Dr Eureka Henrich

Dr Eureka Henrich

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Humanities & Languages

I am a social and cultural historian interested in experiences, understandings and representations of migration, and how they have changed. I've written and published on the history of migration exhibitions, museums and memorials in 20th century Australian and transnational contexts and on the role historians and history can play in immigration debates. Currently I'm working on the intertwined histories of migration, health and assimilation in post-war Australia.

During a decade working in the UK I held a lectureship at University of Hertfordshire and research fellowships the University of Leicester and King's College London. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. I graduated from UNSW with a PhD in History in 2012.

On returning to Sydney in 2022 I held the Australian Historical Association 50th Anniversary History Fellowship and joined UNSW as a lecturer in 2023. I serve as public officer on the committee of Oral History NSW and on the Editorial Board of The Great Circle, the journal of the Australian Association of Maritime History. When I’m not being a historian I enjoy running, playing chamber music (I am a flautist by training) and parenting two small humans. I am a settler Australian, born and raised on the unceded lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.    

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  • Books | 2023
    Henrich E; Carment D, 2023, An 'Important and Necessary Institution' A History of the Australian Historical Association, Australian Historical Association, Canberra, https://theaha.org.au/about-the-aha/aha-50th-anniversary-history/
  • Book Chapters | 2020
    Henrich E; Dellios A, 2020, 'Migratory Pasts and Heritage Making Presents: Theory and Practice', in Henrich E; Dellios A (ed.), Migrant, Multicultural and Diasporic Heritage Beyond and Between Borders, Routledge, pp. 1 - 16
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Roces M, 2019, 'Changing Migration Policy from the Margins: Filipino Activism on Behalf of Victims of Domestic Violence in Australia, 1980s-2000', in Henrich E; Simpson J (ed.), History, Historians and the Immigration Debate: Going Back to Where We Came From, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 71 - 90, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-97123-0_5
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Henrich E; Simpson JM, 2018, 'From the Margins of History to the Political Mainstream: Putting Migration History Centre Stage', in Henrich E; Simpson JM (ed.), History, Historians and the Immigration Debate Going Back to Where We Came From, pp. 15 - 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-97123-0
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Henrich E; Simpson JM, 2018, 'Introduction: History as a Martial Art', in Henrich E; Simpson JM (ed.), History, Historians and the Immigration Debate Going Back to Where We Came From, Palgrave, pp. 1 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-97123-0
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Henrich E, 2018, 'Mobility, Migration and Modern Memory', in Maerker A; Sleight S; Sutcliffe A (ed.), The Past in the Present: History, Memory and Public Life, Routledge, Oxon and New York, pp. 101 - 125
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Anderson C; Henrich E; Longair S; Roscoe K, 2017, 'Empire and its Aftermath in Four (Post)Colonial Settings', in Wilson JZ; Hodgkinson S; Walby K; Piche J (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Tourism, Palgrave, London, pp. 609 - 630, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-56135-0
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Henrich E, 2015, 'Paying Tribute: Migrant Memorial Walls and the “Nation of Immigrants"', in Pultz Moslund S; Ring Petersen A; Schramm M (ed.), The Culture of Migration: Politics, Aesthetics and Histories, I.B.Tauris, pp. 327 - 346, https://www.bloomsbury.com/au/culture-of-migration-9781784533106/
  • Edited Books | 2023
    Balint R; Damousi J; Fitzpatrick S; Henrich E, (eds.), 2023, When Migrants Fail to Stay: New Histories on Departure and Migration, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02619288.2024.2327236
    Edited Books | 2020
    Henrich E; Dellios A, (ed.), 2020, Beyond and Between Borders: Migrant, Multicultural and Diasporic Heritage, Routledge, https://www.routledge.com/Migrant-Multicultural-and-Diasporic-Heritage-Beyond-and-Between-Borders/Dellios-Henrich/p/book/9780367348465
    Edited Books | 2019
    Henrich E; Simpson J, (ed.), 2019, History, Historians and the Immigration Debate: Going Back to Where We Came From, Palgrave Macmillan, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-97123-0
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Henrich E, 2022, 'Listening Across Collections: Migrant Memories of Health in Australia', Studies in Oral History, pp. 29 - 50, https://oralhistoryaustralia.org.au/journal/issue-no-44-2022/
    Journal articles | 2019
    Henrich E, 2019, 'Constructing the "New Australian Patient": Assimilation as Preventative Medicine in Postwar Australia.', Histoire Soc, 52, pp. 109 - 135, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/his.2019.0005
    Journal articles | 2019
    Henrich E, 2019, 'Learning to supervise and supervising to learn: the undergraduate dissertation as a learning experience for staff and students', Blended Learning in Practice, pp. 71 - 80, https://www.herts.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/260882/BLiP-Autumn-2019.pdf
    Journal articles | 2014
    Henrich E, 2014, 'Children's Toys and Memories of Migration in Australian Museums', Childhood in the Past, 7, pp. 133 - 146, http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1758571614z.00000000022
    Journal articles | 2013
    Henrich E, 2013, 'Museums, History and Migration in Australia', History Compass, 11, pp. 783 - 800, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hic3.12090
    Journal articles | 2013
    Henrich E, 2013, 'Ragged Schools in Sydney', Sydney Journal, 4, pp. 49 - 65, http://dx.doi.org/10.5130/sj.v4i1.2803
    Journal articles | 2010
    Henrich E, 2010, 'Suitcases and Stories: Objects of Migration in Museum Exhibitions', International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 3, pp. 71 - 82
  • Other | 2024
    Henrich E, 2024, When migrants fail to stay: New histories on departures and migration, ed. Ruth Balint, Joy Damousi, & Sheila Fitzpatrick, London, Bloomsbury Academic, 2023 [Review], Taylor and Francis Group, , http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02619288.2024.2327236
    Other | 2023
    Henrich E, 2023, Wild dogs of song: Palmerston (Darwin) Dingo Glee Club 1895-1905, by Paolo Fabris and Steven Farram, Historical Society of the Northern Territory, Darwin, 2002 [Review], Historical Society of the Northern Territory, , https://search.informit.org/doi/10.3316/informit.388970554232367

