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Bain Attwood has published extensively in the history of colonialism. His sole authored books include The Making of the Aborigines (1989), Rights for Aborigines (2003), Telling the Truth About Aboriginal History (2005) and Possession: Batman's Treart and the Matter of History (2009). He has also done a jointly authored book with his colleague Andrew Markus on the 1967 Referendum (2007), and edited several collections of essays. He has held fellowships at the Australian National University (2001-03) and Cambridge University (2007-08), and the Harvard Chair of Australian Studies (2014-15), undertaken work for the National Museum of Australia, and has written occasionally on indigenous history for newspapers.

Supervision interests

I welcome students wishing to undertake theses in the fields of indigenous history, history and memory, and public history.

Education/Academic qualification

History, PhD, La Trobe University


History, MPhil, The University of Auckland


BSocSc, University of Waikato


Research area keywords

  • History and Memory
  • Indigenous history

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Projects 2005 2019

Research Output 1986 2019

The National Gallery of Victoria’s Colony and Difficult History

Attwood, B., 2 Jan 2019, In : Australian Historical Studies. 50, 1, p. 99-116 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Protection claims: The British, Maori and the islands of New Zealand, 1800–40

Attwood, B. M., 2018, Protection and Empire: A Global History. Benton, L., Clulow, A. & Attwood, B. (eds.). 1st ed. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 153-174 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Denial in a settler society: The Australian case

Attwood, B., 1 Sep 2017, In : History Workshop Journal. 84, 1, p. 24-43 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Protection and Empire: A Global History

Benton, L., Clulow, A. & Attwood, B., 2017, Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press (Anthem Press). 274 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

The Good Country: The Djadja Wurrung, the Settlers and the Protectors

Attwood, B. M., 2017, 1st ed. Clayton VIC Australia: Monash University Publishing. 225 p. (Australian History)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review