The eighties: The end of the Society and ANUHJ

Until 1981, the ANUHJ continued largely uninterrupted. In 1979, one annual report even claimed that the Society was providing a ‘very precious contribution to the general harmony prevailing within the Department’. Yet, the Journal appears to have suddenly lost momentum in 1982. The problem seems to have continued and in a staff meeting in 1985, the department recognised one student’s ‘valiant’ efforts to try and publish the Journal single-handedly but decided that it would produce one final issue to keep faith with subscribers before ceasing publication. The last issue was published in 1987.

Figure 1: ANU Department of History annual photograph, 1978. Collection: Private papers of Campbell Macknight.