Healthy Citizens? Migrant Identity and Constructions of Health in Post-War Australia

An ongoing Wellcome Trust funded research project investigating the intersections between health and migration during Australia’s mass post-Second World War immigration scheme (1945-1970). Three research strands address medical, migrant and governmental perspectives and bring together source bases including medical literature, oral histories and material culture. A public engagement programme was developed to showcase objects held in Australian museum collections and to share the findings with UK-based audiences. A virtual exhibition, ‘A Full Healthy Life’? Migration and Health in Post-War Australia, was developed and exhibited from 2017-2019. Events included public talks and a mini workshop series with residents of an assisted housing scheme. Two peer-reviewed journal articles have been published and a book manuscript is currently in progress. 

History, Historians and the Immigration Debate

This project originated in my doctoral research at the University of New South Wales (Sydney), which examined the representation of migration history in Australian museums. I became interested in representations of migration history internationally, and particularly in the widespread politicisation of migratory pasts and presents and the paucity of historically-informed perspectives in these debates. Whilst at King’s College London in 2014 I convened the symposium Immigration, Nation and Public History. The event brought together academics, students, community groups and heritage professionals to address the question, ‘where is history in debates about immigration?’ Since then I have worked with Julian M. Simpson on an edited volume which addresses the historian’s role in immigration debates across the world. History, Historians and the Immigration Debate: Going Back to Where We Came From was published by Palgrave Macmillan and launched at the Migration Museum Project in London in February 2019.                                                                                           

My Teaching

ARTS3270 Reflecting on History and Historians

ARTS2271 Inventing Modern Australia: 1900 to now

ARTS1190 Sydney: History, Landscapes, People