K. A. Ziegert (Eds.), Law, legal culture and politics in the twenty-first century, (pp. 491-508). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

Journals

  • Horne, J. (2014). Looking from the inside out: rethinking university history. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 46(2), 174-189. [More Information]
  • Horne, J. (2011). Randwick by Pauline Curby. Reviews in Australian Studies, 5(1), 1-4.
  • Sluga, G., Horne, J. (2010). Cosmopolitanism: Its Pasts and Practices. Journal of World History, 21(3), 369-373.
  • Sherington, G., Horne, J. (2010). Empire, State and Public Purpose in the Founding of Universities and Colleges in the Antipodes. History of Education Review, 39(2), 36-51.
  • Horne, J., Sherington, G. (2010). Extending the educational franchise: the social contract of Australia's public universities, 1850-1890. Paedagogica Historica: international journal of the history of education, 46(1-2), 207-227. [More Information]
  • Horne, J. (2010). The Cosmopolitan Life of Alice Erh-Soon Tay. Journal of World History, 21(3), 419-446.
  • Horne, J. (2009). Thomas Fisher, the man behind the library. Record, 2009, 5-11.
  • Horne, J. (2008). The Writer, the Griffins and Canberra. History Magazine of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 2008 (December), 8-9.
  • Horne, J., Sluga, G., Caine, B. (2007). Cosmopolitanism. Its Past and Practices. Dialogue (Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia), 26(3), 79-82.
  • Horne, J. (2006). Capturing the Personal with Oral History. Journal of Australian Naval History, 3(2), 66-82.
  • Horne, J. (2003). Oral History as Modern Personal Papers: in defence of the long interview. Oral History Association of Australia Journal, 25, 28-30.

Conferences

  • Sherington, G., Horne, J. (2009). Modes of engagement: universities and schools in Australia 1850-1914. Beyond the Lecture Hall Conference: Universities and community Engagement from the middle ages to the present day, Cambridge: Faculty of Education and Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge.

Original Creative Work

  • Horne, J., Howells, T. (2007). Walks. University of Sydney Architecture, (pp. 211 - 225). Sydney, Australia: Watermark Press.
  • Horne, J., Campbell, R. (2002). An Act to Incorporate and Endow the University of Sydney: A Performance for Four Voices. Australia: .
  • Horne, J., Devos, A. (2002). Website "Womens Research 21". Womens Research 21 (website), Sydney, Australia: University of NSW (UNSW).

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Horne, J. (2013). My father’s famous book grew up with us. Australian Financial Review Weekend.
  • Horne, J. (2013). Writer, editor helped foster national identity. Sydney Morning Herald.
  • Horne, J. (2012). Why a solution to the St John’s scandal lies with Barry O’Farrell. The Conversation.
  • Horne, J. (2009). Equity and Access: we led the way. The Sydney Morning Herald.
  • Horne, J. (2001). Earthly Concerns. Review of Tim Bonyhady, The Colonial Earth. The Sydney Morning Herald.
  • Horne, J. (2001). Message of Hope in the Dust and Rubble. Review of Chris Woodward, In Ruins. The Sydney Morning Herald.
  • Horne, J. (2001). Thinking a New Shade of Green. Review of Making Nature: Six Walks by Peter Timms. The Sydney Morning Herald.

Report

  • Horne, J. (2011). The Rockefeller Foundation and the Modern Australian University, 1926-1942.

Reference Works

  • Horne, J. (2012). Ward, John Manning (1919-1990). In M Nolan (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 18. Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne University Press.
  • Horne, J. (2003). Australia. In Jennifer Speake (Eds.), The Literature of Travel and Exploration: an encyclopaedia. (pp. 48-52). London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers.
  • Horne, J. (2002). Robert Quentin. In John Ritchie, Dianne Langmore (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography Vol. 16. (pp. 41-42). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • Iuso, A., Horne, J. (2001). Archives (Australia Section). In Margaretta Jolly (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Life Writing: Autobiographical and Biographical Forms vol.1. (pp. 50-53). London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers.
  • Horne, J. (2000). C H Munro. In John Ritchie (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography Volume 15. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • Horne, J. (2000). Josephine O’Neill. In John Ritchie (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography Volume 15. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

2014

  • Horne, J. (2014). Looking from the inside out: rethinking university history. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 46(2), 174-189. [More Information]

2013

  • Horne, J., Sherington, G. (2013). 'Dominion' Legacies: The Australian Experience. In Deryck M Schreuder (Eds.), Universities for a New World: Making Global Network in International Higher Education, 1913-2013, (pp. 284-307). London: Sage Publications.
  • Horne, J., Sherington, G. (2013). Education. In Alison Bashford, Stuart Macintyre (Eds.), The Cambridge History of Australia: Volume 1: Indigenous and Colonial Australia, (pp. 367-390). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Horne, J. (2013). My father’s famous book grew up with us. Australian Financial Review Weekend.
  • Horne, J. (2013). Writer, editor helped foster national identity. Sydney Morning Herald.

