Alistair's research and teaching explores the ways in which different kinds of life-story evidence can illuminate the past and its meanings in the present lives of individuals and society. His current work explores the opportunities and challenges of digital (oral) history, and the history of fatherhood in 20th-century Australia. from 2011-15, Alistair led the Australian Generations oral history project, an ARC Linkage collaboration between Monash and La Trobe university historians, ABC Radio National and the National Library of Australia.
Alistair leads the Monash Historical Studies Graduate Research Program, and supervises graduate research students working on a wide range of 20th century history projects.
Alistair Thomson's Articles
The other Anzac story
Some Australians are still uncomfortable with attempts to challenge the Anzac myth.
Holden on to 'family' values
Oral historians are collecting memories from those who worked for the car manufacturer over the decades.
Episode 11: The Australian identity debate
Australia once identified itself as the “lucky country”, a place where the “Aussie battler” was given a fair go, but can it still lay claim to this?
New research is examining the evolution of Australian fatherhood and family responsibilities over the past 100 years.
Reimagining Australia Day
A day that is meant to bring everyone together to reflect on national identity, draws us down a dark alley of division.