I am thrilled to be starting research for a new book provisionally titled ‘Tales of a Frozen Land: Australians and Antarctica’, commissioned by NLA Publishing for the National Library of Australia. Much of my research will be undertaken in the NLA’s Petherick Reading Room (pictured above). Here’s the announcement in the July edition of the Petherick Newsletter:
Dr Joy McCann has recently commenced writing a history of Australians and Antarctica for future publication by the National Library of Australia. She is spending much of her research time in the Petherick Reading Room, drawing on the NLA’s extensive collections of photographs, maps, manuscripts, oral histories, objects and books relating to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Joy is an environmental and cultural historian interested in the history of human relationships with rural and ocean environments in the Southern Hemisphere. Joy holds a PhD from the Australian National University and has written on many aspects of Australian history drawing on her experience as a public historian in libraries, museums and the heritage sector. Her book Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean was recently published by NewSouth Publishing and is available from the NLA Bookshop.