Marilyn Lake

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Marilyn Lake
Born Marilyn Lee Calvert
(1949-01-05) 5 January 1949 (age 68)
Hobart, Tasmania
Awards Harbison-Higinbotham Prize (1985)
Human Rights Commission Arts Non-Fiction Award (1994, 2002)
Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (1995)
Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (1999)
Queensland Premier's History Book Award (2008)
Sir Ernest Scott Prize (2009)
Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-Fiction (2009)
Academic background
Alma mater University of Tasmania (BA Hons, MA)
Monash University (PhD)
Thesis title The limits of hope: soldier settlement in Victoria, 1915–1938
Thesis year 1984
Academic work
Institutions University of Melbourne
La Trobe University
Main interests Australian history
Feminist theory and gender
Nationalism and the World Wars
Notable works Creating a Nation (1994)
Faith: Faith Bendler, Gentle Activist (2002)
Drawing the Global Colour Line (2008)

Marilyn Lake FAHA, FASSA (born 5 January 1949) is an Australian historian known for her work on the effects of the military and war on Australian civil society,[1] the political history of Australian women[2] and Australian racism including the White Australia Policy[3] and the movement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander human rights.[2] She was awarded a Personal Chair in History at La Trobe University in 1994. She has been elected a Fellow, Australian Academy of the Humanities and a Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.[4]

Her research interests include Australian history; nation and nationalism; gender, war and citizenship; femininity and masculinity; history of feminism; race, gender and imperialism; global and trans-national history.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Marilyn Lee Calvert was born 5 January 1949 in Hobart, Tasmania. On 5 October 1968 she married Sam (Philip Spencer) Lake. They have two daughters.[4][6]

She studied History at the University of Tasmania, where she resided at Jane Franklin Hall, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts on 10 April 1968. That year she submitted her honours thesis, W.A. Wood's and the Clipper, 1903 – 1909. A Study in Radical Journalism, and was awarded Honours which was conferred on 2 April 1969.[6][7]

On 11 April 1973 she was graduated Master of Arts by the University of Tasmania.[6] Her thesis, on Tasmanian society in World War 1, became her first book, A Divided Society, in 1975.[8]:2

She was graduated a Doctor of Philosophy by Monash University in 1984.[9] Her doctoral thesis, "The limits of hope: soldier settlement in Victoria, 1915–1938"[10] became a book with the same title in 1987.[11]


In 1986, Lake was appointed a lecturer in History and Social Theory at The University of Melbourne.[4]

In 1988, she was appointed Senior Lecturer and made foundational Director of Women's Studies (1988–94) at La Trobe University. In 1991, Lake was appointed Reader in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University.[4] In 1994 she was elevated to Professor of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University with a Personal Chair in History.[4]

In 1997, she was Visiting Professorial Fellow, Stockholm University.[4]

In 2001–2002, she was the Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University.[4]

Between 2004 and 2008 she was an Australian Research Council Australian Professorial Fellow, La Trobe University.[4]

In 2008, she was a Research Fellow at the Australian Prime Ministers Centre in Canberra.[12]

In 2011, Professor Lake was awarded another Australian Research Council Professorial Research Fellowship "to investigate the international history of Australian democracy. She will research both the impact of Australian democratic innovation – manhood suffrage, the 8 hour day, the Australian ballot, women's rights – overseas, and Australian engagements with international organisations such as the ILO and United Nations, the translation of new human rights into citizenship rights, at home, in the twentieth century."[13]

Committees and voluntary work[edit]

Lake is a former President, Australian Historical Association.[14]

Lake is a member of the reference group of the Australian Women's History Forum.[15]

Lake is a member of the editorial boards of Labor History, Journal of Australian Studies and Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society, and was a member of the editorial board of Australian Historical Studies between 2006 and 2009.[4]

Lake was a member of the La Trobe University Council between 1995 and 1997 and of Monash University Council between 1985 and 1989.[4]

She was a Museum Victoria councillor from 1985 to 1989 and a member of the History Council of Victoria between 2001 and 2004.[4]

She served as a member of the Sullivan's Cove Waterfront Authority between 2005 and 2009.[4]

She was a director and board member, Victorian Women's Trust from 2005 to 2009.[4]

Awards and honours[edit]

Marilyn Lake has received the following awards and honours:

