Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire: Masculinity in First World War Letters and Diaries.
Masculinities come into existence at particular times and places, and are always subject to change. By the early twentiethcentury and the outbreak of the First World War, the athletic and militarist idea of manliness in Australia was well established.
Follow the journey of Private Dene Fry of the Australian Imperial Force and his attempt to become the ideal man — a fascinating story made possible via his diary and many letters.
Michael Nicholls, who recently completed an internship at the State Library of NSW, will showcase the research he conducted during that time.
Michael Nicholls: Michael Nicholls is a postgraduate modern history student at Macquarie University. His research explores the construction of middle-class masculinities in early nineteenth-century Australia, with special emphasis on the family, and the father-son dynamic in particular. Having recently completed an Internship at the State Library of NSW, this talk gives him the opportunity to showcase the research he conducted during that time.