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O'Brien AP, 2014, Philanthropy and settler colonialism, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstock,

O Brien AP, 2005, God`s Willing Workers: women and religion in Australia, Original, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney

O'Brien AP, 1988, Poverty's Prison: The Poor in New South Wales, 1880-1918, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne

Book Chapters

O'Brien A, 2022, ''Economic and Social Welfare'', in Cane P; Ford L; McMillan M (ed.), Cambridge Legal History of Australia, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

O'Brien A, 2019, ''Homeless women': Histories of emotion and justice', in Aggleton P; Broom, A; Moss J (ed.), Practical Justice: principle, practice and social change, Routledge, New York: London, pp. 25 - 37,

O'Brien AP, 2015, 'Australian Methodist Women', in Methodism in Australia, edn. Ashgate Methodist Studies Series, Ashgate, pp. 211 - 224,

O'Brien AP, 2014, ''Christian Church Workers'', in Smart J; Swain S (ed.), The Encyclopaedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia, Australian Women's Archives Project, Melbourne,

O'Brien AP, 2013, 'Religion', in Macintyre S; Bashford A (ed.), The Cambridge History of Australia : Volume 1 Indigenous and Colonial Australia, edn. 1st, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 414 - 437,

O Brien AP, 2012, 'The 'fully-ordained meat pie problem': women church workers and leadership under Australian democracy', in Francis R; Grimshaw P; Standish A (ed.), Seizing the initiative: Australian women leaders in politics, workplaces and communities, edn. Original, The University of Melbourne: eScholarship Research Centre, Melbourne, pp. 293 - 300

O'Brien AP, 2012, 'Women in the churches before 1992: 'No obtrusive womanhood'', in Lindsay E; Scarfe J (ed.), Preachers, prophets and heretics: Anglican women's ministry, edn. Original, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 30 - 54

O Brien AP, 2011, 'Maude O'Connell and 'the need of the mother'', in Davis F; Musgrove N; Smart J (ed.), Feminists, Firsts and Founders: women leaders in twentieth century Australia, edn. Original, e-Scholarship Research Centre, University of Melbourne., Melbourne, pp. 105 - 129

O Brien AP, 2009, ''The Irish origins of Australian Catholicism' [7000 words] in James Jupp (ed) The Encyclopedia of Religion in Australia, Cambridge University Press, 2009', in Jupp J (ed.), The Encyclopaedia of Religion in Australia, edn. Original, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 235 - 245

O Brien AP, 2008, 'Saving the `Empty North`: Religion and Empire in Australia', in Carey HM (ed.), Empires of Religion, edn. Original, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 177 - 196

O Brien AP, 2006, '`A little lower than the angels`: WK Hancock and professing history in Australia', in Agendas for Australian Anglicanism: essays in honour of Bruce Kaye, edn. 1, Australasian Theological Forum, Hindmarsh, South Australia, Australia, pp. 171 - 191

O Brien AP, 2002, 'Anglicanism and gender issues', in Kaye B (ed.), Anglicanism in Australia, edn. First, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, pp. 270 - 292

Journal articles

O'Brien A, 2022, 'Housing the Homeless: How revisiting the 1940s assists the struggle.', Australian Journal of Social Issues,

O'Brien A, 2021, ''Archaic laws' and the making of the homelessness sector', Housing Studies,

O'Brien A, 2021, ''A Bargain with the Devil': Human Rights and Homelessness in the Neoliberal Age', Australian Historical Studies,

O'Brien A, 2020, 'Homeless Veterans: A Short Long History', Parity, vol. 33, pp. 8 - 10

O’Brien A, 2018, 'National Shame/National Treasure: Narrating Homeless Veterans in Australia 1915–1930s', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 49, pp. 167 - 183,

O'Brien AP, 2017, 'Homeless women and the problem of visibility: Australia 1900-1940', Women's History Review, vol. 27, pp. 1 - 19,

O'Brien AP, 2016, 'Catholic Nuns in Transnational Mission, 1528-2015', Journal of Global History, vol. 11, pp. 387 - 408,

O'Brien AP, 2015, 'Hunger and the Humanitarian frontier', Aboriginal History, vol 39:, vol. 39, pp. 109 - 134,

