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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, 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, 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

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, 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.,

O'Brien A, 2018, Listening to homeless women: history and the role of the media in the campaign for better policy, ABC Online,;

O'Brien A, 2018, Homelessness, Policy and the Media: How a Long Lens Helps, Australian Policy and History, 23 October 2018;

O'Brien AP, 2018, 'No Foreign Country: Indigenous History is Essential to Counter Neoliberal Ideology' ABC Religion and Ethics, Opinion

O'Brien AP; Holst H, 2017, How history can challenge the narrative of blame for homelessness,

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