Bruce Baskerville

Bruce Baskerville


  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • The University of Western Australia (M250), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Research interests

My research interests lie in how old institutions are transported, adapted, re-formed, re-imagined, transplanted and naturalised or translated (or not) in new realms and new social and material environments, especially in settler societies.  Continuities, and the maintenance of continuities through change, is of great interest to me, as is historiography and the ways historians shape particular historical narratives and privilege particular interpretations.  I like to write within long time frames, and whole landscapes and enduring cultural institutions, while drawing upon the insights of local and microhistory, thick description, environmental legends and mythologies, and social rituals and ceremonies.  These approaches inform my studies of crowns and viceroyalty, convict transportation and 'gay' histories, and emphasise the role of material evidence as well as documentary sources.

Education/Academic qualification

History, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney


Award Date: 3 May 2017

History, Bachelor Arts, 1st Class Honours


Award Date: 23 Mar 1993

Industry keywords

  • Built Environment
  • Environmental
  • Creative Arts

Research expertise keywords

  • Crowns and viceroyalty
  • Cultural landscapes
  • Common lands
  • Convict transportation
  • Place names
  • Heritage places
  • Symbols and honours
  • Gay histories


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