Talking History: Wonder Women

This edition of Talking History is titled Wonder Women: Celebrating South Australia’s Weird and Wonderful Women. Hear from four writers and historians as they discuss techniques for telling women’s stories.


  • Why do women’s stories matter?
  • If the lives of historical women are drawn from different sources than the official records often used to write the lives of men, do they require unique methods for studying and storying?
  • Might the ends ever justify the means when it comes to using imaginative techniques to re-present the lives of those who would otherwise remain silenced in historic records?
  • What do women’s lives tell us without which our perspective of the past would remain forever distorted?
  • And what do the lives of South Australian women reveal about the state’s distinctive past?


Panelists: Emerita Professor Margaret Allen, Gender Studies, The University of Adelaide; Dr Alecia Simmonds, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, UTS: University of Technology Sydney; Lainie Anderson, writer and 2023 Emerging Historian of the Year; and Leeza Peters, artist and writer. Chair: Dr Kiera Lindsey, History Advocate, History Trust of South Australia.


Talking History is presented by the History Trust of South Australia and the University of South Australia.

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