About the project

Finnane, M., Kaladelfos, A., & Piper, A. (2018). Sharing the archive: Using web technologies for accessing, storing and re-using historical data. Methodological Innovations, 11(2), 1-11. doi:10.1177/2059799118787749

Finnane, M., & Smaal, Y. (2018). The Prosecution Project: Using crime records to access family and other histories. Queensland Review, 25(1), 89-101. doi:10.1017/qre.2018.9

Finnane, M., Nisbet, S., McGuinness, M., Mason, I., Rossow, N., & Wolski, M. (2017). Enabling better data discovery of records across archives, institutions and libraries. In The Higher Education Technology Agenda (THETA) 2017: Connecting Minds. Creating The Future. Australia: Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT).

Finnane, M., & Piper, A. (2016). The Prosecution Project: Understanding the Changing Criminal Trial Through Digital Tools. Law and History Review, 34(4), 873-891. doi:10.1017/S0738248016000316

Finnane, M. (2016). The Prosecution Project: investigating the criminal trial in Australian history. Humanities Australia, 7, 35-45.

Other project team publications since 2013

Piper, A., Bijleveld, C., Dennison, S., & de Bruin, J. (2020). Female and male prisoners in Queensland 1880-1899: Re-entry, risk factors, recidivism. In M. van der Heijden, & M. Pluskota (Eds.), Women’s Criminality: Patterns and Variations in Europe, 1600-1914 (pp. 148-170). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Kaladelfos, A. (2019). “Uncovering a hidden offence: Social and legal histories of familial sexual abuse.” In Gender violence in Australia: Historical perspectives, edited by Alana Piper and Ana Stevenson. Melbourne: Monash University Press.

Smaal, Y. (2019). The Australian Speedo. In C. Brickell, & J. Collard (Eds.), Queer Objects (pp. 351-357). Canada: Otago University Press. Retrieved from

Kaladelfos, A., & Smaal, Y. (2019). Sexual violence and male prisons: an Australian queer genealogy. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 31(3), 349-364. doi:10.1080/10345329.2019.1641881

Piper, A., & Stevenson, A. (Eds.). (2019). Gender violence in Australia: Historical perspectives. Melbourne: Monash University Press.

Piper, A., & Stevenson, A. (2019). Challenging gender violence. In A. Piper, & A. Stevenson (Eds.), Gender violence in Australia: Historical Perspectives (pp. vii-xix). Melbourne: Monash University Press.

Piper, A. (2019). Understanding economic abuse as domestic violence. In A. Piper, & A. Stevenson (Eds.), Gender violence in Australia: Historical Perspectives (pp. 34-48). Melbourne: Monash University Press.

Nagy, V., & Piper, A. (2019). Imprisonment of female urban and rural offenders in Victoria 1860-1920. Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 8(1), 100-115.

Blewer, Robyn. (2018). “‘Bringing little kiddies in to court’: Child witness testimony in 20th century Australian courts.” PhD diss., Griffith University.

Durnian, Lisa. (2018). “The rise of the guilty plea in Australian Supreme Courts: A history.” PhD diss., Griffith University

Durnian, Lisa. (2018). “Police practices and the Judges’ Rules, 1926–1961.” law&history 5(2): 55-85

Piper, A., & Nagy, V. (2018). Risk factors and pathways to imprisonment among incarcerated women in Victoria, 1860-1920. Journal of Australian Studies, 42(3), 268-284.

Piper, A., & Vogel, L. (2018). Co-offenders before the court: The joinder effect in Victoria, 1861-1961. Law & History, 5(2), 111-136.

Piper, A. (2018). Victimization narratives and courtroom sexual politics: Prosecuting male burglars and female pickpockets in Melbourne, 1860-1921. Journal of Social History, 51(4), 760-783.

Piper, A. (2018). ‘Us girls won’t put one another away’: Relations among Melbourne’s prostitute pickpockets, 1860-1920. Women’s History Review, 27(2), 247-265.

Smaal, Y., & Willett, G. (2018). Conduct Unbecoming: Homosex, Discipline and Military Cultures in the Second World War. In W. Ben, & G. Andrew (Eds.), Criminologies of the Military Militarism, National Security and Justice (pp. 169-188). United Kingdom: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Kaladelfos, A., & Finnane, M. (2018). Immigration and Criminality: Australia’s Post-War Inquiries. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 64(1), 48-64. doi:10.1111/ajph.12425

Zajac, R., N. Westera, and A. Kaladelfos. (2018) “The ‘good old days’ of courtroom questioning: Changes in the format of child cross-examination questions over 60 years.” Child Maltreatment 23, no. 2 (October): 186-195.

