Community Engagement

The historians at UNSW enjoy a high profile in the Australian community, receiving public awards and fellowships, as well as holding important links with cultural, religious and legal institutions. Our staff provide expert advice to government, inform policy debates, run public events, and consult on radio and television documentaries. We also host the Australian Studies Regional Seminar (with Newcastle University), a unique interdisciplinary seminar series aimed at strengthening the Australian Studies community in NSW.

Examples include:

  • Board membership for the Historic Houses Trust, Dictionary of Sydney, Sydney Harbour YHA on the Big Dig site, and the History Council of NSW.
  • Prime Minister’s History Award 2011: Grace Karskens’ ‘The Colony’
  • Sarah Maddison’s work on Indigenous Australia has seen her give keynotes at meetings of national significance as well as see her selected to attend the Prime Minister’s 20/20 Summit in the Indigenous Future’s Stream.
  • John Gascoigne and Grace Karksens have all appeared as expert historians on recent Australian and international television documentaries.
  • Australian Feminist History series
  • Manage the AustLII LIEF project aimed at recovery and publication of pre-1950 Australian legal history sources.
  • Consultancies for government bodies heritage organisations and advisory panels, as well as acting as expert witnesses in legal trials; involvement with NGOs including Get Up!; the Botany Bay Participation and Review Committee; the Professional Historical Association, the Francis Forbes Society for Legal History; the NSW Bar Association; the Mitchell Library; the Historic Houses Trust, the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, the National Museum of Australia and various heritage and literary societies. Editorial boards of prestigious journals in the field and scholarly institutes.