Bruce Baskerville


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

    6009 Perth


Personal profile

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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

History, Doctor of Philosophy, The Chrysalid Crown: An un-national history of the Crown in Australiua, 1808-1986, University of Sydney


Award Date: 3 May 2017

History, Bachelor Arts, 1st Class Honours, Creating Arcadia?: A history of nature conservation in colonial Western Australia, 1870-1914, The University of Western Australia


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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  • 2021 Margaret Medcalf Award

    Curthoys, Ann (Recipient), Gregory, Jenny (Recipient), Marshall, Louis (Recipient), Baskerville, Bruce (Recipient), Burke, Shane (Recipient), Hyland, Joanne (Recipient), Maxwell-Stuart, Hamish (Recipient), Moss, Kellie (Recipient), Roscoe, Katherine (Recipient), Young, Denise (Recipient) & Romano, B'Geela (Recipient), 19 Nov 2021

    Prize: Award