Participant Info

First Name
Alexandra
Last Name
McKinnon
Affiliation
Australian National University
Website URL
https://twitter.com/alxndramck
Keywords
Memory, Commemoration, Military History, Imperial History, First World War, Second World War
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Personal Info

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About Me

My current research explores memory, commemoration, and loss in the aftermath of the Great War. My MPhil thesis focuses on the involvement of bereaved families in the collection of records at the Australian War Memorial. I am particularly interested in transnational histories of the world wars, exploring conflicting national identities amid imperial conflict.

I’ve worked as an interpreter at a range of cultural institutions, including the Australian War Memorial (Canberra, Australia), the Canadian National Vimy Memorial (Northern France), and the Diefenbunker (Ottawa, Ontario). In 2019, I was the teaching assistant for an undergraduate study tour to the Australian battlefields of the First World War, visiting London, Gallipoli, and the Western Front. I also participated in the 2017 Canadian Battlefields Foundation study tour, visiting Canadian sites from the world wars across France and Belgium.

Recent Publications

I am proud of them all and we all have suffered”: The First World War, the Australian War Memorial, and a family in war and peace
The Australian Journal of Biography and History, 2020

Another brilliant career: Kathleen Ussher (1891–1983), illustrator, writer, public servant
On the edge of history: Nell Malone (1881–1963), hospital orderly and governess
Inside Story and the Australian Dictionary of Biography, 2019

Impressions of Empire: Autograph books as a historical source, 1899 – 1919
Australian War Memorial, 2019

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Australia, Canada, India, Sri Lanka
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Family, Material Culture, Military, Museums, Public History, Women, World War I, World War II