Jenny Gregory

Emeritus Professor, BA PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 1.51, Arts Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


  • 178 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
1992 …2020
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Personal profile


Jenny Gregory AM FRHS MPHA MICOMOS is Emeritus Professor of History at The University of Western Australia and a member of the Centre for WA History.

In 2010 she was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to history and the community, previously she was awarded a Champion Award by the National Year of the Built Environment (2004) and a Centenary Medal (2001) for her service to the community as President of the National Trust (WA) (1998-2007). She was Chair of the National Trust (WA) and Deputy Director of the Australian Council of National Trusts (2007-2010). She was inaugural President of the History Council of WA (2001-06).

Roles and responsibilities

Emeritus Professor of History

Future research

Lost Places and the limits of Heritage
Collecting the West
Water Sensitive Cities
Transnational planning ideas
Energy and Resource Capitals
Western Australian History

Funding overview

2016-20 CI Collecting the West: Reimagining Western Australia from its collections (ARC DP $750,192)
2012-16 CI CRC for Water Sensitive Cities ($30,000)
2010 CI Western Australian Places (UWA-UQ Bilateral Research Collaboration Award $17,699)
2006-09 CI Town Planning Association (ARC DG $164,178)
2005-09 CI Land of the Black Stump (ARC DG $331,665)
2005-09 CI East Perth Power Station (ARC LP $172,320)
2003-07 CI Historical Encyclopedia of Western Australia (ARC LP, WA Regional Investment Scheme, Constitutional Centre of WA, Lotterywest $957,284)

Previous positions

Head, School of Humanities (2009-2015)
Acting Head, School of Music (2009-2011)
Chair, Discipline of History (2008)
Chair, Discipline of Philosophy (2007)
Director, UWA Press (1998-2006)
Director, Centre for WA History (1989-1998)
Lecturer, Department of History

Current projects

She is currently researching the emotional component of protest in cities, lost heritage places and the limits of heritage, the impact of collecting practices on Western Australia, and the history of water use in Perth

Industrial relevance

Museum collecting policies
History of water use in the city
Impact of mineral and resource booms on the city
Planning history of the city

Teaching overview

Honours and postgraduate supervision
Previously taught urban and suburban history, WA history, and heritage


Urban history, planning history and heritage




  • Western Australian History
  • Heritage
  • Urban History
  • Urban Planning
  • Australian History

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Research Output 1992 2019

Drought, Mud, Filth, and Flood: Water Crises in Australian Cities, 1880s–2010s

Gaynor, A., Cook, M., Frost, L., Gregory, J., Morgan, R., Shanahan, M., Spearritt, P., Avey, S., Etherington, N., Gralton, E. & Martin, D. J., 2019, Environment & Society Portal, 3.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationFeatured article

Open Access
nineteenth century

The Esplanade and the City Gatekeepers: Contesting the limits of urban heritage protection

Gregory, J. A., Mar 2019, Historicising heritage and emotions: The affective histories of blood, stone and land. Marchant, A. (ed.). London: Routledge, p. 214-233 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter


Battle for the barracks

Gregory, J. A., 2017, Radical Perth, militant Fremantle. Fox, C., Oliver, B. & Layman, L. (eds.). Perth: Black Swan Press, p. 129-138

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

3 Citations (Scopus)
twentieth century
Crude oil
oil industry

The peripatetic professor and a sense of place

Gregory, J. A., 2017, A Historian for All Seasons: Essays for Geoffrey Bolton. Macintyre, S., Layman, L. & Gregory, J. (eds.). Clayton, Vic.: Monash University Publishing, p. 171-203

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Projects 1995 2020