Welcome! I am a historian at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. I specialize in the history of the eighteenth-century world, particularly the British Empire and the many indigenous societies it encountered. I also have interests in visual history, anthropological history, experimental uses of biography, and issues surrounding higher education and the humanities. On this site you’ll find links to my historical writing, reflections on my historical reading, and discussions of various historical engagements (oh, and an unlikely page on swimming).

[HEADER PICTURE CREDIT: “PRINCE LE BOO,” (C.1785), NAT. LIB. OF AUSTRALIA. 3837 #U7224 NK1675]

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Lobby your Academy to Lobby the Minister

Read this appalling revelation by Senator Kim Carr and then ACT: Footage of the evidence in #estimates from @arc_gov_au CEO https://t.co/0fu6jM06ex #auspol — Kim Carr (@SenKimCarr) October 25, 2018   Unis, for however good a reason, often feel too compromised to protest this. Your academies however do not. Academies do not just represent their fellows. … Continue reading Lobby your Academy to Lobby the Minister

The Humanities and 20 Years of Australian Political Culture

Just over a year ago I launched my personal website with a brief commentary on two media pieces that struck me as especially important and succinct. They focussed on the value of the humanities and other neglected forms of labour in our increasingly automated age. With it, I solidified one friendship and made another, and … Continue reading The Humanities and 20 Years of Australian Political Culture

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