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Kate Bagnall

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Kate Bagnall

Senior Lecturer in Humanities

Humanities Building , Sandy Bay Campus

0362262255 (phone)

kate.bagnall@utas.edu.au

Kate Bagnall is Senior Lecturer in Humanities and coordinator of the Diploma of Family History at the University of Tasmania. She has a background in public history and archives, completing her PhD in History at the University of Sydney while working at the National Archives of Australia in Canberra. Kate is best known for her work in Chinese Australian history, particularly the history of women, children and families in Australia’s early Chinese communities. Before joining the University of Tasmania in 2019, Kate was an ARC DECRA Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDGolden shadows on a white land: An exploration of the lives of white women who partnered Chinese men and their children in southern Australia, 1855–1915University of SydneyAustralia2007
BA(Hons)

‘Done to death’: Narratives of baby-farming and infanticide in Australia, 1890–1904

University of SydneyAustralia1996

Languages (other than English)

Kate has studied Chinese language at the University of Sydney and Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China. She speaks intermediate Mandarin and elementary Cantonese.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Australian Historical Association (member)
  • Professional Historians Association (member)
  • Australian Women’s History Network (member)
  • Centre for Applied History, Macquarie University (invited associate)
  • Chinese Australian Historical Association Inc. (founding life member)

Teaching

History of the family; family history; Chinese-Australian history; women’s history; Australian and New Zealand history (1850–1950); Australian migration history; legal history

Teaching expertise

Kate coordinates the Diploma of Family History at the University of Tasmania. She also teaches Australian history at undergraduate level and undertakes postgraduate supervision.

Teaching responsibility

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Expertise

Kate’s research interests include:

  • legal histories of migration and citizenship
  • the White Australia Policy and Chinese restriction
  • overseas Chinese family life
  • Chinese in colonial Australasia (especially New South Wales, New Zealand and Tasmania)
  • Chinese transnationalism and qiaoxiang ties
  • Chinese Australian documentary heritage

Fields of Research

  • Australian history (430302)
  • Cultural heritage management (incl. world heritage) (430203)
  • New Zealand history (430320)

Research Objectives

  • Understanding Australia's past (130703)
  • Understanding New Zealand's past (130705)
  • Conserving the historic environment (130405)
  • Understanding Asia's past (130702)

Publications

Total publications

25

Highlighted publications

(3 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2018Journal ArticleBagnall K, 'Potter v. Minahan: Chinese Australians, the law and belonging in White Australia', History Australia, 15, (3) pp. 458-474. ISSN 1833-4881 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14490854.2018.1485503 [eCite] [Details]

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2012Chapter in BookBagnall K, 'Crossing oceans and cultures', Australia's Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century, UWA Publishing, D Walker, A Sobocinska (ed), Crawley, Australia, pp. 121-144. ISBN 9781742583495 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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2011Journal ArticleBagnall K, 'Rewriting the history of Chinese families in nineteenth-century Australia', Australian Historical Studies, 42, (1) pp. 62-77. ISSN 1031-461X (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/1031461X.2010.538419 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12

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Journal Article

(13 outputs)
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2021Bagnall KJ, Sherratt T, 'Missing links: data stories from the archive of British settler colonial citizenship', Journal of World History, 32, (2) pp. 1-23. ISSN 1045-6007 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

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2020Bagnall K, 'Chinese women in colonial New South Wales: from absence to presence', Australian Journal of Biography and History, 3 pp. 3-20. ISSN 2209-9522 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.22459/AJBH.2020.01 [eCite] [Details]

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2019Bagnall K, Couchman S, 'Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies', 8 ISSN 1834-609X (2019) [Edited Journal]

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2019Bagnall KJ, '19 世纪新南威尔士殖民地的中国女性 [Chinese women in nineteenth-century New South Wales]', Quanqiu shi pinglun [Global History Review], 16 pp. 106-127. (2019) [Refereed Article]

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2018Bagnall K, 'Potter v. Minahan: Chinese Australians, the law and belonging in White Australia', History Australia, 15, (3) pp. 458-474. ISSN 1833-4881 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14490854.2018.1485503 [eCite] [Details]

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2013Bagnall K, 'Landscapes of memory and forgetting: Indigo and Shek Quey Lee', Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies, 6 pp. 7-24. ISSN 1834-609X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2013Bagnall K, 'Journal of Chinese Overseas', 9, (2) ISSN 1793-0391 (2013) [Edited Journal]

DOI: 10.1163/17932548-12341254 [eCite] [Details]

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2013Bagnall K, Couchman S, 'Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies', 6 ISSN 1834-609X (2013) [Edited Journal]

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2011Bagnall K, 'Rewriting the history of Chinese families in nineteenth-century Australia', Australian Historical Studies, 42, (1) pp. 62-77. ISSN 1031-461X (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/1031461X.2010.538419 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12

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2006Bagnall K, 'Journal of Chinese Australia', 2 ISSN 1832-5823 (2006) [Edited Journal]

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2005Bagnall K, 'Journal of Chinese Australia', 1 ISSN 1832-5823 (2005) [Edited Journal]

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2003Bagnall K, ' I am nearly heartbroken about him': stories of Australian mothers' separation from their Chinese' children', History Australia, 1, (1) pp. 30-40. ISSN 1449-0854 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14490854.2003.11828254 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6

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2002Bagnall K, 'Across the threshold: white women and Chinese hawkers in the white colonial imaginary', Hecate, 28, (2) pp. 9-32. ISSN 0311-4198 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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Book

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Bagnall K, Martinez JT, 'Locating Chinese Women: Historical Mobility between China and Australia', Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong, pp. 296. (2021) [Edited Book]

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2015Bagnall K, 'The Chungking Legation: Australia's diplomatic mission in wartime China', Museum of Chinese Australian History, Australia, pp. 84. ISBN 9780958778558 (2015) [Authored Other Book]

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2015Couchman S, Bagnall KJ, 'Chinese Australians: Politics, Engagement and Resistance', Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 320. ISBN 9789004288508 (2015) [Edited Book]

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Chapter in Book

(7 outputs)
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2019Couchman S, Bagnall K, 'Memory and meaning in the search for Chinese Australian families', Remembering migration: oral histories and heritage in Australia, Palgrave Macmillan, Darian-Smith Kate, Hamilton Paula (ed), Cham, Switzerland, pp. 357. ISBN 978-3-030-17750-8 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-17751-5_22 [eCite] [Details]

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2019Sherratt T, Bagnall K, 'The People Inside', Seeing the Past with Computers: Experiments with Augmented Reality and Computer Vision for History, University of Michigan Press,, K Kee and T Compeau (ed), USA, pp. 11-31. ISBN 9780472900879 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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2017Bagnall K, ''To his home at Jembaicumbene': women's cross-cultural encounters on a colonial goldfield', Migrant cross-cultural encounters in Asia and the Pacific, Routledge, Leckie Jacqueline, McCarthy Angela, Wanhalla Angela (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 56-75. ISBN 9781472481474 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4324/9781315595221 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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2017Bagnall K, 'Writing Home from China: Charles Allen's Transnational Childhood', Migrant Nation: Australian Culture, Society and Identity, Anthem Press, PL Arthur (ed), London, pp. 91-118. ISBN 9781783087204 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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2012Bagnall K, 'Crossing oceans and cultures', Australia's Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century, UWA Publishing, D Walker, A Sobocinska (ed), Crawley, Australia, pp. 121-144. ISBN 9781742583495 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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2008Bagnall K, 'A journey of love: Agnes Breuer's sojourn in 1930s China', Transnational Ties: Australian Lives in the World, ANU Press, D Deacon (ed), Canberra, Australia, pp. 115-134. ISBN 9781921536212 (2008) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.22459/TT.12.2008.07 [eCite] [Details]

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2004Bagnall K, ''He Would Be a Chinese Still': Negotiating Boundaries of Race, Culture and Identity in Late Nineteenth Century Australia', After the Rush: Regulation, Participation and Chinese Communists in Australia 1860-1940, Otherland Literary Journal, S Couchman (ed), Fitzroy, Victoria, pp. 153-170. ISBN 0646443526 (2004) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2008Bagnall K, ''Being Maori-Chinese: Mixed Identities' by Manying Ip', Sites: New Series, 5, (2) pp. 180-191. ISSN 1026-0218 (2008) [Review Single Work]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Bagnall K, 'How do you trace a family history when the births of girls aren't even recorded?', Breakfast with Ryk Goddard, ABC Radio Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania, 13 February (2020) [Media Interview]

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Kate’s research has been supported by:

  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), 2016–2019 (DE160100027, $357,793)
  • Australian Academy of the Humanities Travelling Fellowship, 2014 ($4000)
  • Ian Maclean Award, National Archives of Australia, 2012–13 ($14,825)
  • Early Career Summer Fellow, Centre for Historical Research, National Museum of Australia, January–April 2009 (12 weeks, APS6)

Research Supervision

Kate welcomes expressions of interest from potential honours and postgraduate students with interests in:

  • the history of the family (including family history/genealogy)
  • Australian women’s history
  • history of Chinese in Australia and New Zealand
  • biography and microhistory

Current

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDOthered in Comparison: Real and Imagined Colonial Irish relations with Indigenous Peoples in Australia and New Zealand2020