School of History Highlights

School of History Highlights

The School of History specialises in early modern and modern history with a focus on Western history, and includes three centres of Biography, Environmental History, and Indigenous History. Each centre is a globally recognised reasearch hub in their field and reflects both research excellence and public engagement on historical issues.

Events, Conferences and Exhibitions

  • Aboriginal History Inc, along with the School of History and the College of Arts and Social Sciences, all celebrated the 40 year anniversary of the Aboriginal History Journal. The celebration involved the hosting of a masterclass and a symposium on the 27 October 2017, which was a series of discussions led by past and present editors of the Aboriginal History Journal, as well as Board Members. The discussions focused on assisting those wanting to turn their research into an article for submission to the journal or a book proposal for the Aboriginal History’s monograph series.
  • The School of History was involved in many different Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC) conferences and forums including the KALACC Cultural Solutions Forum in Broome, the KALACC Directors Meeting in Kununurra (which discussed Facilitating Cultural Solutions Statements) and the KALACC Festival and AGM, in which a session was facilititated on Cultural economies and Country based suicide prevention and division programs
  • The School of History also presented a Facilitiating Cultural Economies Session at the National Native Title Conference in Townsville. The Conference was an opportunity to reflect on the impact of the decision of the rights to lands and waters under Idigenous laws and customs.


  • School of History National Centre of Biography scholar Dr Chris Wallace was recognised by academic and research media outlet The Conversation for her essay entitled Note to Liberals: On the leadership front, best to keep calm and carry on. The essay has been published in their book 50 Standout Articles from Australia’s Top Thinkers.
  • The School of History Book Writing Group was given the opportunity to make extensive revisions to the draft manuscript of Before Racism? Human Variation in Early Modern English Culture in which the manuscript will be published by Manchester University Press.


  • PhD Candidate Annemarie McLaren has been awarded the prestigious Hakluyt Society Essay Prize for her submission Neither Middle Ground nor Native Ground: Reading the life of Goggey, an Aboriginal Man on the Fringes of Early Colonial Sydney.
  • Professor Tom Griffiths has won the 2017 Ernest Scott Prize for History, as supported by the History Program in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Professor Griffiths won the award for his book The Art of Time Travel: Historians and their Craft
  • Professor Ann McGrath recieved two outstanding awards, including the Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia for her significant services to tertiary education and to the social sciences as an academic researcher in Indigenous history. She was also awarded the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship Rediscovering the deep human past: global networks, future opportunities in June 2017. She will spend her time analysing Australia’s epic Indigenous narratives alongside relevant new scientific evidence in order to develop future-oriented transdisciplinary techniques for researching the deep human past.

Updated:  28 September 2018/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications