Academic Publications

Clare holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History (University of Melbourne, 1991) a Master of Arts in Public History (Monash University, 1993) and a PhD in Australian Studies (University of Melbourne, 2002). From 2004 – 2009, Clare was an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in History at La Trobe University. She has received two prestigious awards for her academic research: the Serle Award presented by the Australian Historical Association for the best postgraduate contribution to Australian History for her doctoral thesis ‘Beyond the Ladies Lounge: A History of Female Publicans in Victoria, 1875-1945’ and the Max Kelly Medal, presented by the History Council of NSW for the most outstanding work by an emerging historian for her essay ‘Of Private Lives and Public Houses: Female Publicans as Domestic Entrepreneurs’.

Clare is currently an Associate Professor in History at La Trobe University where she is employed as a Principal Research Fellow and ARC Future Fellow, writing a new history of mining in Australia.

Clare is a member of the Professional Historians Association and the Australian Historical Association.


We are the Rebels: The Women and Men Who Made Eureka, by Clare Wright, Text Publishing, 2015.

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, by Clare Wright, Text Publishing, 2014.

Beyond the Ladies Lounge, by Clare Wright, Text Publishing, 2014.

Book Chapters

“A University Life in Four Seasons”, in Chris Feik (ed) From the Paddock to the Agora: Fifty Years of La Trobe University (Black Inc. 2017)

“The Woman Who Startled the World”, Introduction to Text Classics edition of Madame Midas by Fergus Hume (Text 2017)

“Making The War That Changed Us”, in Paul Ashton, Anna Clark and Robert Crawford (eds), Once Upon a Time: Australian Writers on Using the Past, Australian Scholarly Publishing (November, 2016)

“A Letter to the Me That Never Was”, in Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire (eds), Women of Letters 8, Penguin (forthcoming 2017)

“A University Life in Four Seasons”, in Chris Feik (ed) 50th Anniversary History of La Trobe University, Black Inc. (working title, forthcoming 2017)

“Edith Cowan” in Peter Stanley (ed), Hypothetical Histories, National Library of Australia (forthcoming 2017)

“The Woman Who Startled the World”, Introduction to Text Classics edition of Madame Midas by Fergus Hume (forthcoming February 2017)

“The Next Throb of Outraged Humanity: Australian in a Revolutionary Age" in Headon, David (ed), Eureka: Australia's Greatest Story (Federation Press, 2015).

“Sex, Lies and History on TV" in Anna Clark and Paul Ashton, Australian History Now (NewSouth, 2013)

“The Eureka Stockade: An Alternative Portrait", in Deborah Gare and David Ritter (eds) Making Australian History: Perspectives on the Past Since 1788 (Thomson Learning, 2008), 213-220

“Labour Pains: Towards a Female Perspective on the Birth of Australian Democracy" in Alan Mayne (ed), Eureka 1854-2004: Reappraising an Australian Legend (Curtain University Books, 2007), 123-141

Journal Articles

“The Diary Formerly Known as Lazarus”, La Trobe Journal (accepted 2017)

“Faith and Fortune: Ballarat, Eureka and the Sabbath Alliance”, Journal of Religious History, (submitted 2017)

“Birth of a Nation?" in Griffith Review: Fixing The System, Issue 51, eds Anne Tiernan and Julianne Schultz January 2016.

“Banging Loudly To Be Heard" in Australian Author 48:2, December 2015.

“Making The War That Changed Us: Notes from the frontline of history, television and military remembrance", in TEXT Special Issue 28: Fictional histories and historical fictions: Writing history in the twenty-first century, eds Camilla Nelson and Christine de Matos, April 2015.

“Forgetting to Remember", Griffith Review: Enduring Legacies, Issue 48, April 2015.

“A Splendid Object Lesson: A Transnational Perspective on the Birth of the Australian Nation" in Journal of Women’s History, Vol 26 No 4 Winter 2014.

“Desperately Seeking Samuel: A Diary Lost and Found", in La Trobe Journal, Vol 90, December 2012, 6-22.

“Neds' Women: A Fractured Love Story", With Alex McDermott, Meanjin Quarterly, Volume 69, Number 2, 2010.

“A Lover and a Fighter: The Trouble with Lola Montez", Overland, Issue 195, 2009, 20-29

“An Indelible Stain: Gifts of the Samuel Lazarus Diary", History Australia, Vol 6, No 2, 2009, 45.1-45.5

“Golden Opportunities: The Early Origins of Women’s Suffrage in Victoria", Victorian Historical Journal, Women’s Suffrage Centenary Issue, Volume 79, No 2, 2008, 210-224

“New Brooms They Say Sweep Clean”: Women’s Political Activism on the Ballarat Goldfields’, Australian Historical Studies, Vol 39, 2008, 305-321

“Doing the Beans: Women, Community and Drinking in the Ladies Lounge, 1925-1975", Voicing Dissent: New Talents 21C, special edition of Journal of Australian Studies, Vol 76, 2003, 7-17

“Of public houses and private lives female hotelkeepers as domestic entrepreneurs", Australian Historical Studies, Vol 32, 2001, 57-75

Other scholarly publications:

‘Vida Goldstein’ in The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia (2014)

‘Edith Cowan’ in The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia (2014)

“What’s in a PhD?: Getting the Most Out of Your Postgraduate Research", Australian Historical Association, 7 August 2008.

“Women Publicans (Australia)" in Jack Blocker, David M. Fahey and Ian Tyrrell (eds), Alcohol and Temperance in Modern History: An International Encyclopedia, ABC Clio, California, 2003, 682-683.

“Why Susan Hussey, Ida Beer and Fanny Power D