O Brien AP, 2012, 'Dorcas and the Do-nothings: Reflections on Histories of Women in the Church', Church Heritage, vol. 17, pp. 242 - 248

O Brien AP, 2011, 'Humanitarianism and reparation in colonial Australia', Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, vol. 12,

O Brien AP, 2011, 'Pauperism revisited', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 42, pp. 212 - 229,

O Brien AP, 2008, '`Kitchen Fragments and Garden Stuff` - Poor law discourse and indigenous people in early colonial New South Wales', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 39, pp. 150 - 166,

O Brien AP, 2008, '`All creatures of the Living God`: Religion and Leprosy in turn of the century Queensland', History Australia, vol. 5, pp. 1 - 16

O Brien AP, 2008, 'Charity and Philanthropy', Sydney Journal, vol. 1, pp. 18 - 28

O Brien AP, 2008, 'Creating the Aboriginal Pauper: Missionary Ideas in early 19th century Australia', Social Sciences and Missions, vol. 21, pp. 6 - 30

O Brien AP, 2008, 'Missionary masculinities, the homoerotic gaze and the politics of race: Gilbert White in Northern Australia', Gender and History, vol. 20, pp. 68 - 85

O Brien AP, 2007, 'Rethinking blasphemy - Religious ideas in the writings of W. K. Hancock, manning Clark and russel ward', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 38, pp. 228 - 243,

O Brien AP, 2007, 'Rethinking Blasphemy: religious ideas in the writings of WK Hancock, Manning Clark and Russel Ward', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 38, pp. 228 - 243,

O Brien AP, 2006, 'Faith, Fetes and Domesticity in Australia', Womens History Review, vol. 15, pp. 719 - 736,

O Brien AP, 2003, 'Australian Women Missionaries', Locality, vol. Winter, pp. 5 - 7

O Brien AP, 2002, 'Spirituality and work: Sydney women 1920-1960', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 33, pp. 373 - 388,

Carey HM; Breward I; Doumanis N; Frappell R; Hilliard D; Massom K; O Brien AP; Thompson RC, 2001, 'Australian Religion Review, 1980-2000, Part 2: Christian denominations', Journal of Religious History, vol. 25, pp. 56 - 82,

O Brien AP, 2001, 'Revisiting `family values`', Values, pp. 1 - 4

Carey HM; Breward I; O'Brien A; Rutland SD; Thompson R, 2000, 'Australian religion review, 1980-2000, part 1: Surveys, bibliographies and religions other than Christianity', Journal of Religious History, vol. 24, pp. 296 - 313,

O Brien AP; Carey HM; Breward I; Rutland SD; Thompson RC, 2000, 'Australian religion review, 1980-2000, Part 1: Surveys, bibliographies and religions other than Christianity', Journal of Religious History, pp. 247 - 362

O Brien AP, 2000, 'Militant mothers: Faith, power and identity in the Mothers` Union in Sydney, 1896-1950', Womens History Review, vol. 9, pp. 35 - 53,

O Brien AP, 2000, 'Playing second fiddle for Christ`s sake: Women, religion and history', Women-Church, pp. 13 - 16

O Brien AP, 1997, 'Sins of Omission: Women in the History of Australian Religion and Religion in the History of Australian Women', Australian Historical Studies, pp. 126 - 134

O Brien AP, 1996, 'The case of the cultivated man: class, gender and the Church of the Establishment in interwar Australia', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 2, pp. 242 - 256


O'Brien A, 2022, Human rights and homelessness in the neoliberal age,

O'Brien A, 2020, Can the COVID-19 pandemic disrupt Australia’s Faustian pact with neoliberalism? Taking the longer view,

O'Brien A, 2020, Race, poverty and disease: before the age of COVID 19,

O'Brien A, 2020, Punitive welfare is never a good idea: it's time to leave it in the past, ABC Religion and Ethics,

O'Brien A; Pawson H, 2020, 'We must act on homelessness before COVID-19 winter',

O'Brien A, 2019, 'Samia Khatun provides a different perspective on Australia's past', Sydney Morning Herald, 22 November, 2019.,

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