Academy of Accounting Historians


8th Accounting History International Conference

  • 19 Aug 2015
  • 21 Aug 2015
  • Ballarat, Australia
“Accounting’s history in diverse industries and other settings”


Sponsored by: Faculty of Business, Federation University Australia (formerly the University of Ballarat) and Accounting History Special Interest Group of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand.


Papers will focus on studying accounting in the distinctive business and non-business contexts in which it is situated and may include, but is not limited to, historical studies of:

  • Accounting innovation within particular industries;
  • Industry specific accounting rules, standards and related regulations;
  • The role of accounting in enabling or inhibiting the growth of particular industries;
  • Transfers of accounting technology between industries;
  • Adaptations to accounting technology made within particular industries;
  • Industry specific textbooks and educational programs;
  • Unique accounting issues within particular industries;
  • Accounting in distinctive non-industrial settings, such as religious orders, hospitals, not-for-profit entities, and government and public sector institutions.

An Emerging Scholars’ Colloquium will be held immediately prior to the conference.

Inquiries may be directed to the Conference Convener, Brian West, Faculty of Business, Federation University Australia, at the following e-mail address:

The historical Australian city of Ballarat is situated just over an hour by rail or road to the west of the state capital of Melbourne.  Ballarat was founded during the gold rush of the 1850s and is often identified as the birthplace of Australian democracy.  The city’s rich history – both literally and figuratively – is preserved in its historic buildings, streetscapes, tourist attractions and art gallery. 

Further information about visiting Ballarat can be found at

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