I am a researcher, writer, and educator with a decade of experience in Australia's higher education sector. My teaching and research has been recognised by leading professional bodies, and I have published widely in key national, international, scholarly and popular forums. I have undergraduate degrees in history and philosophy, graduate training in higher education, and a research doctorate in history. I am currently completing a graduate law degree. My focus in academia has been the history of the Scots in Australia and the history of the Western District of Victoria. My first book was The Scots in Australia: 1788-1938 (Boydell Press 2017). My most recent book is Gariwerd: An Environmental History of the Grampians (CSIRO Publishing 2020), which won the Local History Small Publication Award in the 2020 Victorian Community History Awards. I am also a freelance writer and contribute to a range of publications on diverse subjects including classical music, religion, and history.
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Forthcoming and in preparation
'Ngamadjidj Encounters with the Tappoc Gundidj, 1836-41', Victorian Historical Journal, forthcoming 2021.
with Claire Wright, 'Small worlds: Corporate-Professional Formation and Australia’s Corporate Elite, 1910-2018', Business History, under review.
with Fred Cahir, Ian Clark, Dan Tout, and Jiddah Clark, 'Aboriginal Fire Fighters in Colonial South-Eastern Australia', in preparation.
'Volcanism in Aboriginal Australian Oral Traditions', Geology Today, Vol. 36, 2020.
with Fred Cahir and Ian D. Clark, 'Volcanism in Aboriginal Australian Oral Traditions: Ethnographic Evidence from the Newer Volcanics Province', Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, Vol. 403, 2020.
Review of All Things Harmless, Useful, and Ornamental: Environmental Transformation through Species Acclimatization, from Colonial Australia to the World, by Pete Minard, Environmental History, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2020.
'Rivers, Empire, and a Scottish transport company in colonial Malawi', Arcadia: Explorations in Environmental History, Spring, 2020.
Review of Global Migrations: The Scottish Diaspora since 1600, by Angela McCarthy and John MacKenzie (eds), The Innes Review, Vol. 70, No. 2, 2019.
‘Ferdinand von Mueller in the Victorian Grampians’, Victorian Historical Journal, Vol. 90, No. 2, November 2019.
'Scotland’s Antipodean Archipelago: The Otago Settlement and its Australasian Context', Scotland's Colony? Rethinking Scottish Studies through the optic of Otago, University of Otago, Dunedin, December 2019.
'The Scottish Enlightenment in Australia’, Genealogy Society of Victoria Scottish Ancestry Seminar, Melbourne, July 2019.
'Politicians, poetry, and the many faces of Robert Burns in Australia', Robert Burns Scottish Festival, Camperdown, July 2019.
‘Defending nature: Animals and militarised landscapes in Australia’, in Nancy Cushing and Jodi Frawley (eds), Animals Count: How population size matters in animal-human relations, Routledge, 2018.
'Rights, reconciliation, and the restoration of Djabwurrung and Jardwadjali names to Grampians-Gariwerd', Victorian Historical Journal, 2018. Shortlisted for the Biennial John Adams Prize for best article on Victorian history in 2017-18, Royal Historical Society of Victoria.
‘Grampians or Gariwerd? The meaning of national parks in settler-colonial societies’, Centre for the Study of the Inland, La Trobe University, November 2018.
'Introduction: Scots and the making of the Western District of Victoria', in Scotland to Australia Felix: Founding Scots of Victoria's Camperdown District, Camperdown & District Historical Socity Inc., 2018.
‘David Livingstone’; ‘The Darien Scheme’; ‘The Victoria Statue, Hong Kong’; 'Rajasthan Spice Box', in Mark Doyle (ed), The British Empire: A Historical Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, 2018.
'Scotland and Australian botany in the colonial era', Australian Garden History, Vol. 29, No. 2, October 2017.
'Scots, Empire, and the Australian Environment', History Scotland, Vol. 17, No. 4, 2017.
'Family networks and the Australian pastoral industry: A case study of the Port Phillip District and Victoria during the nineteenth century', Agricultural History, vol. 91, no. 1, 2017.
Review of From Alba to Aotearoa: Profiling New Zealand's Scots Migrants, 1840–1920, by Rebecca Lenihan, Journal of British Studies, vol. 56, no. 2, 2017, pp. 434-436.
'The Scots in the Western District of Victoria', Genealogical Society of Victoria, October 2016.
'Australian environments in war and peace: Toward an environmental history of Australia's defence estate', Australian Historical Association Conference, Ballarat, July, 2016.
'Lairds of suburbia: Scottish migrant settlement and housing in Australian cities, 1880-1930', Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, Vol. 26, No. 1.
Review of Clubbing Together: Ethnicity, Civility and Formal Sociability in the Scottish Diaspora to 1930, by Tanja Bueltmann, Australian Historical Studies, Vol. 46, No. 2. 2015, pp. 317-319.
'Beyond Scottish exceptionalism', History Australia, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2015, pp. 248-250.
'Space, commemoration, and iconography: Scottish monuments and memorials in Australia', in F Cahir, A Inglis, & A Beggs-Sunter (eds), Scots Under The Southern Cross: Scottish Perspectives Of Australia, Ballarat Heritage Services, Ballarat, 2015.
Review of Bigotry, Football and Scotland, by John Flint and John Kelly (eds.), Cultural and Social History, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 284-285.
'Popular imperialism, Scottish identity, and William Wallace in an Australian colonial city', Etudes écossaises, no. 18, 2015.
'Weaving the tartan: Culture, imperialism, and Scottish identities in Australia, 1788-1938', PhD thesis, Monash University, Melbourne, 2014.
'Water supply and sanitation in nineteenth-century Melbourne', CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Monash University, 2014.
'Urban water crises in the 19th and 20th centuries: A bibliographic essay', CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Monash University, 2014.
'When William Wallace was a Unionist', Quadrant, April 2014.
'The tie that binds: popular imperialism and the Australian Scottish delegation of 1928', International Review of Scottish Studies, Vol. 39, 2014, pp. 107-136.
'Sites of Scottish memory and identity: A survey of monuments and memorials in Australia', paper presented at the Scottish Australia Symposium, Federation University, Ballarat, 2014.
'Scottish convicts in Australia', History Scotland, Vol. 14, No. 6, 2014, pp. 22-27.
'Warriors of Empire: popular imperialism and the Victorian Scottish Regiment, 1898-1938', Victorian Historical Journal, Vol. 85, No. 1, 2014, pp. 73-96.
'Scottish identity in stone: statues of Robert Burns and William Wallace in 19th century Ballarat', Victorian Historical Journal, Vol. 84, No. 2, 2013, pp. 279-302.
'Scottish workers and radicals in early twentieth century Australia', Scottish Labour History, Vol. 48, 2013, pp. 74-94.
'Scottish communists in 1930s Australia', History Scotland, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2013, pp. 26-32.
with Malcolm Prentis, '"Coming lonely to the land" or "crawlers round the bardie's name": memorials to Robert Burns in Australia', paper presented at the Australian Historical Association Conference, Adelaide, 2012.
'Empire, identity, and the Australian Scottish delegation of 1928', paper presented at the Australian Historical Association Conference, Launceston, 2011.