Zajac, R., N. Westera, and A. Kaladelfos. (2017). “A historical comparison of lawyers’ strategies for cross-examining child sexual abuse complainants.” Child Abuse & Neglect 72, (October): 236-246.

Zydervelt, S., R. Zajac, A. Kaladelfos, and N. Westera. (2017). “Lawyers’ strategies for cross-examining rape complainants: Have we moved beyond the 1950s?” British Journal of Criminology 57, no. 3 (May): 551-569.

Blewer, R. (2017) “Making kiddies at home in court: Supporting child witnesses, in twentieth century Australian courtrooms.” law&history 4 (1): 62-87.

Blewer, R. (2017) “‘Commonsense tribunals for erring little folks’: Children’s courts legislation in Australia-1895 to 1907.” Limina 22 (2): 69-84.

Piper, A. (2017). Book thieves: Theft and literary culture in nineteenth and twentieth-century Australia. Cultural and Social History, 14(2), 257-273.

Piper, A. (2017). To judge a thief: How the background of thieves became central to dispensing justice, Western Australia, 1921-1951. Law & History, 4(1), 113-144.

Piper, A., & Durnian, L. (2017). Theft on trial: Prosecution, conviction and sentencing patterns in colonial Victoria and Western Australia. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 50(1), 5-22.

Finnane, M. (2017). Crime and Criminal Justice Research: Australia and its Region. Crime, Histoire & Sociétés, 21(2), 183-194. doi:10.4000/chs.1872

Finnane, M. (2017). The Third Degree. Criminal Law Journal, 41(5), 295-297. Piper, A., & Finnane, M. (2017). Defending the Accused: The Impact of Legal Representation on Criminal Trial Outcomes in Victoria, Australia 1861-1961. The Journal of Legal History, 38(1), 27-53. doi:10.1080/01440365.2017.1289673

Finnane, M., & Kaladelfos, A. (2017). British Migrants, Criminality and Deportation: Shaping the Australian Post-war Approach. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 45(2), 339-363. doi:10.1080/03086534.2017.1294240

Finnane, M. and O’Donnell, I. (2017), ‘Crime and punishment’, in E. Biagini and M. Daly (eds) The Cambridge Social History of Modern Ireland, Cambridge University Press, pp. 363-382.

Piper, A., & Finnane, M. (2017). Access to Legal Representation by Criminal Defendants in Victoria, 1861-1961. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 40(2), 638-664.

Kaladelfos, A.and L. Featherstone. (2017). “Race and ethnicity in sex crimes trials.” In Legacies of violence in modern Australia, edited by Robert Mason, 217-232. New York: Berghahn Books.

Westera, N., S. Zydervelt, A. Kaladelfos, and R. Zajac. 2017. “Sexual assault complainants on the stand: A historical comparison of courtroom questioning.” Psychology, Crime and Law 23, no. 1 (2017): 15-31

Kaladelfos, A and L. Featherstone 2016. “Sexual assault by teachers: Historical legislative, policy, and prosecutorial responses.” In The sexual abuse of children: Recognition and redress, edited by Yorick Smaal, Andy Kaladelfos, and Mark Finnane, 20-34. Melbourne: Monash University Publishing.

Smaal, Y., Kaladelfos, A., & Finnane, M. (eds) (2016). The sexual abuse of children: Recognition and redress. Melbourne: Monash University Publishing.

Kaladelfos, A. 2016. “The maliciousness of rape.” Criminal Law Journal 40, (4): 230-232.

Finnane, M. (2016). The origins of ‘modern’ policing. In Knepper P. and Johansen A. (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Crime and Criminal Justice (pp. 456-473). United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199352333.013.24

Finnane, M. (2016). The Easter Rising in Australian History and Memory. Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, 16, 30-46.

Finnane, M., & Smaal, Y. (2016). Some Questions of history: Prosecuting and punishing child sexual assault. In A. Kaladelfos, Y. Smaal and M. Finnane (Ed.), The sexual abuse of children: Recognition and  redress (pp. 7-19). Australia: Monash University Publishing.

