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Personal profile


Dr Deborah Jordan is a Petherick Reader with the National Library of Australia and a Research Associate with the R J Ryan Foundation in Queensland. She also works as a professional historian and writer with a research focus on Australian’s intangible literary and cultural heritage and the history of social movements especially as it relates to both ‘national’ (gendered) narratives and economies; the values, institutions, government policies and economic structures that enhance women, men and children’s fuller participation in their communities locally, regionally, nationally and globally; and climate change and the environment.

Her selection of Nettie and Vance Palmer's love letters Loving Words 1909-1914 came out in 2018; she has published widely on both the Palmers notably Nettie Palmer Search for an Aesthetic (1999) and more recently advising Gale on the compilation of critical writings for  their series Twentieth Century Criticism (2016). Other books include Climate Change Narratives in Australian Fiction (2014); Eastcoast Shipwrecks (1996); The World of Work in South Australia (1992) and the History of Independent Schools in South Australia (1986). With Carole Ferrier, she edited Hibiscus and Ti-Tree: Women in Queensland (2009) and with Sarah Paddle Lyn Jordan There's a Woman in the House (2002).

External positions

Petherick Fellow, National Library of Australia

Research Associate, R J Ryan Foundation, Queensland University of Technology

Research area keywords

  • Australian History
  • Australian Literary History
  • Australian biography
  • Australian culture
  • Australian literature
  • Child protection
  • Climate Change
  • English Language/Literature
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental issues
  • Gender and women's history
  • Gender studies
  • Governance
  • Government
  • Historical Documents
  • History - Australian
  • History of ideas
  • History of women's ideas
  • Indigenous Australians - history
  • Industrial relations
  • Intellectual History
  • Literary History
  • Literature and politics
  • Marine Environment
  • Marine and coastal education
  • Maritime History
  • Oral History
  • Political biography
  • Political history
  • Political movements
  • Political philosophy
  • Politics and society
  • Politics of knowledge
  • Publishing
  • Religious History
  • Social history
  • Social justice
  • Sociological Theory
  • Sociology of Sex and Gender
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Spirituality and meaning
  • Women's History
  • Women's Studies
  • Women's issues
  • Women's writing
  • Work and family issues

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Projects 2017 2017

World War 1: Leading Australian Women

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Project: Research

Research Output 1990 2018

Adela Pankhurst, Peace Negotiator: World War 1, Queensland

Jordan, D., 2018, In : Outskirts: Feminisms along the edge. 39, p. 1-20 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Eva Bacon (1909-1994)

Jordan, D., 2018, Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra ACT Australia: ANU E Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEncyclopaedia / Dictionary EntryOtherpeer-review

Loving Words: Letters of Nettie and Vance Palmer 1909-1914

Jordan, D., 2018, Blackheath NSW Australia: Brandl & Schlesinger. 435 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Negotiating the End of War: Leading Peace Women, Queensland 1909-1919

Jordan, D., 2018, Cincerea Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBookOtherpeer-review

Queensland Anti-War feminists during world war one

Jordan, D., 2018, In : The Queensland Journal of Labour History. 27, p. 24-37 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Press / Media

RECOVERED LIVES A comet across the feminist landscape

Deborah Jordan


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Listening for the Future

Deborah Jordan


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature