Dr Catherine Bishop

BA (Hons) Wellington MA PhD ANU
Kathleen Fitzpatrick Junior Research Fellow, Laureate International History Program

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Biographical details

I am a historian of Australian, New Zealand and international history, with a particular focus on gender and business. I have a variety of projects underway reflecting my diverse interests, including women in business, female missionaries, heritage and gender, as well as Cold War International Youth Forums. More detail about these projects can be found on my personal website http://catherinebishop.wixsite.com/history.

I have published a number of articles in both Australian and international journals, and my first book Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney (NewSouth, 2015) won the 2016 Ashurst Business Literature Prize. I have also written for the Dictionary of Sydney and am a regular speaker to public groups.

As a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Junior Research Fellow I will be focusing on women’s business networks in Australia and internationally, as well as pursuing a public outreach program focusing on businesswomen’s groups, schools and historical societies.

Research interests

  • 19th and 20th century Australian history
  • 19th century New Zealand history
  • Business history
  • Labour history
  • Women’s history
  • Gender history
  • International history
  • Heritage
  • History of missions
  • Race Relations
  • Histories of youth and education

Current projects

  • Minding Her Own Business: Australian Colonial Businesswomen
  • Women Mean Business: New Zealand’s Colonial Businesswomen
  • ‘World Minded Women’: International Federation of Business and Professional Women
  • Gendered Enterprise: Twentieth-Century Women in Australian Small Business
  • Australian Female Missionaries
  • Creating Global Citizens: Cold War International Youth Forums

Associations

  • Australian Historical Association
  • Professional Historians’ Association
  • History Council, Australia
  • Australian Women’s History Network
  • Canadian Business Historians’ Association
  • Canadian Historical Association
  • Business History Conference (US)

Awards and honours

  • Ashurst Business Literature Prize 2016 for Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney (NewSouth Publishing, 2015) https://www.ashurst.com/en/news-and-insights/news-deals-and-awards/tribute-to-colonial-australias-trailblazing-businesswomen-takes-out-business-literature-prize/
  • ‘5 Minute Research Pitch’, National Final Arts and Humanities winner 2016
  • Australian Women’s History Network’s Mary Bennett Prize for Women’s History 2016, for best article or chapter by an early career historian in any field of women’s history 2014-15, for ‘When Your Money Is Not Your Own: Coverture and Married Women in Business in Colonial New South Wales’, Law and History Review 33:1 (2015): 181-200 http://www.auswhn.org.au/prizes/mary-bennett-prize/
  • State Library of New South Wales Religious History Fellow, 2016, for ‘She Has the Native Interests Too Much at Heart’: Gender, Religion and Race in the Life of Annie Lock, Missionary to Aborigines 1903-1937 book project
  • New Zealand History Research Trust Fund Award, 2015-16, for Colonial Businesswomen in New Zealand book project
  • Australian Catholic University Faculty of Education and Arts Research Excellence Award 2015
  • City of Sydney History Publishing Grant 2015, for Minding Her Own Business (NewSouth Publishing, 2015)
  • Australian Academy of Humanities Travelling Fellowship 2015, for ‘World-Minded Women’ and ‘World Youth Forums’ projects
  • Australian Academy of Humanities Publishing Subsidy Scheme Award 2015, for Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney, (NewSouth Publishing, 2015)
  • ‘Highly Commended’ in Australian Women’s & Gender Studies Association PhD Award 2014, for ‘Commerce Was A Woman: Women in Business in Colonial Sydney and Wellington’ (ANU, 2012)
  • ANU Gender Institute PhD Thesis Prize for Excellence in Gender Research, 2013 for ‘Commerce Was A Woman: Women in Business in Colonial Sydney and Wellington’ (ANU, 2012) at the Australian Historical Association Conference, Perth, 2010

Conference papers

‘Commerce was a Woman: Women in business in mid-nineteenth century colonial cities’, Canadian Historical Association Conference, Ryerson University Toronto 29 May- 2 June 2017, (sponsored by the Canadian Business History Association) (paper accepted)

‘Gendering Colonial Business History: Businesswomen in Australasian Cities’ Asia-Pacific Economic and Business History Conference, RMIT Melbourne 8-11 February 2017

‘Exporting British shopkeepers: Female migration to the colonies in the nineteenth century’, Eric Richards Symposium in British and Australasian History, Flinders University, Adelaide, 31 January – 3 February 2017

‘Crossing Boundaries: a female missionary negotiates Australian colonialism’, Colonial Formations: Connections and Collisions Conference, University of Wollongong, Nov. 2016

‘Not Just Pin Money: Businesswomen in Colonial Cities’, Alternative Business Histories: Association of Academic Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools (AAHANZBS) 8th Annual Conference, 3-4 November 2016.

‘Not Just Helpmeets: Colonial Women in Business in New Zealand’, Making Women Visible Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand, February 2016

‘“World-minded” Women: The International Federation of Business and Professional Women’, Network for Women’s History, University of Canterbury, Kent, UK, September 2015

‘Women’s Work is Never Done: The Persistence of Small Business’, Australian Historical Association Conference, July 2015

‘The Duke, the King, the Missionary and Daisy Bates: A Royal Encounter at Ooldea Siding, 1934’, Royal Tours Workshop, June 2015

‘Gender Wars in Public Heritage: Selling Women’s History’, Australian Historical Association Conference, Brisbane, July 2014

‘Adding Women and Stirring in Australian History’, Women in the Age of Internationalism Research Day, Sydney Ideas, University of Sydney 11 May 2015

‘Mary Taylor, Businesswoman: Contesting British notions of female domesticity in the colonies’, Britain and the World Conference, Newcastle, UK, June 2014

‘Mary Taylor, Shopkeeper: Novelty or Not? Middle Class Working Women and the ‘Colonial Helpmeet’ Image in 19th Century New Zealand’, Gender and Colonial Cities Workshop, University of Sydney, December 2013

‘Mary Taylor Shopkeeper: Novelty or Not? Urban Women and Work in mid-nineteenth-century New Zealand’, Australian Historical Association Conference, Wollongong, July 2013

‘Forgotten Women: Spinks Cottage, Wellington’, Colonial Objects’ Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand, February 2013

‘When Your Money is Not Your Own: Married Businesswomen in Colonial New South Wales and English Common Law’, Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society Conference, Sydney, December 2012

‘The Changing Face of Pitt Street 1840-1890’, ‘From the Ground Up’ Conference, Sydney, 2012

‘When Your Money is Not Your Own: The Coverture Connection’, Australian Historical Association Conference, Adelaide, 2012

‘Mary Taylor, Shopkeeper: Novelty or Not? Middle Class Working Women and the “Colonial Helpmeet” Image in Nineteenth Century New Zealand’, New Zealand Historical Association Conference, Hamilton, 2011

‘A “Virtual Walk” Down Pitt Street in 1858: Uncovering the Hidden Women Workers of Colonial Sydney’, Twelfth National Labour History Conference, Canberra, 2011

‘Mary Taylor, Shopkeeper: Novelty or Not? Middle Class Working Women and the “Colonial Helpmeet” Image in Nineteenth Century New Zealand’, Network for Women’s History Conference, Warwick, UK, 2010

‘Women Settlers and Colonial Economies: Re-examining the Public/Private Sphere Dichotomy in mid-nineteenth century New South Wales and New Zealand’, International Federation for Research into Women’s History Conference, Amsterdam, 2010

‘Female Economic Survival in a Man’s World: Re-examining the public/private sphere dichotomy in mid-nineteenth century New South Wales and New Zealand’, Australian Historical Association Conference, Perth 2010

‘Annie Lock’, Using Lives Postgraduate Workshop, ANU, Canberra 2008

‘Annie Lock and the Missionary Position’, Australian Historical Association Conference, Melbourne, 2008

‘Negotiating a Gendered Missionary Space. Annie Lock: Missionary to Aborigines 1903-1937’, Australian Women’s History Network Conference, Melbourne, 2008

‘“She Has the Native Interests Too Much at Heart”: Annie Lock’s Experiences as a Single, White, Female Missionary to Aborigines 1903-1937’, Missions and Colonialism Conference, Melbourne, 2007

‘A Woman Missionary “living amongst naked blacks”: Annie Lock, 1876-1943’, 2nd ANU Missionary History Conference, Canberra, 2006

Selected publications

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Books

  • Bishop, C. (2015). Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney. Sydney: Newsouth Books.

Book Chapters

  • Bishop, C., White, R. (2015). Explorer memory and Aboriginal celebrity. In S. Konishi, M. Nugent, T. Shellam (Eds.), Indigenous Intermediaries: New Perspectives on Exploration Archives, (pp. 31-66). Canberra: ANU Press.
  • Bishop, C. (2015). Spinks Cottage: Heritage, History and Use. In A. Cooper, A. Wanhalla, L. Paterson (Eds.), The Lives of Colonial Objects, (pp. 74-79). Dunedin: University of Otago Press.
  • Bishop, C. (2011). A Virtual Walk Down Pitt Street in 1858. In M. Nolan (Eds.), Labour History and Its People: papers from the Twelfth National Labour History Conference, (pp. 116-143). Canberra: Australian Society for the Study of Labour History.
  • Bishop, C. (2008). "She Has the Native Interests Too Much at Heart": Annie Lock's Experiences as a Single, White, Female Missionary to Aborigines 1903-1937. In A. Barry, J. Cruickshank A. Brown-May, P. Grimshaw (Eds.), Evangelists of Empire? Missionaries in Colonial History, (pp. 229-244). Melbourne, Australia: eScholarship Research Centre.

Journals

  • Bishop, C. (2017). 'Better Business Women for a Better Business World' in Australia and beyond: The "world minded" women of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women. Women's History Review.
  • Bishop, C., Woollacott, A. (2016). Business and Politics as Women's Work: The Australian Colonies and the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Women's Movement. Journal of Women's History, 28(1), 84-106. [More Information]
  • Bishop, C. (2016). The Serendipity of Connectivity: piecing together women's lives in the digital archive. Women's History Review, 26(5), 766-780. [More Information]
  • Bishop, C. (2015). When Your Money Is Not Your Own: Coverture and Married Women in Business in Colonial New South Wales. Law and History Review, 33(1), 181-200. [More Information]
  • Bishop, C. (2014). Women on the Move: Gender, Money-making and Mobility in Mid-Nineteenth Century Australasia. History Australia, 11(2), 38-59. [More Information]
  • Rees, A., Bishop, C. (2013). Editorial. Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, 19, 1-2.
  • Bishop, C. (2013). Editorial. Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, 19.
  • Bishop, C. (2012). 'Coniston', film review. History Australia, 9(3).
  • Bishop, C. (1991). Not Feminist Enough: Women Missionaries; Forgotten in Australian History. Melbourne Historical Journal, 21, 7-22.

Reference Works

  • Bishop, C. (2000). Ann Lock. Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol. 15. (pp. 109). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • Bishop, C. (1994). Annie Lock. In B. Dickey (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Evangelical Biography. Sydney: Evangelical History Association.
  • Bishop, C. (1992). Ann Lock. In D. Carment, B. James (Eds.), Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography. (pp. 116-118). Casurina: NTU Press.

Other

  • Bishop, C. (2013), 'Green, Dorothy (1915-1991)'; 'Mitchell, Una Hayston (1900-1983)'; 'Lomax, Alice Christina (1893-1994)'; 'Masters, Isobel A. (1912-2000)': 'McKeahnie, Elizabeth Julia (1844-1919)'.
  • Bishop, C. (2012), Women of Pitt Street 1858.

2017

  • Bishop, C. (2017). 'Better Business Women for a Better Business World' in Australia and beyond: The "world minded" women of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women. Women's History Review.

2016

  • Bishop, C., Woollacott, A. (2016). Business and Politics as Women's Work: The Australian Colonies and the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Women's Movement. Journal of Women's History, 28(1), 84-106. [More Information]
  • Bishop, C. (2016). The Serendipity of Connectivity: piecing together women's lives in the digital archive. Women's History Review, 26(5), 766-780. [More Information]

2015

  • Bishop, C., White, R. (2015). Explorer memory and Aboriginal celebrity. In S. Konishi, M. Nugent, T. Shellam (Eds.), Indigenous Intermediaries: New Perspectives on Exploration Archives, (pp. 31-66). Canberra: ANU Press.
  • Bishop, C. (2015). Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney. Sydney: Newsouth Books.
  • Bishop, C. (2015). Spinks Cottage: Heritage, History and Use. In A. Cooper, A. Wanhalla, L. Paterson (Eds.), The Lives of Colonial Objects, (pp. 74-79). Dunedin: University of Otago Press.
  • Bishop, C. (2015). When Your Money Is Not Your Own: Coverture and Married Women in Business in Colonial New South Wales. Law and History Review, 33(1), 181-200. [More Information]

2014

  • Bishop, C. (2014). Women on the Move: Gender, Money-making and Mobility in Mid-Nineteenth Century Australasia. History Australia, 11(2), 38-59. [More Information]

2013

  • Bishop, C. (2013), 'Green, Dorothy (1915-1991)'; 'Mitchell, Una Hayston (1900-1983)'; 'Lomax, Alice Christina (1893-1994)'; 'Masters, Isobel A. (1912-2000)': 'McKeahnie, Elizabeth Julia (1844-1919)'.
  • Rees, A., Bishop, C. (2013). Editorial. Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, 19, 1-2.
  • Bishop, C. (2013). Editorial. Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, 19.

2012

  • Bishop, C. (2012). 'Coniston', film review. History Australia, 9(3).
  • Bishop, C. (2012), Women of Pitt Street 1858.

2011

  • Bishop, C. (2011). A Virtual Walk Down Pitt Street in 1858. In M. Nolan (Eds.), Labour History and Its People: papers from the Twelfth National Labour History Conference, (pp. 116-143). Canberra: Australian Society for the Study of Labour History.

2008

  • Bishop, C. (2008). "She Has the Native Interests Too Much at Heart": Annie Lock's Experiences as a Single, White, Female Missionary to Aborigines 1903-1937. In A. Barry, J. Cruickshank A. Brown-May, P. Grimshaw (Eds.), Evangelists of Empire? Missionaries in Colonial History, (pp. 229-244). Melbourne, Australia: eScholarship Research Centre.

2000

  • Bishop, C. (2000). Ann Lock. Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol. 15. (pp. 109). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

1994

  • Bishop, C. (1994). Annie Lock. In B. Dickey (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Evangelical Biography. Sydney: Evangelical History Association.

1992

  • Bishop, C. (1992). Ann Lock. In D. Carment, B. James (Eds.), Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography. (pp. 116-118). Casurina: NTU Press.

1991

  • Bishop, C. (1991). Not Feminist Enough: Women Missionaries; Forgotten in Australian History. Melbourne Historical Journal, 21, 7-22.

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