Smaal, Y. (2016). Boys and Homosex: Danger and Possibility in Queensland, 1890-1914. In S. R. S. Sleight (Ed.), Children Childhood and Youth in the British World (pp. 221-236). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-1-137-48941-8_13

Finnane, M., & Kaladelfos, A. (2016). Race and justice in an Australian court: Prosecuting homicide in Western Australia, 1830-1954. Australian Historical Studies, 47(3), 443-461. doi:10.1080/1031461X.2016.1194442

Featherstone, L. and A. Kaladelfos. 2016. Sex crimes in the Fifties. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

Finnane, M. (2016). Guns and Massacres: The Politics of Firearms Control in Australia. In Julie Stubbs and Steve Tomsen (Ed.), Australian Violence: Crime, Criminal Justice and Beyond (pp. 31-48). Australia: Federation Press.

Finnane, M. (2016). All very civil. In S. Smith (Ed.), Judging for the people: a social history of the Supreme Court in Victoria 1841-2016 (pp. 171-192). Australia: Allen & Unwin.

Piper, A., & Nagy, V. (2017). Versatile offending: Criminal careers of female prisoners in Australia, 1860-1920. Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 48(2), 187-210.

Piper, A. (2016) ‘Woman’s special enemy’: Female Enmity in Criminal Discourse during the Long Nineteenth Century. Journal of Social History, 49(3), 671-692.

Piper, A. (Ed.). (2016). Brisbane diseased: Contagions, cures and controversy. Brisbane: Brisbane History Group and Boolarong Press.

Piper, A. (2016). Medical treatment of alcoholism in turn-of-the-century Brisbane. In A. Piper (Ed.), Brisbane Diseased: Contagions, Cures and Controversy (pp. 131-148). Brisbane: Brisbane History Group and Boolarong Press.

Piper, A. (2016). Prosecuting medical quackery: Foreign practitioners, pseudo-medicine and cancer curers. In A. Piper (Ed.), Brisbane Diseased: Contagions, Cures and Controversy (pp. 215-238). Brisbane: Brisbane History Group and Boolarong Press.

Smaal, Y. (2015). Sex, Soldiers and the South Pacific, 1939-45: Queer Identities in Australia in the Second World War. United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-1-137-36514-9

Smaal, Y., & Willett, G. (2015). Eliminate the ‘females’: The New Guinea affair and medical approaches to homosexuality in the Australian army in the Second World War. In Christina Twomey and Ernest Kho (Ed.), The Pacific War: Aftermaths, Remembrance and Culture (pp. 233-249). United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315815541

Finnane, M. (2015). The Munich Olympics Massacre and the Development of Counter-Terrorism in Australia. Intelligence and National Security, 30(6), 817-836. doi:10.1080/02684527.2014.882680

Piper, A. (2015) The special jury in Australia. Criminal Law Journal, 39(4), 218-220.

Finnane, M. (2015). Law as Politics: Chinese Litigants in Australian Colonial Courts. In S. Couchman, & K. Bagnall (Eds.), Chinese Australians: politics, engagement and resistance (pp. 117-136). BRILL. doi:10.1163/9789004288553_006

Finnane, M. (2015). Law as an intellectual vocation. Melbourne University Law Review, 38(3), 1060-1079. Retrieved from

Finnane, M. (2015). A Politics of Prosecution: The Conviction of Wonnerwerry and the Exoneration of Jerry Durack in Western Australia 1898. Law in Context, 33(1), 60-73.

Piper, A. (2015). I’ll have no man’: female families in Melbourne’s criminal subcultures, 1860–1920. Journal of Australian Studies, 39(4), 444-460.

Bellanta, M., & Piper, A.  (2015) The appearance of a flash prostitute: Brisbane prostitutes’ street style ca. 1870-1910. In N. Buick, & M. King (Eds), Remotely Fashionable: A Story of Subtropical Style. Brisbane: The Fashion Archives, 2015.

Piper, A. (2015). Women’s work: The professionalisation and policing of fortune-telling in Australia. Labour History 108, 1-16.

Bellanta, M., & Piper, A. (2014). Looking flash: disreputable women’s dress and ‘modernity’, 1870-1910. History Workshop Journal 78(1), 58-81.

