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Dr Lorinda Cramer Name: Dr Lorinda Cramer
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
+613 9953 3199
Organisational Area
Faculty of Education and Arts
National School of Arts
Building 412 - Arts Precinct (34-36 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065)-Level 1-Room 412.1.04
Biographical Information

Dr Lorinda Cramer is a postdoctoral researcher in the National School of Arts. Dr Cramer is currently working with Dr Melissa Bellanta on a project examining men's clothing in twentieth-century Australia.

Dr Cramer holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Cultural Heritage and a PhD from Deakin University. 



Lorinda Cramer. 2020. Needlework and Women's Identity in Colonial Australia. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Journal Articles

Lorinda Cramer. 2020. 'Rethinking men's dress through material sources: The case study of a singlet'. Australian Historical Studies. Published online 30 June. DOI: 10.1080/1031461X.2020.1772328.

Lorinda Cramer. 2020. '"Busy, without thimbles, at the needlework": Men's sewing and masculinity on the Victorian Goldfields, 1851-1861'. Journal of Victorian Culture 25.2: 153-170. DOI: org/10.1093/jvcult/vcz063.

Lorinda Cramer and Andrea Witcomb. 2019. '"Hidden from view"?: An analysis of the integration of women's history and women's voices into Australia's social history exhibitions'. International Journal of Heritage Studies 25.2: 128-142. DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2018.1475409.

Lorinda Cramer and Andrea Witcomb. 2018. 'Remembering and fighting for their own: Vietnam veterans and the Long Tan cross'. Australian Historical Studies 49.1: 83-102. DOI: 10.1080/1031461X.2017.1394887.

Lorinda Cramer. 2018. 'Diggers' dress and identity on the Victorian goldfields, Australia, 1851-1870'. Fashion Theory 22.1: 85-108. DOI:10.1080/1362704X.2016.1266833.

Lorinda Cramer. 2017. 'Making "everything they want but boots": Clothing children in Victoria, Australia, 1840-1870'. Costume 51.2: 190-209. DOI: 10.3366/cost.2017.0024.

Lorinda Cramer. 2017. 'Making a home in gold-rush Victoria: Plain sewing and the genteel woman'. Australian Historical Studies 48.2: 213-226. DOI:10.1080/1031461X.2017.1293705.

Lorinda Cramer. 2017. 'Keeping up appearances: Genteel women, dress and refurbishing in gold-rush Victoria, Australia, 1851-1840'. Textile: Cloth and Culture 15.1: 48-57. DOI: 10.1080/14759756.2016.1209876.

Lorinda Cramer. 2012. 'Where "money is the idol": Needlework and genteel identity in gold rush Victoria, 1851-1865'. Context: dress/fashion/textiles 25: 8-21.


My research interests are:

  • gender history  
  • dress history
  • material culture studies

My current research project focuses on the history of men's dress in twentieth-century Australia, and is driven by objects and their traces in photographs.

Professional Memberships

Australian Historical Association

Professional Historians Association (Vic & Tas)

Australian Women's History Network

Australian Museums and Galleries Association


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