Dr Clare

Dr Clare Wright

Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow in History, ARC Future Fellow

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Archaeology and History

DMB E122, Melbourne (Bundoora)


MA (Monash), PhD (Melbourne).



Membership of professional associations

Professional Historians Association, Australian Historical Association, Australian Writers Guild

Area of study


Brief profile

Clare Wright is an award-winning historian, author and television writer/presenter who has worked in politics, academia and the media. Clare’s doctoral research was the subject of her debut book, Beyond the Ladies Lounge: Australia’s Female Publicans (Melbourne University Publishing, 2003). She won the 2014 Stella Prize for her book The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, a revisionist work that addresses the little-acknowledged role of women in the Eureka Rebellion. Clare’s postdoctoral research allowed her to make a major contribution to the 'Eureka 150' commemorations in 2004. As well as winning the Stella Prize and the 2014 NIB Waverly Prize for Literature, she has also been shortlisted for the 2014 PM Literary Awards and the Walkley Awards. Her screenwriting credits include Utopia Girls: How Women Won the Vote (ABC) and The War That Changed Us (ABC). Clare is currently an ARC Future Fellow, researching a new history of mining in Australia, Red Dirt Dreaming.

Research interests

Australian History

- Eureka Stockade and gold rush history

- Mining history

- Social history of alcohol; pubs; publicans

- The women's suffrage movement

- Women's political activism; democracy; suffrage


Consultancy for radio and television documentaries, museums, exhibitions, cross-platform media, digital histories. Past clients include Sovereign Hill and Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.

Recent publications


  • Wright, C 2015, We Are the Rebels, Melbourne, Text Publishing.
  • Wright, C 2013, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, Melbourne, Text Publishing. Winner of the 2014 Stella Prize.
  • Wright, C 2003Beyond the Ladies Lounge: Female Publicans in Australia. Melbourne:  Melbourne University Publishing. (Republished 2014, Text Publishing) 


Articles, book chapters and journalism:

  • Wright, C 2015, "Forgetting to Remember", Griffith Review, 48, 149-165.

  • Wright, C 2015, "Making The War That Changed Us: Notes from the Frontline of History, Television and Military Remembrance" in Nelson, C and de Matos, C, TEXT Special Issue 28: Fictional histories and historical fictions: Writing history in the twenty-first century, April 2015, 1-12.

  • Wright, C 2015, 'Lest we forget our other heroes of war, fighting for freedom at home', The Conversation, 20 April.

  • Wright, C 2014, '"A splendid object lesson": A Transnational Perspective on the Birth of the Australian Nation, Journal of Women's History, Vol 26, 4, 12-37.

  • Wright, C 2013, "Sex, Lies and History on TV", in Clark, A and Ashton, P, Australian History Now, Sydney, NewSouth, 215-232.

  • Wright, C 2013, 'Flashers, femmes and other forgotten figures of the Eureka Stockade', The Conversation, 3 December.

  • Wright, C 2013, 'The other Australia Day: November 11 throughout history', The Conversation, 11 November.

  • Wright, C 2013, 'Women are central to Australia's history. Why have we forgotten them?', The Guardian, 30 October.

  • Wright, C 2012, 'Desperately seeking samuel: A diary lost and found’, La Trobe Journal, Vol 90, December 2012, 6-22.

  • Wright, C 2012, 'Gender and Power in Australia: The World is Watching', Women’s Agenda, 12 October 2012.

  • Wright, C 2012, 'Utopia Girls: A Conversation with Clare Wright', Ethos, Vol. 20, No. 3, Sept 2012, 1448-12.

  • Wright, C 2010, 'Ned’s Women: A Fractured Love Story', Meanjin, Vol 69, No 2, 2010. (with Alex McDermott), 133-121.

  • Wright, C 2009, 'A Lover and a Fighter: The Trouble with Lola Montez', Overland, Issue 195, 2009, 20-29.

  • Wright, C 2009, 'An Indelible Stain: Gifts of the Samuel Lazarus Diary', History Australia, Vol 6, No 2, 2009, 45.1-45.5.

  • Wright, C 2008, '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.

  • Wright, C 2008, 'Women Still Have to Fight for Equality', The Age, 30 September 2008.

  • Wright, C 2008, '"New Brooms They Say Sweep Clean": Women’s Political Activism on the Ballarat Goldfields', Australian Historical Studies, Vol 39, 2008, 305-321.

  • Wright, C 2008, ‘Labour Pains: A female perspective on the birth of democracy’, in Eureka 1854-2004: Reappraising an Australian Legend, ed. A Mayne. Perth: Curtin University Books.

  • Wright, C 2008, ‘Golden Opportunities: The Early Origins of Women’s Suffrage in Victoria’. Victorian Historical Journal. 79(2): 1-13.

  • Wright, C 2008, ‘New Brooms They Say Sweep Clean’: Women’s Political Activism on the Ballarat Goldfields, 1854. Australian Historical Studies. 39 (3): 305-321.

  • Wright, C 2008, ‘The Eureka Stockade: An Alternative Portrait’, in Making Australian History: Perspectives on the Past Since 1788, ed. D Gare & D Ritter. Melbourne: Thomson.

  • Wright, C 2003, ‘Doing the Beans’: Women, Community and Drinking in the Ladies Lounge, 1925-1975. Journal of Australian Studies. 27(76): 7-17.

  • Wright, C 2001, ‘Of Private Lives and Public Houses: Female Publicans as Domestic Entrepreneurs’. Australian Historical Studies. 32(116): 57-75.

  • Wright, C 1999, ‘Why Fanny Power, Ida Beer and Susan Hussey Didn’t Join the VULVA: The Politics of Public Housekeeping’, in Images of the Urban: Conference Proceedings, ed. C McConville & L Finch. Sunshine Coast University Press.


Television productions:

  • Wright, C 2012, Utopia Girls: How Women Won the Vote, ABC, Screen Australia, Renegade Films, 1 x 60m historical documentary, first broadcast 14 June 2012, written and presented by Clare Wright.

  • Wright, C 2014, The War That Changed Us, ABC, Screen Australia, Electric Pictures, 4 x 60m historical docudrama, first broadcast 28 August 2014, created and co-written by Clare Wright.




Research projects

Red Dirt Dreaming: Re-Imagining the History of Mining in Australia.