1986 …2020

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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 Treaty and the Matter of History (2009). He is jointly responsible for Thinking Black: William Cooper and the Australian Aborigines’ League (2004) and The 1967 Referendum: Race, Power and the Australian Constitution (2007). He has edited or co-edited several collections of essays, including recently Protection and Empire: A Global History (2017).  He has recently collaborated with Anne Scrimgeour to create a major website on the Pilbara Aboriginal strike: https://pilbarastrike.org/. 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). Bain has also undertaken work for the National Museum of Australia and written 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


Award Date: 3 May 1985

History, MPhil, University of Auckland


Award Date: 2 Mar 1979

BSocSc, University of Waikato


Award Date: 1 Apr 1977

Research area keywords

  • History and Memory
  • Indigenous history

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Research Output

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

‘Towards a Post-Foundational History of the Treaty’

Attwood, B., 2019, Indigenous Peoples and the State: International Perspectives on the Treaty of Waitangi. Hickford, M. & James, C. (eds.). Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 94-110 17 p. (Indigenous Peoples and the Law).

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

2 Citations (Scopus)

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

2 Citations (Scopus)

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

3 Citations (Scopus)