Piper, A. (2014). ‘A Menace and an Evil’: Fortune-telling in Australia, 1900-1918. History Australia 11(3), 53-73.

Piper, A. (2014). The Scales of Justice. Criminal Law Journal 38(6), 384-386.

Smaal, Y. (2014). Body Politic or Body Beautiful? Gay men, Identity, and Life-style Magazines in 1990s Australia. In L. Featherstone, R. Jennings and R. Reynolds (eds.), Acts of Love and Lust: Sexuality in Australia from 1945-2010 (pp. 112-129). United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Featherstone, L. and A. Kaladelfos. 2014. “Hierarchies of harm and violence: Historicising familial sexual violence in Australia.” Australian Feminist Studies 29, no. 81 (October): 306-324.

Finnane, M. (2014). Judging, in Times of Panic. History of European Ideas, 40(1), 103-109. doi:10.1080/01916599.2013.784048

Finnane, M. (2014). ‘Habeas Corpus Mongols’ – Chinese Litigants and the Politics of Immigration in 1888. Australian Historical Studies, 45(2), 165-183. doi:10.1080/1031461X.2014.911759

Featherstone, L and Y. Smaal (2013) The Family in Australia, Journal of Australian Studies, Special Issue 37(3)

Smaal, Y. (2013). Keeping it in the family: prosecuting incest in colonial Queensland. Journal of Australian Studies, 37(3), 316-332. doi:10.1080/14443058.2013.813572

Willett, G., & Smaal, Y. (2013). Intimacy, Violence and Activism: Gay and Lesbian Perspectives on Australasian History and Society. Australia: Monash University Publishing.

Smaal, Y. (2013). Historical perspectives on child sexual abuse, part 2. History Compass, 11(9), 715-726. doi:10.1111/hic3.12073

Smaal, Y. (2013). Historical perspectives on child sexual abuse, part 1. History Compass, 11(9), 702-714. doi:10.1111/hic3.12083

Willett, G., & Smaal, Y. (2013). ‘A homosexual institution’: Same-sex desire in the army during World War II. Australian Army Journal, 10(3), 23-40.

Smaal, Y. (2013). “It Is One of Those Things That Nobody Can Explain”: Medicine, Homosexuality, and the Australian Criminal Courts during World War II. Journal of the History of Sexuality, 22(3), 501-524. doi:10.7560/JHS22306

Smaal, Y. (2013). “Indecent and Indecorous” behaviour: The Police and Homosexuality in Turn-of-the-Century Queensland. In Graham Willett and Yorick Smaal (Ed.), Intimacy, Violence and Activism: Gay and Lesbian Perspectives on Australasian History and Society (pp. 56-73). Australia: Monash University Publishing.

Finnane, M. (2013). Terrorism and government: between history and criminology: Sir John Barry Memorial Lecture, University of Melbourne, 2012. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 46(2), 159-177. doi:10.1177/0004865813483296

Finnane, M. (2013). Raphael Cilento in Medicine and Politics: Visions and Contradictions. Queensland Review, 20(1), 4-14. doi:10.1017/qre.2013.2

Finnane, M. (2013). Law as Politics: Chinese Litigants in Australian Colonial Courts. Journal of Chinese Overseas, 9(2), 193-211. doi:10.1163/17932548-12341259

Finnane, M. (2013). Law and Regulation. In Alison Bashford and Stuart Macintyre (Ed.), The Cambridge History of Australia: Indigenous and Colonial Australia (Vol. 1, pp. 391-413). Australia: Cambridge University Press.

Finnane, M., & Donkin, S. (2013). Fighting Terror with Law? Some Other Genealogies   of Pre-emption. International Journal for Crime and Justice, 2(1), 3-17

Finnane, M. (2013). Deporting the Irish Envoys: Domestic and National Security in 1920s Australia. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 41(3), 403-425. doi:10.1080/03086534.2013.789276

Kaladelfos, Amanda. (2013). “‘Until death does part us’: Male friendship, intimacy, and violence in late colonial Australia.” In Intimacy, violence and activism: Gay and lesbian perspectives, edited by Graham Willett and Yorick Smaal, 39-55. Melbourne: Monash University Publishing.

Kaladelfos, A. (2013). “The dark side of the family: Paternal child homicide in Australia’. Journal of Australian Studies 37, no. 3 (August): 333-348.