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Ailsa Thomson Zainuddin

Ailsa Thomson Zainuddin is a writer and scholar who has specialised in the history of education. Born in Melbourne in 1927, Ailsa studied English and history at the University of Melbourne, and received her MA for a thesis entitled ‘The Bulletin and Australian Nationalism’. In 1954, Ailsa travelled to Jakarta under the Volunteer Graduate Scheme, working at the English Language Inspectorate. In 1965 she joined the Faculty of Education, Monash University, where she carried out pioneering work in relation to Southeast Asian history of education, and the history of education for girls and women. Ailsa was awarded a PhD from Monash University in 1983 for her centenary history of Methodist Ladies’ College, Kew, the school she herself attended, and which she maintained an association with for over fifty years. Ailsa’s published works also include A Short History of Indonesia, and an Indonesian cookery book. She retired from Monash in 1992. Ailsa and her husband Zainu’ddin (Minangkabau), whom she married in 1954, have two daughters.


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  • Bridges of Friendship

    Ann McCarthy and Ailsa Thomson Zainuddin

Events

The Big Teal – Book Launch (online)

Online

Join Simon Holmes à Court in conversation with the Guardian’s political editor Katharine Murphy and the Independent Member for Curtin, Kate Chaney, to celebrate the launch of his book, The Big...

Free

The Big Teal – Simon Holmes à Court in conversation

Readings Hawthorn 701 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria, 3122, Hawthorn, VIC

Join us to hear Simon Holmes à Court in conversation with Monique Ryan; facilitated by Gay Alcorn. Published as part of the In the National Interest series, The Big Teal,...

Free

Book launch – Shadowline: The Dunera Diaries of Uwe Radok

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre 214-218 Nicholson St, Footscray, VIC

Join us for the launch of Shadowline: The Dunera Diaries of Uwe Radok, edited by Jacquie Houlden and Seumas Spark. To be launched by Dennis Altman. 6 for 6:30pm start....

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