2012

  • Horne, J., Sherington, G. (2012). Sydney the Making of a Public University. Sydney, Australia: The Miegunyah Press.
  • Horne, J. (2012). Ward, John Manning (1919-1990). In M Nolan (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 18. Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne University Press.
  • Horne, J. (2012). Why a solution to the St John’s scandal lies with Barry O’Farrell. The Conversation.

2011

  • Horne, J. (2011). Randwick by Pauline Curby. Reviews in Australian Studies, 5(1), 1-4.
  • Horne, J. (2011). The Rockefeller Foundation and the Modern Australian University, 1926-1942.

2010

  • Sluga, G., Horne, J. (2010). Cosmopolitanism: Its Pasts and Practices. Journal of World History, 21(3), 369-373.
  • Sherington, G., Horne, J. (2010). Empire, State and Public Purpose in the Founding of Universities and Colleges in the Antipodes. History of Education Review, 39(2), 36-51.
  • Horne, J., Sherington, G. (2010). Extending the educational franchise: the social contract of Australia's public universities, 1850-1890. Paedagogica Historica: international journal of the history of education, 46(1-2), 207-227. [More Information]
  • Horne, J. (2010). The Cosmopolitan Life of Alice Erh-Soon Tay. Journal of World History, 21(3), 419-446.

2009

  • Horne, J. (2009). Equity and Access: we led the way. The Sydney Morning Herald.
  • Sherington, G., Horne, J. (2009). Modes of engagement: universities and schools in Australia 1850-1914. Beyond the Lecture Hall Conference: Universities and community Engagement from the middle ages to the present day, Cambridge: Faculty of Education and Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge.
  • Horne, J. (2009). Thomas Fisher, the man behind the library. Record, 2009, 5-11.

2008

  • Horne, J. (2008). The Writer, the Griffins and Canberra. History Magazine of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 2008 (December), 8-9.

2007

  • Horne, J., Sluga, G., Caine, B. (2007). Cosmopolitanism. Its Past and Practices. Dialogue (Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia), 26(3), 79-82.
  • Horne, J., Howells, T. (2007). Introduction: A University for Sydney. In Trevor Howells (Eds.), University of Sydney Architecture, (pp. 9-17). Australia: Watermark Press.
  • Horne, J., Howells, T. (2007). Walks. University of Sydney Architecture, (pp. 211 - 225). Sydney, Australia: Watermark Press.

2006

  • Horne, J. (2006). Capturing the Personal with Oral History. Journal of Australian Naval History, 3(2), 66-82.

2005

  • Horne, J. (2005). The Pursuit of Wonder: how Australia's landscape was explored, nature discovered and tourism unleashed. Melbourne: Miegunyah Press at Melbourne University Press.

2004

  • Horne, J. (2004). Alice Tay, the Making of an Intellectual. In G. Doeker-Mach and K. A. Ziegert (Eds.), Law, legal culture and politics in the twenty-first century, (pp. 491-508). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

2003

  • Horne, J. (2003). Australia. In Jennifer Speake (Eds.), The Literature of Travel and Exploration: an encyclopaedia. (pp. 48-52). London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers.
  • Horne, J. (2003). Oral History as Modern Personal Papers: in defence of the long interview. Oral History Association of Australia Journal, 25, 28-30.

2002

  • Horne, J., Campbell, R. (2002). An Act to Incorporate and Endow the University of Sydney: A Performance for Four Voices. Australia: .
  • Horne, J. (2002). Robert Quentin. In John Ritchie, Dianne Langmore (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography Vol. 16. (pp. 41-42). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • Horne, J., Devos, A. (2002). Website "Womens Research 21". Womens Research 21 (website), Sydney, Australia: University of NSW (UNSW).

2001

  • Iuso, A., Horne, J. (2001). Archives (Australia Section). In Margaretta Jolly (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Life Writing: Autobiographical and Biographical Forms vol.1. (pp. 50-53). London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers.
  • Horne, J. (2001). Earthly Concerns. Review of Tim Bonyhady, The Colonial Earth. The Sydney Morning Herald.
  • Horne, J. (2001). Message of Hope in the Dust and Rubble. Review of Chris Woodward, In Ruins. The Sydney Morning Herald.
  • Horne, J. (2001). Thinking a New Shade of Green. Review of Making Nature: Six Walks by Peter Timms. The Sydney Morning Herald.

2000

  • Horne, J. (2000). C H Munro. In John Ritchie (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography Volume 15. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • Horne, J. (2000). Josephine O’Neill. In John Ritchie (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography Volume 15. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

1997

  • Horne, J. (1997). Not an Ivory Tower: the making of an Australian vice-chancellor, based on interviews with Michael and Jenny Birt Kensington. Sydney: UNSW Archive.

1994

  • Horne, J. (1994). Jenolan Caves. When the Tourists Came. Crows Nest: Kingsclear Books.
  • Horne, J., McCarthy, L. (1994). Unique providers : money raising and the University of New South Wales U Committee 1963-1993. Sydney: UNSW Archive.

1988

  • Horne, J., Ingleson, J., McCarthy, L., O'Farrell, P. (1988). Locating Australia's Past: A Practical Guide to Writing Local History in New South Wales. Sydney: UNSW Press.

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