James Cassidy

James Cassidy

Mr, Doctor of Philosophy Student

Personal profile


I am a part-time PhD Candidate at the University of Western Australia and a high school relief teacher. Working in secondary education made me more interested in the gaps in our understanding of Western Australia's early colonial history, which led me to the topic I am researching.


My PhD research (Space in the Invasion of Whadjuk Country and Beyond, 1829-1839) is focused on deepening our understanding of space in the early invasion of Noongar Country. At the heart of my research is a desire to place the early Swan River Colony within Noongar Country, rather than somehow outside of it. I am primarily focused on examining the spatial impact of the scattered early colony, and how this impact changed with the growth of a spatially expansive pastoral industry. Beyond this, I am also researching efforts by the early settlers and colonial regime to understand the Country outside of the colony, and their often failed attempts to project spatial authority onto it.

Research interests

Outside of my above mentioned PhD research, I am interested in researching the colonial relationship between the south west of Western Australia and the other parts of the state.

I also have a particular interest in the status of history in the school curriculum (both in the sense of HASS in years K-10 and Modern History as an ATAR course). This applies to the number of students studying history, but also the types and topics of history being taught from K-12.

Community engagement

I am a member of both the History Council of Western Australia and the Royal Western Australia Historical Society. Involvement in these groups has increased my awareness of the importance of history's promotion on both a public and educational level.

Research expertise keywords

  • Colonial History
  • Colonialism
  • Colonialism and imperialism
  • Spatial history


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