Faculty of Education and Arts

Dr Janice Newton

Position: Adjunct Senior Lecturer and Researcher
Study area: Humanities and Social Sciences
Location: Mt Helen Campus
Phone: 5331 4149
Email: j.newton@federation.edu.au


Professional Certificate in Native Title and the Anthropology of Aboriginal Land Tenure - University of Adelaide - 1999.
Doctor of Philosophy – Monash University - 1982
Diploma of Education – Monash University - 1972
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) – Monash University- 1971


Indigenous History (2013) The Anthropology of Indigenous Art (2011)


Dr Newton has had diverse teaching and research experiences. She was appointed to Ballarat CAE in 1987 after tutoring and lecturing in Anthropology at Monash University and University of Queensland and teaching in the Monash Orientation Scheme for Aborigines. At Ballarat University she worked mainly in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Nursing programs teaching Introductory Sociology and Sociology of Health, Work, Youth and Family; Urban Anthropology; Melanesian ethnography, and Indigenous Health, History and Art. Her research interests have included student poverty, socio-history of 1920s-30s bush tourism, women and small business and permanent residents in caravan parks as well as Aboriginality and settler Aboriginal relations.

Areas of expertise

Janice gained a PhD in Social Anthropology after completing fieldwork in Papua New Guinea with a focus on economic anthropology and development. She has examined theses in this area and the areas of alternative culture and sociology of health. Her current areas of expertise lie in settler Aboriginal relations and contemporary housing in caravan parks.

Research interests

  • Housing - Permanent residents in Caravan Parks
  • Settler Aboriginal relations and Aboriginality
  • Kinship in contemporary Australian society


Past supervisions have covered topics such as sexual abuse, refugee oral history, nineteenth century Ballarat history and Aboriginal history.



2015 Mullawallah: The Last King Billy of Ballarat Ballarat Heritage Services for VIPs, Ballarat.

2014 Parkland: When Caravan is Home, Australian Scholarly Press, Melbourne.

2011 with P. Herlihy, K. Phillips, and I James, Aborigines in the Yarra Valley and Northern Dandenongs, Mt Evelyn History Group supported by grants from Public Records Office and Shire of Yarra Ranges.

2001 with eds. P. Herlihy & K. Phillips, Tracks to Trails: a history of Mt. Evelyn, centenary edition, MEEPPA.

1997 with eds. P. Herlihy & K. Phillips, Tracks to trails: a history of Mt. Evelyn, MEEPPA in association with Australian Studies Centre, University of Ballarat.

1985 Orokaiva Production and Change Development Studies Centre, ANU, Pacific Monograph Series.

Book chapters

2000 "Households and Families: Melanesia and Aboriginal Australia" ed.C.
Kramarae & D. Spender, Routledge International Encyclopaedia of Women: Global Women's Issues and Knowledge, Routledge, New York, pp1034-1037.

1995 " Women in the Bush: Subject or Object?" (with J. Knowles) ed. F. Vanclay
With a Rural Focus Charles Sturt University, Centre for Rural Social Research.

1987 "Study Guide and Readings on Kinship" for Dimensions of Social Life Deakin University.

Refereed journal articles

2015 (August) Procreative and Performative Kinship in Victorian Caravan Parks, The Australian Journal of Anthropology.
2014 'Permanent residency in caravan parks: alternative and acceptable housing for some' Social Alternatives vol 33(2)58-63.
2012 with David Waldron, 'Rethinking Appropriation of the Indigenous – a Critique of the Romanticist Approach', Nova Religio vol 16.
2011 'Reversing housing and health pathways? Evidence from Victorian caravan parks', Health Sociology Review vol 20(1).
2009 with Lorene Gottschalk 'Rural homophobia: not really gay' Gay & Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review, vol 5, no 3, pp 153-159.

2008 with John Hannaford, 'Sacrifice, Grief and the Sacred at the Contemporary 'Secular' Pilgrimage to Gallipoli,' Borderlands, vol 7:1.

2008 (Sept) 'Emotional attachment to home and security for permanent residents in caravan parks in Melbourne,' Journal of Sociology Vol 44(3) pp219-232.

2007 'Dunnies and Australian culture: looking backward and forward to explicate community memory' Journal of Australian Studies 'Open to Interpretation, No 91, pp 81-92.

2006 Permanent residents in caravan parks, managers and the persistence of the social, Health Sociology Review 15:2:221-231.

2006 with Glenice Wood, 'Childlessness and women managers: 'choice' context and discourses', Gender Work and Organisation vol.13: 4.

2006 Flower farming in the Dandenongs 1901-1970s: smallholder success and aesthetic values, Victorian Historical Journal 77:1:66-84.

2006 with Glenice Wood, 'Facing the wall' –'equal' opportunity for women in management? Equal Opportunity International, 25:1:8-24.

2004 with Lorene Gottschalk and Glenice Wood,'Start Up and Beyond: Evolving Training Needs for Rural Women in Small Business'. Journal of New Business Ideas and Trends, 2:1:29-42.

2003 with Glenice Wood and Lorene Gottschalk, 'Motivation and Success -Mixed Motivations for women and small business in Regional Victoria Rural Society 13:1:5-21.

2002 'Working and Playing in Oral History', Oral History Journal vol 30:1:54-62.

2001 'Remembering King Billy' Journal of Australian Colonial History vol 3:2:61-80.

2000 (with S. Turale) 'Student Poverty at the University of Ballarat', Australian
Journal of Social Issues, vol 35:3:252-267.

1999 Rejecting suburban identity on the fringes of Melbourne, Anthropology at Home
in Australia, ed. John Morton The Australian Journal of Anthropology, Special Issue 11 10:3:320-336.

1996 "Between city and wilderness: bush tourism in Victoria" eds H Reynolds & R Nile, Journal of Australian Studies 49:67-80.

1996 'Angels, Heroes and Traitors, Research in Melanesia. vol 20: 141-156.

1993 (with C Deans, K Fort, P Knott & S Richards "Integrating Undergraduate Nursing Students into the Tertiary System Regional Journal of Social Issues.27 pp99-112.

1990 "Modern Marriage in PNG" in C. Healey Culture and Development in PNG special Issue Canberra Anthropology.

1990 "Becoming 'authentic' Australians Through Music" in J.Marcus Writing Australian Culture special Issue Social Analysis 27.

1988 "Aborigines, Tribes and the Counterculture" Social Analysis 23.

1985 "Orokaiva Technology and Cooperation", Mankind 15:3,Dec.
1983 "Orokaiva Warfare and Production", The Journal of the Polynesian Society 92:4.
1982 "Feasting for Oil Palm", Social Analysis, 10.


  • The Australian Sociological Association
  • Australian Family Thematic Group