  • 1985, The University of Melbourne Harbison-Higinbotham Prize[4]
  • 1994, Human Rights Non-Fiction Award for Creating a Nation with Patricia Grimshaw, Marian Quartly and Ann McGrath[16]
  • 1995, elected Fellow, The Australian Academy of the Humanities[17]
  • 1999, elected Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia[18]
  • 2000, awarded Doctor of Letters (honoris causa), University of Tasmania[19]
  • 2002, Human Rights Arts Non-Fiction Award for Faith: a biography of Faith Bandler[20]
  • 2003, Centenary Medal[21]
  • 2008, Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, History Book – Faculty of Arts, University of Queensland Award for Drawing the Global Colour Line (with Henry Reynolds)[22]
  • 2009, Prime Minister's Literary Award for non-fiction book Drawing the Global Colour Line (with Henry Reynolds)[23]
  • 2009, The University of Melbourne Ernest Scott Prize for Drawing the Global Line' (with Henry Reynolds)[24]

Major works[edit]


  1. ^ Annie Guest, "Historians challenge Anzac legend", Australian Broadcasting Corporation Transcripts, 24 April 2010
  2. ^ a b "Book – A triumph of gentle Faith." Gold Coast Bulletin (Nationwide News Pty Limited), 24 August 2002. "Marilyn Lake, renowned historian and Australia's leading authority on the political history of women."
  3. ^ Marilyn Lake, "'Yellow peril' racism rears its ugly head" (op-ed), The Age, 3 April 2010 p. 21
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Who's Who Live (Australia)". Crown Content ABN 37 096 393 636. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Lake, Marilyn (entry), Teaching Aust. Lit. Resource (TAL) (database online) Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Australia Licence.
  6. ^ a b c "Marilyn Lee Calvert" (entry), University of Tasmania. Graduation Verification Service (database online). Accessed 18 August 2011.
  7. ^ University of Tasmania. Thesis Database (database online). Accessed 18 August 2011.
  8. ^ Judy Skene "Politics, Identity, History: An Interview with Marilyn Lake" (1998) Limina (Western Australia) Vol 4 (1) pp 1–10. Accessed 18 August 2011.
  9. ^ Richard Crompton (photographer) "Dr Marilyn Lake with Dr Sam Lake of Zoology and Jessica Monash University." (graduation photograph). Accessed 18 August 2011.
  10. ^ Marilyn Lake, "The limits of hope: soldier settlement in Victoria, 1915–1938" (1984) Thesis submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Melbourne.
  11. ^ Marilyn Lake, The limits of hope: soldier settlement in Victoria (1987, Oxford University Press, Melbourne).
  12. ^ Professor Marilyn Lake (staff profile), La Trobe University. Humanities and Social Sciences. History Program. accessed 18 August 2011.
  13. ^ Michael Richards, "Professor Marilyn Lake to investigate the international history of Australian democracy" Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 15 March 2011 accessed 18 August 2011.
  14. ^ "National Archives of Australia launches joint scholarship program with Australian Historical Association at Annual Regional Conference in Launceston" (Media Release) 7 July 2011 Australian Government News via HT Media Limited.
  15. ^ About Australian Women's History Forum, accessed 18 August 2011.
  16. ^ 1994 Human Rights Medal and Awards Australian Human Rights Commission accessed 19 August 2011
  17. ^ Professor Marilyn Lake (entry) in The Academy Fellows, The Australian Academy of the Humanities (database online) accessed 18 August 2011.
  18. ^ Professor Marilyn Lake (entry) in Academy Fellows, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (database online) accessed 18 August 2011.
  19. ^ University of Tasmania Honorary Graduates by surname 1951–1990 (PDF) accessed 18 August 2011
  20. ^ 2002 Human Rights Medal and Awards Australian Human Rights Commission accessed 19 August 2011
  21. ^ "Marilyn Lake. Centenary Medal". Its an honour. (database online). Retrieved 18 August 2011. For service to Australian society and the humanities in the study of Australian women's history. 
  22. ^ Queensland Premier's Literary Awards. Previous Winners. accessed 19 August 2011.
  23. ^ "2009 Prime Minister's Literary Awards winners"
  24. ^ University's Ernest Scott Prize winner announced, The University of Melbourne accessed 19 August 2011.

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