About

Historian, journalist, mother. Writing helps me figure stuff out. I’m the author of Stop Press: the last days of newspapers (Scribe, 2013).  You can read a general summary of the book’s themes here. A small strand of the book deals with journalism degrees and some of the reasons I left journalism academia. The Australian Financial Review named Stop Press one of the best books of 2013.

I launched my artist newspaper, Melbourne Sirius, on 3 March at newspaper buildings (past and present) in Melbourne’s CBD.  The project was made possible by a 2013-14 creative fellowship at the State Library of Victoria. Sirius is an illustrated obituary of the 525 dead newspapers made in the CBD from 1838 until now. It includes photographs of about 175 mastheads and footnotes. Typographer Stephen Banham designed the paper and it is more beautiful that I could have imagined. Crikey, Radio National’s Media Report and Arts Hub were among those who covered the project. Sirius is now in the Australian rare printed collection of the National Library of Australia.

My first book, The Parihaka Album: Lest We Forget (Huia, 2009) explored memories of New Zealand’s nineteenth century wars of foundation through whanau (family), local and national perspectives. Absolute beginner with blogs.  My writing on Māori history, especially Taranaki history, is published in Australian, New Zealand and international scholarly journals. ‘There’s a buried forest on my land’ was included in Tell You What: Great New Zealand Non-Fiction 2015 (Auckland University Press, 2014). The full version of this piece, Orimupiko 22 and the haze of history, was published in the Journal of New Zealand Studies.

Twitter @BuchananRachel

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One Response to About

  1. Ruth HillNoble says:

    How sad that those of us in rural areas miss out on what sounds like a wonderful publication in ‘Melbourne Sirius’.
    I miss the broadsheet Age.
    Newspaper in hands, and newsprint on hands, the crunch or rustle of the page turn, the smell and the sneezes – a click ‘on-line’ just doesn’t do it.

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