Doctor Bridget Brooklyn

Doctor Bridget Brooklyn

Humanities (Arts)


I commenced at Western Sydney University as a casual tutor in 2008. Prior to 2008 I was employed outside the academy, as a researcher and editor with the Commonwealth Public Service, and in legal editing in the private sector.

Since joining WSU I have pursued my research interests in  Australian History, and am researching the life and work of conservative feminist activist, Dr Mary Booth.

2008 to 2010: Casual tutor. 

2011:  Temporary lecturer and unit coordinator of 'Foundations of Modern Australia'.

2012: Casual tutor

2013 to 2017: Associate lecturer 

2018 to present: Lecturer


2014: Honours thesis on Whitlam's Health Care policy

I am interested in HDR supervision on late nineteenth and twentieth century Australian political, social and legal history, with a specialist interest in feminism. For current HDR supervision, please see Supervision tab.

Recent conference papers

Australian and New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine, 2021 Conference, 2 December, 2021: 'Eugenics and Feminism in Early Twentieth Century and Interwar Australia’.

Empire, Armistice and Aftermath: the British Empire at the "End" of the Great War’, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 6 December 2018: 'Mary  Booth’s Nationalism at the end of the Great War.'

Language in Time of War and Conflict, Australian National University, December, 2017: 'Mnemosyne and Athena: the Language of Mary Booth in the Great War and After.'

Inaugural Eric Richards Symposium, Flinders University, February, 2017: 'The Best of British: Mary Booth and English Boy Settlers in Interwar Sydney'.

University of Newcastle Centre for the History of Violence, March, 2015: 'Claiming Anzac: Dr Mary Booth and the Anzac Fellowship of Women.'

Australian Historical Association, July, 2013: 'My Kitchen Rules (the Waves): Domestic Science in Interwar Sydney'.


This information has been contributed by Doctor Brooklyn.


  • PhD University of Adelaide
  • BA University of Adelaide

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Historical Association (2012 - 2024)
  • Australian Women's History Network (2012)


  • Eugenics
  • Feminism
  • Political History

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Humanities (Arts)


  • Workplace Health and Safety Central Committee


Phone: (02) 9685 9463
Location: EQ.G.10

PLEASE NOTE: obtaining information from this Directory must be for the legitimate purposes of doing business with and within Western Sydney University, and must not be used for unsolicited bulk e-mailing (spamming) or similar purposes.


Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101993 War and Society in the Twentieth Century, 2020
  • HUMN3040 From Vindication to Liberation: A Comparative History of Feminism, 2022
  • HUMN3087 Twentieth Century Australia, 2023
  • HUMN3104 Historical Methodologies, 2023
  • N11659 Australian Politics, 2014



  • Brooklyn, B., Jones, B. and Strating, R. (2023), 'Australia on the World Stage: History, Politics, and International Relations', : Routledge 9781032117188.

Chapters in Books

  • Brooklyn, B., Jones, B. and Strating, R. (2023), 'When and where is Australia?', Australia on the World Stage: History, Politics, and International Relations, Routledge 9781032117188.
  • Brooklyn, B. (2023), 'Federation to the Second World War : Australian identity and Anzac', Australia on the World Stage: History, Politics, and International Relations, Routledge 9781032117188.
  • Brooklyn, B. (2021), 'Mary Booth's imperial nationalism in the aftermath of the Great War', After the Armistice: Empire, Endgame and Aftermath, Routledge 9780367187553.
  • Brooklyn, B. (2020), 'Mnemosyne and Athena : Mary Booth, Anzac, and the language of remembrance in the First World War and after', Expressions of War in Australia and the Pacific: Language, Trauma, Memory, and Official Discourse, Palgrave Macmillan 9783030238896.
  • Brooklyn, B. (2019), 'Mary Booth and British boy immigration : from progressivism to imperial nationalism', Australia, Migration and Empire: Immigrants in a Globalised World, Palgrave Macmillan 9783030223885.
  • Brooklyn, B. (2018), '1954 : did Petrov matter?', Elections Matter: Ten Federal Elections that Shaped Australia, Monash University Publishing 9781925523157.
  • Brooklyn, B. (2012), 'The 1920s : a good decade for women in politics', Seizing the Initiative: Australian Women Leaders in Politics, Workplaces and Communities, University of Melbourne 9780734047977.

Journal Articles

  • Brooklyn, B. and Moore, A. (2023), 'Review essay on global and world histories of feminism and gender struggle', Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, vol 29 , pp 31 - 49.
  • Brooklyn, B. (2017), 'Claiming Anzac : the battle for the Hyde Park Memorial, Sydney', Melbourne Historical Journal, vol 45, no 1 , pp 112 - 130.

Other Publications

  • 2022, 'A Tendency to See This as Monolithic: Unpacking the 1954 Election', Recorded Work

My research interests are nineteenth and twentieth century Australia, particularly women's groups in the post-WWI period. I am currently researching the life and work of conservative Sydney activist Dr Mary Booth.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Brooklyn.


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Sydney's 'Paris Exhibition': An Account of the 1854 Exhibition of the Natural and Industrial Products of NSW
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Study of the editorial changes to the Australian Paper, The Bulletin, between 1900 and 1960
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Bringing Order out of Chaos: Public Policy, Political Hesitation and Sydney's Bus Service 1932-1988
Field of Research: Studies In Human Society, N.e.c.
Thesis Title: Investigating Bundanoon as the Case Study, what was the social impact of the 19th Century railway expansion into Regional NSW
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Community Change and Leadership in Early Colonial Australia: A Case Study of Deerabbun-Mulgrave Place, New South Wales 1793?1845
Field of Research:

Western Sydney University

Locked Bag 1797
Penrith NSW 2751

ABN 53 014 069 881
CRICOS Provider No: 00917k