I am a high school relief teacher and part-time PhD Candidate at the University of Western Australia.
My PhD research is on the changing political and spatial relationships between settlers and Aboriginal people in the early colony of Western Australia (up to around 1850). I am investigating how the political dynamic of colonial administration changed from one of diplomacy and insecurity to that of sovereignty and jurisdiction. I am also researching how the settlers engaged with different Aboriginal (mostly Noongar) countries on a spatial level, and how this evolved over time.
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.
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.
- Colonial History
- Colonialism and imperialism
- Spatial history